Shirley Ann Bryant (Artistic Director) 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. Founder of ‘Body Rhythm Dance Theatre’. Creator of Detroit's musical, Black Bottom's Paradise a Musical.
Ta’Rajee Omar (Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer), 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 (Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer)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.
Kiarra Ambrose (Dancer) 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. 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 joined Body Rhythm Dance Company in 2012.
Erica (Johnson) Barham (Dancer), 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 a Senior Financial Analyst. 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 four 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 under the direction of Shirley Bryant, where she continued her training in modern dance and expanded her repertoire to include African dance..
Olivia Alise Bryant (Dancer) is a senior at Southfield A&T High School, she started dancing at the age of 3. She trains at Body Rhythm Dance Theatre a local studio in Southfield Michigan. Her dance training consist of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, African, Hip Hop and Lester Horton technique. She has participated in summer intensive with Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Debbie Allen Dance Academy. This is Olivia's first season with Body Rhythm Dance Theatre Company.