Body Rhythm Dance Theatre


















Shirley Bryant (Artistic Director)


Shirley Ann Bryant a native Detroiter, who graduated from Detroit Northern High School, BA in Computer Science from Marygrove College. Shirley was introduced to modern dance at the age of 10. Training includes Modern, Jazz, African and Dunham dance techniques locally and out of state. She studied under local artist Jacqueline Hillsman, BaBa Ali Abdullah, MaMa Fabio Manzira, Carole Morisseau, Jeri Sterrett, Greg Curry and Crystal White-Cade. She has performed in plays and festivals throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area.  Her dance experience includes:  Afro-Dance Workshop (1979-1982), Experimental Movement (1980-1982) artistic director Jacquelyn Hillsman, International African Cultural Arts Exchange Center (1991-1994) artistic director Ali Abdullah, Detroit City Dance Company (1995 - 1996) artistic director Carole Morisseau and Jazz & Spirit Dance Theatre of Detroit (1997-1998, 2002) artistic director Jeri Sterrett. She has worked as an IT   Specialist since 1987.  Co-Owner of ‘Body Rhythm Aerobics’ in Detroit Michigan and Founder of ‘Body Rhythm Dance Theatre’. Creator of Detroit's musical, Black Bottom's Paradise a Musical.

Debra Cherveny (Ballet)

Debra Cherveny. began her classical ballet training at the Taynton School and Center for Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan with Madame Mao and Joanne Dantol. Her studies continued with scholarships at the Dance Theatre of Harlem professional Ballet School in New York City. She then earned her BFA/Dance Performances Degree at Margrove College. Ms. Chervey  professional credits includes, performances with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Onyx Modern Dance Company and on tour with Aretha Franklin throughout the united States and Canada, including the Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Debra serves has a ballet instructor at Body Rhythm Dance Theatre, DMX Dance Center and Fem Fatale. She is also adjunct faculty for Margrove  College undergrad dance department. She has taught ballet throughout her community for several years. She enjoys introducing kids to ballet. Taking the classical form and applying it to the urban experience has been her life mission for teaching ballet. 


Ta’Rajee Omar, born in Detroit, Michigan, started her dance training at the age of seven at Wendy’s School of Dance (Wendy Morris) in Detroit, Michigan in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, and Modern, then continued her training at Fem Fatale Dance Studio (Rita Mosley) in Oak Park, Michigan. After graduating high school, she decided to continue her dance training at Wayne State University. During her time at Wayne State University she performed in the faculty works of Meg Paul, Jeff Rebudal. Proceeding her training at Wayne State, she has had the privilege of working with talented artist such as; Janis Brenner, Nathan Trice, Wanjiru  Kamayu., Jennifer Archibald (ArchCore40), Ronald K. Brown, Francesca Harper, Jawole Zollar. She has worked with visual artists Sameer Redy, Indigo Artists Collective, and Nick Cave, and collaborates with Brooklyn based dance company Brother(hood) Dance. A model in New York Designer Rachel Comey New York City Fashion Week (2015), and was featured on the Vogue website  and a recipient of the Moving Beauty Series December 2017 Commission.

Christopher Woolfolk
 has a Bachelors of Science in Dance Education and Business from Wayne State University (WSU). He has been training professionally for two years. His passion for dance has given him strength to accelerate and achieve a great deal in this short time, which has allowed him to perform in numerous repertories and companies. Christopher has performed in the WSU Company One (2010), which included a piece set by Christopher Huggins. He had an opportunity to share the stage with Marlene’s Ballet Company in South America. He recently attended Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre intensive in Chicago, IL, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet intensive in Detroit.  Christopher believes dance to be a transforming art form of expression. He uses this art form to educate, teach hip hop at local schools and liturgical praise dance at Lomax Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.  He has 
training in Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and African. 


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