Raina Lucas (née Cephas) is a dance educator, choreographer, and creative research artist based in Washington, D.C. She received her BA in dance and psychology from Goucher College and an MFA in Dance with a concentration in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2015). Raina’s choreography has been performed at various venues including Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, Washington College, the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater, and The Crown at the Carolina Theater. Raina was selected to create an original work for the 2017-18 season of Tobacco Road Dance Productions, where she later served as a choreography mentor and panelist. She has also been commissioned to create work and host auditions for pre-professional and University performing arts programs. In Fall 2019, Raina joined Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts as the Faculty Artistic Director of the Georgetown University Dance Company (GUDC) where she trains pre-professional students in ballet and contemporary techniques, choreographs original works, and advises students on arts administration, dance production, and outreach. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown University, Raina taught at UNCG, Guilford College, Salem College, and North Carolina State University. (Photo by Zoe Litaker).