Dionne Noble is co-artistic director of NobleMotion Dance and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University where she directs the graduate program, handles marketing for the Department of Dance and teaches modern technique, choreography, research methods and dance and technology. Additionally, she has served as faculty at Florida State University, University of South Florida and Western Washington University. Dionne received a BA in dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA in modern dance with an emphasis in dance and technology from the University of Utah. Dionne was named one of Houston’s 100 Creatives of 2013 by the Houston Press and her choreographic work was just featured on ABC’s television series “American Crime.”

Dionne was a member of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida and performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Paradigm Dance Project and Moving Current Dance Collective. She has also had the great opportunity to work with other artists such as Joe Goode, Molissa Fenley, Stephen Koester and Sean Curran.

Dionne’s choreographic work has been produced by Tallahassee Ballet, Moving Current Dance Collective, American College Dance Festival, Repertory Dance Theatre, University of Utah, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Paradigm Dance Project, Western Washington University, University of South Florida, Florida State University and FSU’s Dance Repertory Theatre (DRT). She has also been a guest artist at several colleges and performing arts high schools throughout the United States.

Dionne’s technological credits include being a contributing writer and consultant for, a web-based media resource designed in 2007 to promote innovative instruction in the area of dance technology. In 2009, she, along with colleagues Andy Noble and Tim Glenn, were invited to attend the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities to present Dance & Video: Merging Theoretical and Aesthetic Components of Two Motion Arts, a panel presentation utilizing She has had dance films show in InShadow – International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, Utah Dance Film Festival, and Motion Captured, An Evening of Dance on Film, Houston, TX.


2016 adjudicators

Shaté’s style can be described as engaging, skillful, and powerful. A passionate choreographer and performer with a diverse background that includes styles ranging from hip-hop, jazz, and tap, to modern and even stepping, Shaté Edwards delivers movement that adds a special flavor indicative of her authentic personality.

Shaté, a native of Houston, TX, graduated with honors from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, after which, she performed extensively throughout the U.S. and China. Her work has been commissioned by performance companies from Texas to Los Angeles, and she has choreographed over a dozen productions including Jubilee Theatre's critically acclaimed production of The Color Purple - The Musical.

Shaté is also a master instructor who has taught thousands of students throughout the U.S. and abroad. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University and currently serves as a dance professor at several community colleges in the DFW. Additionally, Shaté recently founded, a resource to help aspiring dancers navigate the tricky, yet rewarding, journey towards a successful dance career.




Golden Wright is currently the Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He holds a M.F.A. and B.F.A in Dance from Sam Houston State University. He is a classically trained ballet dancer and was a member of Ballet Austin. He performed as a guest artist with various other companies such as Ballet Arkansas, Beaumont Ballet Theatre, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, Corpus Christi Ballet and Victoria Ballet Company. He attended Joffery Summer Workshop in San Antonio and Ballet Austin Summer Intensive before joining Ballet Austin. His performing repertoire includes various ballets such as Cinderella, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Mr. Wright has performed and showcased choreography at multiple dance festivals such as Bailando Dance Festival, American College Dance Association – South Central Regional Conferences, and Exchange Dance Festival in Tulsa, OK.