A Detroit native, graduated from The California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. She received additional training at the California State Summer School of the Arts, Wayne State University, and as an exchange student at the London Contemporary Dance School in England. Mrs. Ray has performed with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Christopher and Friends directed by Christopher L. Huggins, the Lula Washington Dance Theater and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and the Zadonu African Dance Company. She has worked with noted choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Christopher L. Huggins, Alonzo King, Donald Byrd, Bruce Wood and Camille A. Brown. In addition to her concert dance performances, she has appeared in music videos, industrials in the U.S. and Europe.
She also teaches for the Dallas Black Dance Academy and has set choreography on Wayne State University's Dance Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, and the Milwaukee Dance Connection. Mrs. Ray was commissioned to create Le Afrique Masquerade for the Dallas Museum of Arts': The Art of Disguise exhibit of African Masks in the fall of 2010 as well as a commissioned work for the Dallas Holocaust Museum in 2009.
Mrs. Ray was a featured choreographer for the Tenth Annual Choreographers Choice Series in Dallas; and her work premiered in Vienna's 2003 International Black Dance Festival. She accompanied Dr. Chuck Davis, as an invited guest, during his annual pilgrimage to Africa, and has been a teaching Assistant and adjunct at Texas Woman's University. She is very involved in the community as an individual and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta. She is a community outreach instructor and the Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Summer Intensive program. Nycole is the past director of Bloom, Dallas Black Dance Academy's Performing Ensemble, and the Assistant Rehearsal Director for Dallas Black Dance Theatre. This marks her fifteenth season with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.