Body Rhythm Dance Theatre

Company Members

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,
Fabio  Manzira, Carole Morisseau, Jeri Sterrett, Greg Curry and Crystal White- Cade. She
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 
Hillsman, International African Cultural Arts Exchange Center
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 com
panies 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 
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
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 

 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.












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