NCDEO Advisory Board
Glenna Batson ScD, PT, MA : For four decades, Glenna Batson has drawn from multiple forms of movement expression as catalysts for artistic growth, teaching, and wellness. Glenna seeks to broaden the scope of dance through the integration of movement science, embodiment studies, human movement science, and Somatics. She retired from the American Dance Festival after 29 years, and remains professor emeritus at Winston-Salem State University, honorary associate professor in exercise science at Wake Forest University and Fulbright senior specialist. Glenna believes that dance is a vital inroad to empathic knowledge pivotal in helping us meet today’s societal challenges.
Susan Hartley: Susan is a dance educator with 40 years’ experience, NC licensed K-12, with a BA in Dramatic Arts from UNC-CH and MFA in Dance from UNC-G, has taught in Chapel Hill Carrboro City and Wake County Public Schools Pre-K-12, UNC-CH, NCSU and Meredith College. She has been NC Visiting Artist, United Arts Council Artist in Residence, Master Teacher, and Guest Artist. Susan was director/performer/choreographer with DANSYNC, performed with The Dance Project and the Annie Sailer Dance Company. Presently she facilitates workshops/residencies to Special Programs, Retirement Communities, Pre-K to 12, studios and universities incorporating Anne Green Gilbert’s Brain Dance and curriculum integration.
Jill A. Holcroft-Williams began teaching dance thirty years ago after obtaining her BFA in Dance from East Carolina University. Jill continued her studies at ECU by completing her dance certification and theater degree. After ten years of teaching middle school in Lenior County, Jill transfer to Pitt County and began teaching at DH Conley High School. Continuing her belief in always learning, Jill earned a Masters of Arts in Dance Education in 2008 from UNCG. Over the years, Jill has been a mentor/clinical teacher to over 39 student interns and establishing a NHSDA Dance Honor Society chapter. In 2006, Jill was NCAAHPERD/DANCE’s K-12 Dance Educator of the Year and last year, Jill was DH Conley’s Teacher of the Year. Recently, Jill’s Professional associations include NDEO, NCDEO, and ECU Friends of the Theater Board member.
Kerrie-Jean King: Kerrie-Jean is originally from Massachusetts where her passion for dance began when she started studying at the age of six with the late Carole Miller. She holds a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA in choreography from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduating from UNCG, she worked adjunct at UNCG and Elon before taking a job as the dance educator at Northern Guilford High School. Mrs. King is in her 8th year at Northern where she is also the Fine Arts Department chairperson and is the lead dance teacher for Guilford County Schools.
Betsy Ward-Hutchinson: Betsy is a dance educator who has been working in public and private schools in North Carolina for the past thirty years. She developed and taught the dance curriculum at Cary Academy from 1999-2015. Betsy is a graduate of Meredith College’s dance program and her graduate degree in dance education is from UNC-G. Betsy is hopeful that she can continue to work with people of all ages in the exploration of movement as a tool to communicate in a way that transcends the limits of words and connects us to the core of our human experience.