Delicia Monet Hare, a native of Plainfield N.J., has been dancing professionally for over 35 years. She is a resident of Raleigh NC, and mother of four children, she is currently the owner of Monet Dance Performing Arts Company. Ms. Dee, as she is fondly known by her students, has been dancing since the age of nine and decide to take dance seriously and was considered a professional dancer at the age of 13. She began to take classes at New Jersey Ballet, while still devoted to her local dance studio, Joann’s School of Dance, where she auditioned and entered into their company, Le Centre Dance Ensemble, at the age of 13. This audition experience eventually lead her around the New Jersey area to dance competitions, professional master classes, and finally a chance to audition and be selected for a special program Summer Arts Institute at Rutgers College at the age of 15.
After successfully completing this intense summer program, she went on to be recognized by the Governor of New Jersey, Thomas Kean, for her accomplishments in the area of dance performance. This opened the door to her facilitating a grassroots program at her local high school for students who enjoyed performing arts. These carefully chosen students would be trail blazers in what is now called the performing arts curriculum in most public school programs today. In the programs infancy, students were bused at the end of the week to attend dance, drama, or voice classes in substitute for “study hall” or “specials” in their high school schedule. These programs are now a basic curriculum in most schools.
Once graduating high school, Delicia went on to attend University of the Arts, in Philadelphia PA and completed three years majoring in Modern Dance Performance with a minor in Ballet. During her college years, she began to teach and perform around the Philadelphia area, and has had experience dancing with Will Smith, AKA (Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff) and Boys 2 Men. In university she professionally trained under great Dance Master’s like Pat Thomas from the Martha Graham Company and Milton Myers of Ailey Dance School. Finally, starting a family Delicia moved to the North Carolina area in 1998. In 2002, Delicia started her first dance school in the Wakefield area of Raleigh, Productions School of Dance & Theatrical Arts. Loving dance with all her heart, she went on to open a few smaller schools and had retired to teaching and directing dance in local daycares, and some public and private middle and high schools, while nurturing her own small children at home as a single mom.
During this season she began to reconnect to her faith and use dance to worship God in the liturgical dance. She experienced the manifestation of this calling under the leadership of Senior Pastor Andy Thompson of World Overcomers Christian Church, as their dance ministry director. In 2009 she spread her wings and became founder and artistic coordinator of ReStoReD WORSHIP Arts Production Co., where she inspired to continue to serve God through dance and the worship arts, therefore after creating a professional atmosphere for worship arts ministries, Delicia ultimately aspired to build a new level of restored respect for the performing arts in ministry and the community at large. This was accomplished by establishing dance ministries throughout the Triangle Area.
In 2014, Delicia decided to walk through an open door and began the completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree at William Peace University. She graduated the university with the honor of Magna Cum Laude, in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Dance. She continued her educational path with Magna Cum Laude honors, at The University of North Carolina in Greensboro by obtaining her Master Degree in Applied Arts and Science as well as a second Master Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Upon completion of her degrees she maintained her ties to the community of dance and performing arts, thereby creating a new dance company, Monet Dance and Performing Arts Studio P.A.S., in an effort to establish a sustainable professional performing arts program that travels to the schools and daycares. DeMo P.A.S. Dance Company is now the baby of her Performing Arts Studios, and although in its Phase1 stage, Delicia and company has high hopes for its ground breaking. Delicia believes in the discipline of dance and performing arts and its ability to create strong individuals for the community at any age and stage in life. Whether younger children or adults, she thoroughly enjoys bringing out the performing artists in everyone!
Her goal is for everyone to understand the discipline of dance, to embrace the fierceness of dance, and to behold the beauty of dance!
“When words end and music has no more rhythm or rhyme that’s when my DANCE will pick up the time.”
Genet Freeman, recently crowned Mrs. Black Raleigh USA 2019, was born and raised in a small town North Carolina. Dance has always been an escape for her, and her love for the art of dance grew when she join the dance line at her local high school. This continued passion for dance technique and performance created an opportunity for her to continue practicing and performing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. There she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Dance. While attending N.C. A&T, she danced with the lovely ladies of Golden Delight(2006) and the E.Gwynn Dancers of North Carolina A&T (2010-2013).
While earning her degree, she had the opportunity to study abroad at the Edna Manley College of Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. Ms. Genet is a former high School coach and former Shaw University Dance Coordinator, who has over 10 years of teacher instructing with a solid history of achievement in facilitating a learning performing arts environment by establishing lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives.
Her overall love for dance and performing arts goes far beyond the stage, she believes in shaping the lives of her dancers through, discipline, dedication and sophistication. Her expertise is in productions that perform classical, modern, and acrobatic dances that express stories, rhythm, and sound with a performer's body.