Theatre and Dance

CSU Community Dance Festival

CSU Community Dance Festival

Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Community Dance Festival 2019

We are excited to announce and invite you to participate in our inaugural Community Dance Festival! This mission of this festival is to engage with our local and regional communities through the sharing of accessible educational dance experiences with students, educators, and dance enthusiasts in the Greater Cleveland area. Participation in this festival is FREE and open to dancers ages 13 and up of all experience levels. Classes will be taught by CSU faculty members, professional dance artists, and local community educators.

Event Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Event Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Event Location: Middough Building (1901 E 13th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115)
Studio Location: Enter the Middough from 13th street. Take elevators to 5th floor. Room 523. 
Cost: FREE!

Please contact Bryant Henderson with any questions or concerns:
216-687-2115 or

Interested participants should complete the registration form using the following link:




Class Description • Instructor

Session 1

9:00am - 9:50am

Somatics/Body Practice (DeCato)

Session 2

10:00am - 11:00am

Ballet (Augustine)

Session 3

11:15am - 12:15pm

Jazz (Henderson)

LUNCH BREAK (BYOL) • 12:20pm-1:00pm

Session 4

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Contemporary (Britford)

Session 5

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Hip Hop (McIntosh)

Informal Showcase Performance • 3:20pm - 4:00pm

Informal Showcase
We invite friends, family, and members of the community to join us for a short informal showcase at the end of the festival in order to celebrate and honor the work of our students and teachers.


Taylor Augustine (Ballet)Taylor Augustine
Taylor Augustine is a magna cum laude BFA Dance & BA IPHY graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Taylor has over ten years of professional experience both teaching and performing dance. She has worked with top choreographers across the nation, including Shirley Jenkins, Heidi Henderson, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and David Dorfman. She has also taught at prestigious schools such as Centennial State Ballet, National Ballet Academy of Denver, and Bainbridge Dance Center, where she was also Assistant Artistic Director. Taylor is a doctoral student of physical therapy at Cleveland State University where she has been fortunate enough to work with the University's Dance Department. 

Alexis Britford (Contemporary)Alexis Britford
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Alexis Britford began her dance training at Theater Street Dance Academy. She continued her studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Program, Dayton Ballet, Jeraldyne’s School of Dance, and Columbus Youth Ballet. Alexis is also a graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school Classical Ballet program. She has trained at Boston Conservatory, The Ailey School, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Hungarian National Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Ms. Britford graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company (DCDC2) and upon graduation was promoted to the professional company, where she enjoyed seven seasons touring both domestically and internationally. Ms. Britford has had the pleasure of being featured in works by many notable choreographers, namely: Donald Byrd, Donald McKayle, Debbie Blunden-Diggs,Ulysses Dove, Ray Mercer, Ron K. Brown, Anthony Tudor and Stafford C. Berry. As a freelance artist, Ms. Britford has had the opportunity to work with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Neos Dance Theatre and return to her alma mater, Wright State University, as an adjunct in the dance department. Continuing her artistic journey, Ms. Britford is in her first season with GroundWorks DanceTheater in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lisa Decato (Somatics)Lisa DeCato
Lisa is an adjunct professor in the Dance Program at Cleveland State University and a Laban/Bartenieff Certified Movement Analyst. Lisa has an extensive background as a performer, choreographer and educator. She enjoys teaching somatic studies and dance technique to all levels. She received her M.F.A in dance from the Ohio State University and continues to study yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Lisa taught as a tenured professor at Lake Erie College for twenty-six years and was the co-artistic director of the Dance/Theater Collective. 

Bryant Henderson (Jazz)Bryant Henderson
Bryant Henderson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and Artistic Director of the Dance Company at Cleveland State University. He is a dance artist, educator, and performer who specializes in contemporary and vernacular dance forms, and enjoys investigating the intersectionality of these two worlds. His theoretical and choreographic research has been presented throughout the US and recognized by leading professional organizations including the National Dance Education Organization and American College Dance Association. Bryant earned his MFA in Dance and Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Oregon, and his BA in Dance and Public Relations from The University of Alabama. As an educator, Bryant has been a teaching artist and choreographer for institutions including Willamette University, Lane Community College, The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, and the University of Oregon. Bryant has served as the Assistant Director and Jazz Faculty for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at Alabama, on the faculty of Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop directing their inaugural Commercial Dance Intensive, and on faculty at Eugene Ballet Academy. Bryant’s choreography has been seen throughout Alabama, appeared at the American College Dance Festival, and in New York City. Bryant has performed with SYREN Modern Dance, BEings Dance, DEMA Dance, and J. Chen Project in NYC and AROVA Contemporary Ballet in Alabama. He has also toured the world as a dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruises. 

Samuel McIntosh (Hip Hop)Samuel McIntosh
Samuel is a dancer and choreographer specializing in the genre of Popping and Animation. Popping is one of the many dance styles under umbrella of Hip-Hop. He has been dancing for 10 years; training with and learning from some of the most influential dancers associated including the Electric Boogaloo’s, Slick Dogg of G-Style, and Brian “Footwork” Green. He was also trained by Valley Style Locking legend, Richard Lechner, and mentored G-Style Member, “Fullmetal Sash”, and fellow Cleveland native, Anthony “Tony Fresh” Velez. Samuel competes locally and across the country in events like Step Ya Game Up in New York City and, Slick City in Chicago. He also participated in renowned international competitions such as International Funk Styles Battle, and Freestyle Session in Los Angeles as well being a top 4 finalist at Under Pressure: International Street Dance and Graffiti Convention in Montreal, Quebec. Samuel is also an administrative professional with a degree in arts administration from Baldwin Wallace University. In 2016, he received the Arts Administration Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Sam works at the historic Karamu House and is an Adjunct Hip-Hop Dance Instructor at Kent State University. While still a student of the dance, he wishes to use his perspective of the art form to influence his surrounding environment.