Andrea McCormick, Executive Artistic Director

Andrea McCormick is a Performing Artist and Instructor from Cleveland, Ohio who has received her Bachelor of Arts from Wright State University in Theatre Studies and Vocal Music. Beginning with ballet at 4 years of age, she also continued her studies in various dance forms, including tap, African folk dance, liturgical/spiritual, jazz, musical theatre dance, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and Latin ballroom.

   

Post college, under the stage name Andrea Belser, Andrea has remained extremely active in the northeast Ohio theater community, receiving 2008 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Juliette in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda at Dobama Theatre, and nomination as 2012 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Pecola in The Bluest Eye at Karamu House Theatre.

  

She presents herself on and off stage, doing anything from acting, dancing, or singing, to stage manager, choreographer, or costume assistant. She has also worked with several theaters, including but not limited to Cleveland Public Theatre, MegLouise Dance, Opera Cleveland, Opera Circle, Near West Theatre, The Fine Arts Association, The Lantern Theatre, and Talespinner Children's Theatre. 

 

Andrea currently teaches drama/theatre arts, musical theatre and dance in different theaters, outreach programs and venues, both in groups or private lessons. Since 2009, she has taught students ranging from 4 years old to adult, with theaters and companies such as Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Playhouse Square, Karamu House, Weathervane Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Ballet Excel Ohio, Brecksville Theatre on the Square, and Cleveland School of the Arts. You can find a few class performances and choreography by Andrea on her YouTube channel: Thespian Drea.

 

 

In addition to the arts, Andrea received her certificate as a level 3 Reiki Practitioner and ordained minister in 2015. She uses the holistic practice of Reiki with private clients and groups, and can assist with general health and wellness for all ages,

Teresa Deberry, Teaching Artist for Rhythm Nation: Clogging

Teresa DeBerry has been a theatre educator for more than 35 years. She currently teaches for both Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. Prior to moving to Cleveland, Teresa taught in Atlanta, Georgia for the Alliance Theatre, Emory University, Florida State University, Horizon Theatre Company and Theatre in the Square. Teresa received her theatre training from Florida State University, where she majored in acting and minored in dance and vocal performance. She is also a graduate of the Alliance Theatre Acting Intern Program. As a theatre educator, she has taught students of all ages and experience levels. She is trained and certified in a wide variety of teaching techniques, with specialties ranging from Elizabethan Dance to writing curriculum for multiple learning styles. Teresa is also a professional actor, director and choreographer. As an actor and director, she has worked all over the Southeastern United States and here in Cleveland, at Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House and the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival.

Chitra Subramanian,Teaching Artist for Rhythm Nation: Bollywood

Chitra is a Pittsburgh native (by way of Calcutta, India), and has trained, taught, and performed in the DMV for over 12 years. She danced with the award-winning Culture Shock DC Dance troupe and DCypher, performing locally and nationally, including in Los Angeles and New York. Chitra's dance foundation began with her training in Bharathanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance form, and she studied this art under the nationally and internationally renowned instructor, Jaya Mani, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chitra takes deep pride in her work with young people in the DMV. She has taught and mentored for various DC-based institutions including M.O.M.I.E, City Dance Center, and Sitar Arts Center. 

 

Most recently, Chitra has focused on developing and refining her "fusion style" via Bollywood Fusion, bringing together core foundations of urban dance styles and South Asian styles. In 2016, Chitra moved to Cleveland and currently works with a group of dancers from IAD (I Am Dance), a collective of artists from NE Ohio. She is excited to continue sharing her love of dance with the world.

Erin Pennebaker, Teaching Artist for Rhythm Nation: Nontraditional Partnering

Born and raised in Jackson, MS., Erin began her dance training at Ballet Mississippi under David Keary of the New York City Ballet. Her time at Ballet Mississippi afforded her a lot of opportunities, most notably the opportunity to travel to Sweden to perform for representatives of countries around the world. Erin graduated with a BFA in Modern

Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS in 2011, where she studied under Laura Morton, Stephen Wynne, Cynthia Newland, and Caleb Mitchell throughout her academic career. She also studied under Steve Rooks and Randall Flinn during their residencies at Belhaven University and attended Alvin Ailey’s summer intensive in New York City.

 

After spending some time in New York City post graduation, Erin moved to Cleveland, OH in 2012 to continue her dance career as an Apprentice with Inlet Dance Theatre, where she was promoted to Company Member in 2014. Dancing with Inlet Dance Theatre has allowed Erin to perform in events throughout the region including Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Series, Dance Showcase, DanceWorks, Pandemonium, IPAY, and in Inlet’s production of Center Of the Earth, world premiered in the Hanna Theatre. Touring with Inlet has sent her to various cities including Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and Houston. In addition to her vibrant dance career, Erin has gained teaching experience throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area, most frequently at Savelli’s Dance and Martial Arts, where she teaches ballet, modern, non-traditional partnering, improvisation, and pointe. Within Inlet, Erin teaches for the Inlet Trainee and Apprentice Program as well as for Inlet’s annual 6.5 week summer intensive. This is Erin’s sixth season with Inlet Dance Theatre.

Guest Teaching Artist Jezebel Shuvani for Rhythm Nation Master's Session in Belly Dance

Jez is a middle eastern dance instructor and performer. She started studying Middle Eastern dance in 1997 and later began teaching workshops and seminars, followed by classes at Kent State and Cleveland State and eventually in her own studio.

 

Her study of music theory enabled her to recognize how to mesh movement to music and her innate ability to envision sound as movement earned her the position of choreographer for various dance troupes specializing in solos as well as group numbers which utilize her unique fusion of American tribal, Rom, and Cabaret Belly Dance.

Guest Teaching Artist Barbara Barrett for Rhythm Nation Master's Session in West African Dance

Healing arts is how Barbara Barrett refers to dancing, singing, and nursing practice. Her dance training is in West African and liturgical methods. A long-time Cleveland Metropolitan School District RN, she is truly an artist at heart. In addition to being able to see her singing primarily jazz on local and occasionally national stages, she is dancer and choreographer for her small dance ensemble, How Excellent/Beyond Category, and coordinator/co-choreographer for the adult and children’s culture and dance ministries programs at St. Agnes Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Well known for her experiences in West Africa, she is called upon across the Cleveland Diocese as well. In addition to her home base, other performance or ministry stages have included St. Colman’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s in Bedford, Community United Methodist Church in Lorain, Church of the Savior in Cleveland Heights, The United Methodist Church Conference at Lakeside Conference Center, Southpointe Hospital, MetroHealth Main Campus, East Cleveland Theater, Tri-C Metro Campus, East Cleveland Library, and East Cleveland Community Theater. Barbara has been a teaching artist for ICARE, Young Audiences, Roots of American Music’s Stop the Hate Youth Sing Out, The Salvation Army’s spring break program, and CMSD after school programming. Some of Barbara’s teachers have included the late Baba Chuck Davis, Linda Thomas Jones, Sabrina Gregory, Talise Campbell, and Terrence Greene.

Guest Teaching Artist Yin Tang for Rhythm Nation Master's Session in Chinese Dance

Yin began learning dance at the age of three from her mother who was professionally trained in Classical Chinese dance. In her high school and early college days, she traveled to China over the summers and continued dancing with instructors from professional schools in Chongqing. Yin has also trained in classical and romantic ballet to further her technique.

 

She has taught at the CCCCA (cccca.org) since 1999 and left in 2013 to form her own company.  Some other schools she has taught for include: Chinese Academy of Cleveland (Shaker Hts, OH), Families with Children from China (Akron, OH), Chinese Culture Club (Euclid, OH), and workshops for the University of Akron.  Her studio is located in the Asian Services in Action office at 3631 Perkins Ave, Cleveland, OH.