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 is also a certified aerobics instructor and has worked as an IT Specia-
list since 1987. Co-Owner of ‘Body Rhythm Aerobics’ in Detroit Michigan and Founder of ‘ Body Rhythm Dance Theatre’.
Carmela Adams, Associate Artistic Director
Carmela Adams a native of Detroit, Michigan trained at Toni’s School of Dance at the age of 11. Training includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, African, hip hop, and Dunham Technique. She danced and choreographed for local artist and dance companies throughout the Detroit area. Onyxx Dance Company, Freedom Danz Xpressionz, Passions Dance Company and Detroit- Windsor Dance Compay. She studied under Gina Ellis, Ray Mercer, Shashu Amenra, Deborah White-Hunt and Greg Curry. She had the pleasure of performing in the 2006 Superbowl pre- game show with Stevie Wonder, India Arie, Joss Stone and John Legend. She left Detroit in 2006 to tour nationally with My Little Pony and Sesame Street Live.
Kiarra Ambrose (Dancer)
Kiarra Ambrose is a Detroit native who graduated from Renaissance High School. Upon
graduation she attended Eastern Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor of Science for Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and Language,
Literature and Writing. She also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand
Valley State University. Kiarra currently teaches Algebra I and Geometry at University Prepara-
tory High School in Detroit, MI. As a child, she danced at Artistry in Motion Dance School
and later at Renaissance High School as a part of Dance Workshop under the direction of
Gina Ellis. Once she graduated from high school, she continued pursuing her love for dance
by joining Diversion Dance Troupe at Eastern Michigan University. She continues her passion
for dance by acting as the coach for the University Prep Panthers Dance Team since 2010
and most recently joining Body Rhythm Dance Company in 2012.
Erica (Johnson) Barham (Dancer)
Erica (Johnson) Barham, a Detroit Native, graduated from Renaissance High school.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Michigan State University
and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Wayne State University. Currently,
she has a career as an Internal Auditor. Erica began dancing at the age of 4 after being
inspired by her older brother, Edward Johnson. She attended several dance studios
including Toni’s School of Dance, Mr. Tatum’s School of Ballet, and MBS Training Center
practicing ballet, tap, jazz, Pointe, and gymnastics. Gina Ellis introduced her to the world of
modern dance, teaching techniques such as Dunham and Graham. While at Renaissance
High, she participated in both Dance Workshop and the Varsity Cheer team for 4 years.
Under Gina Ellis’ instruction, Erica had the honor of performing pieces by several talented
choreographers such as Ray Mercer, William McClelland, Judith Molina, Edward Franklin, Christopher Huggins, Shelika Tate, and Brittany Ward. While at Michigan State, Erica joined
Urban Dreams dance team which represented both hip-hop and modern dance. In 2008,
Erica joined Body Rhythm Dance Theatre.
Indigo Colbert (Guest Artist)
A native of Detroit, MI and currently working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre with a minor
in Dance at Wayne State University, where she’s also a part of To Sangana; WSU’s first African
Dance Company under the direction of Karen Prall. She attended both University Preparatory
Academy and the Detroit School of Fine and Performing Arts where she graduated in 2009.
While in high school she was able to study producing and directing for television at Detroit Public Television through University Prep’s internship program. Her mentors were Dave Devereaux and
Cato Wheatherspoon. At DSA she studied music technology. She was also a member of the
acting ensemble for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. At Mosaic she received her foundation in
training for professional theatre. At age 11 she decided that theatre would be her craft however,
she’s always made it a goal to be multifaceted. “In the world of the performing arts, it’s important
to be an all-around performer and artist.”She joined Body Rhythm Dance Theatre in the fall of
2012 to complete her circle of artistry.
Ja'Nel Davis (Dancer)
Janel Davis is from Las Vegas, Nevada and has been dancing for over 15 years. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University. She holds an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. She has performed all over the country and was captain of the Syracuse University Dance Team. She has also trained with
various companies and choreographers including the Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas
Academy Dance Department, Napolean and Tabitha D'umo, Wade Robson, Stephan Reynolds
and many more.
Christina Lewis (Dancer)
Christina Lewis is a native of Detroit, Michigan who began her dance training at the Taynton School of Ballet in Detroit, Michigan. Following her studies at Taynton, Christina went on to
attend several dance studios in Detroit including the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, Detroit Dance Centre, Ballet Renaissance, and Freedom Danz Xpressionz.
Her studies included training and technique in the art of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. She also studied Dunham, African, and Dance History at the Detroit High School for Fine and Performing Arts where she majored in dance. After graduation, Christina Michigan State University. While in college, she joined a modern infused hip-hop dance team called Urban Dreams. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Special Education-
Deaf Education with Elementary, Secondary, and Hearing Impaired teaching endorsements.
She is currently a teacher at a public school in Detroit, MI. Christina joined the Body Rhythm Dance Theatre in 2014.
Ta'Rajee Omar (Guest Artist)
Ta’Rajee Omar, born in Detroit, Michigan, started her dance training at the age of seven at
Wendy’s School of Dance in Detroit, Michigan in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, and Modern,
then continued her training at Fem Fatale Dance Studio in Oak Park, Michigan. After graduating
high school, she decided to continue her dance training and currently earning a degree
Bachelors of Fine Arts/ Dance Education at Wayne State University. During her time at Wayne
State University she performed in the faculty works of Meg Paul, Jeff Rebudal, Karen Prall, Liz
Smidt and Addison O’Day. And also had the privilege of working with talented guest artist such
as Janis Brenner, Nathan Trice, and Wanjiru Kamayu., and Jawole Zollar if Urban Bush Woman.
Her commercial work includes background dancing for local Detroit artist Rita Mosley. She is
currently the Vice President/ Co-Choreographer for Wayne State Best Dance Crew Champions
Gold, N’ Envy Hip Hop Dance Team.
Erica Pollard (Dancer)
Erica Pollard is a Detroit native who graduated from Mumford High School. She received a
Bachelor’s degree in Language, Literature, and Writing for Secondary Education from
Eastern Michigan University. Erica studied at Artistry and Motion. While at Artistry and Motion she began training in jazz dance. Erica danced for Mumford High School’s Dance Workshop acting as one of the lead dancers from grades 9- 12. While enrolled in EMU, she auditioned
for Diversion Dance Troupe (DDT), a well known dance group recognized for their diverse
styles of dance. While in Diversion, she furthered her training in Hip-hop, modern, jazz, and ballet. Erica also works with children on a daily basis, teaching them to become intelligent, goal- oriented young adults with a bright future. Erica currently works as a middle school teacher
at a public academy located in downtown Detroit. In 2009, Erica joined Body Rhythm Dance
Miranda Smith (Dancer)
Miranda Smith is from Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Cass Technical High School where
she attended for Performing Arts and participated in the Cass Tech Dance Workshop. Miranda is currently a student at Wayne State University majoring in Dance. She is a member of one of their companies, To Sangana. Since her attendance she has had the privilege of working with Artist Penny Golbodo, as well as an upcoming repertoire with Liz Smhidt. She has been selected as the Freshmen Class Representative and recently just received the 2014 Endowed Scholarship
from their Dance Department. Miranda is training pre-professionally in Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Dunham, Horton, and Congolese African Dance. She joined Body Rhythm Dance Theatre in March of 2014, her very first dance home studio, when she joined the Company. She is now teaching Hip-Hop here. "I believe I started very late taking dance serious but it's never too late if that's where you belong"
Christopher Woolfolk (Guest Artist)
Christopher Woolfolk a Detroit native currently is working towards a Bachelors of Science in
Dance Education and Business at 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 CompanyOne (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 is currently training in Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and African. Christopher feels that
Body Rhythms’ dance style and training compliments what he has become as a dance artist
and was pleased to join in 2011.