Miss Sharie is the founder and Artistic Director of Rock City Dance. Sharie’s training started over twenty-five years ago by studying various forms of dance locally with Dee Hillard & Karen Colabianchi. Sharie continues her dance studies by taking dance classes in Toronto, Pittsburg and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Early in her career she had the honor to study with top choreographers including Frank Hatchett, Sheila Brown & Joe Lanteri. Most recently she has taken workshops and master classes with Andrew Baterina, Chuck Maldonado, Kent Boyd, David Moore and Princess Lockeroo.
Miss Sharie began dancing professional only after twelve months of dance training and was cast as a featured dancer on the prime time television series Electric Avenue which then landed her a three year contract as the choreographer for the professional arena Football team The Cleveland Thunderbolts. Sharie worked as a magicians assistant with Carnival Cruise line director/magician Eric Brouman in addition to working as a dancer/model. Most recently Sharie has taken her artistic vision and training to build the Rock City Dance Competition Teams. During the 2014 Competition Season, Sharie created a unique Hip Hop dance routine that was selected to compete in a Worlds competition in New Jersey. Her team battled for the Worlds title and was awarded 2nd place in this prestigious international competition. Sharie has received numerous awards for best choreography, most creative choreography and most entertaining choreography for her competition team routines. Sharie has choreographed for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sr. Olympics, the American Heart Association Black Tie Gala Ball, Susan G. Komen survivors fashion show and national recording artists.
Prior to opening Rock City Dance, Sharie worked in the Financial industry where she managed a large staff of retirement professionals and managed over a billon dollars of retirement dollars. She states that starting off in the corporate world and getting the proper business education enabled her to run a successful dance business. Sharie believes that a solid business foundation, excellent parent/student relationships & communication coupled with having the best teaching faculty in the Cleveland area is the reason Rock City Dance has been voted the Best Dance Studio for Kids & Adults in the Cleveland every year since 2011. Miss Sharie teaches Hip Hop and Jazz dance classes at Rock City Dance.
Miss Melaina began her ballet training at the age of four with the School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, under the direction of Dennis Nahat and Gladisa Guadalupe, performing in Cleveland San Jose Ballet’s performances of Toreador, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. In addition to her classical ballet training, Miss Melaina also studied Modern and Contemporary Dance under the tutelage of dance luminaries such as Tom Smith, Sabatino Verlezza and Tom Evert. At the age of sixteen she joined Dancing Wheels, America's premier physically integrated dance company, as the youngest Trainee in their history. She quickly rose through the ranks to become their Principle Dancer, performing featured roles in company works by world-renown choreographers such as Sabatino Verlezza, May O'Donnell, Hernando Cortez, Michael Medcalf, Rosalind Newman, David Roussseve, and Pilobolous Dance Theater, to name a few.
In addition to dancing in over 120 performances across the country annually, Miss Melaina served as an instructor and the School Administrator for the School of Dancing Wheels where she conducted weekly dance classes, workshops, master classes and summer camps for students with and without disabilities. Miss Melaina has taught Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary Dance extensively throughout the Greater Cleveland area and has choreographed award wining pieces for ballet companies and soloists at numerous dance competitions.
Miss Melaina is the head of the Ballet department at Rock City Dance. She excels at teaching the youngest of students to the oldest and delivers the perfect blend of passion, discipline and encouragement.
"I am so pleased to be able to share my love and knowledge of dance, specifically ballet, with a new generation of dancers in an environment as positive and encouraging as Rock City Dance" says Miss Melaina.
Jordan joins Rock City Dance with an extensive background in dance education and a passion for creating unique and award winning choreography. Jordan transitioned from a competitive dancer while growing up in the Cleveland area to becoming a sought after instructor teaching students in dance genres including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet. She continues her training by traveling across the country to take workshops, conventions and master classes and has trained in Chicago which included three years at Monsters of Hip Hop. Miss Jordan's choreography has received numerous awards for best choreography, most energetic and sassy, most emotional and she has taken her teams to compete at a Worlds level. Her combined background in dance and fitness allows her choreography to be unique and athletically challenging while always instilling her love and passion for dance to her students.
Elizabeth is a former member of the Oberlin-based Ohio Dance Theatre where she had the privilege of dancing in theaters around the Cleveland area, including the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Playhouse. Highlight performances include The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Soloist),Cinderella (Spring Fairy),Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), and her favorite role: a praying mantis in artistic director Denise Gula's La Petite Mort. Before leaving the company to begin her career as a classroom educator, Elizabeth was also a member of the faculty of the School of Ohio Dance Theatre where her students ranged in age from three to 50. Elizabeth's background is in early childhood education, which over the years has led her toward her current profession as an autism and behavioral consultant. Elizabeth holds her teaching license and is also a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.
Jim Becker is a dance instructor, choreographer and fitness trainer from New York City. Certified by American Ballet Theatre in New York Jim studied Theatre and Dance at Marymount Manhattan College after growing up in Strongsville. Jim recently completed a tenure at Harlem School of the Arts where he was the premier tap teacher; also teaching ballet, jazz, partnering, musical theatre and fitness. Initially recruited by Disney to direct and choreograph the first production of Disney's The Lion King Kids. After the success of HSA's workshop, the show is now available to be performed by theaters and schools across the globe.
Choreography: Disney's Lion King Kids Premier, Off-Broadway Tom Jones the
Musical, Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore, Ballet Arts Christmas
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, ABC's Dancing With The Stars. Dance Captain
with Disney Cruise Line for National Tours: Barry Manilow's Copacabana, Big
River, backup vocals with Reba McIntire. NYC Opera: La Boheme, Macbeth,
Tournedot. NYC: Johnny Baseball workshop, Broadway Bares, LSnB Dance Co, The
Apollo Theatre. Off-Broadway: Carousel, The House of Bernarda Alba,
Rogionally: Guys & Dolls, The Producers, Miss Saigon, Fiddler On The
Roof, All Shook Up, Disney's Hercules the Musical, 42md Street, Beauty and
the Beast, Disney World Kid of the Kingdom Dancer. Jim is a member of
Actors' Equity Association.
In addition, Jim is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with clients gracing magazine covers, starring on television and Broadway as well as clients dancing in tours and shows all over the country and Europe.
Jim says "I make my classes fun and functional. My students learn
the foundation of each principle movement while
getting a great workout. Character building is another important theme to
help young dancers grow, which is why I coach my students to recognize and
revere their progress. I'm proud to say my students have continued their
training at prestigious dance schools like SAB, ABT, LaGuardia High School,
NYU and Juillard with many students performing in Broadway shows and tours
all over north America and Europe. I believe, with proper training, all
students of dance should have the skills required to pursue a career in the
arts, should they choose and everyone deserves the chance to dance."
JJ started dancing in 2005 and received training by some of the original members of Culture Shock SD, Jabbawockeez, and Formality. She received a full scholarship at Culture Shock Dance Center at age 16 and became a member of Future Shock San Diego. At the age of 18 JJ joined Mavyn Entertainment Company in Orange County, CA where she danced and choreographed from 2007-2010. JJ danced with the UCLA collegiate dance team Samahang Modern and served as Captain from 2008-2009. She also served as a hip-hop instructor for UCLA Recreation. JJ started her own project in 2010 called "Gluteus Maximi" during her final year of college, showcasing her choreography and UCLA and LA industry dancers. She moved to Washington DC after graduating college where she joined Culture Shock DC as a dance member and choreographer, earning the "Best Choreographer" award in 2011. From 2011-2015 JJ attended medical school at Duke University where she served as a hip-hop instructor for Duke Recreation. JJ returned to California for a 1-year research fellowship at Stanford in 2014 where she danced for Academy of Villains SF and Funkanometry SF. During this year she also made an appearance in Iggy Azalea's music video "Fancy." JJ moved to Cleveland in 2015 and will remain for the next few years to complete her surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic. She is excited to teach and bring her unique choreography to Cleveland here at Rock City Dance!
PJ is a self-taught dance inspiration with his degree in Human Movement (Physical Education) at Kent State University where he started his own Kent State University organization and is now the founder and president of The Authentik Movement.
PJ’s mission is to expand, inspire, and help build a community around movement at a University level as well as through workshops, classes and community outreach programs. PJ is extremely active in the dance community and is constantly asked to choreograph for university philanthropic events and often shares his motivational story to underprivileged youth. PJ speaks and teaches with a positive attitude and promotes a supportive learning environment. Artistic creativity is PJ’s escape from negativity and dance is his true expression. PJ encourages by example and shows that with hard work anything is possible!
PJ is a sponsored athlete and movement coach with KB Endurance and uses the world as his gym. PJ stresses the importance of always growing and continually educates himself with workshops attending multiple dance conventions. PJ currently teaches one of our Teen / Adult Hip Hop Dance Classes at Rock City Dance. He has a unique R&B Hip Hop dance style that you will not find anywhere else in the Cleveland area.
Miss Linda started dancing when she was three years old. She studied under various dance instructors throughout her life including; Dusti O’Conner, Dee Hilliard, Patty Nowak, Charlotte Braun, and MaryKay Manning. She also studied dance under various teachers at Dance Masters of Ohio. She has extensive training and dance experience spanning nearly seventeen years professionally. Although Miss Linda has had the pleasure of teaching almost all forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatics, her favorite style of dance is tap and has coached many award winning taps teams during her lifetime of achievements. Miss Linda loves working with the youngest students and currently teaches the Rock City Dance “Princess Ballet” and Ballet & Tap combo dance classes to our 3 to 6 year olds.
Her greatest joy is to see her children grow in their dance abilities and feels blessed that she had a small part in their lives.
Mr. David is a talented hip hop dancer who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He started dancing at the age of 8 alongside his older brother, Clarence at many school talent shows. Mr. David has been teaching and performing with Rock City since 2010. His list of inspirations includes artists and dancers such as Michael Jackson and the Jabbawockeez. Mr. David is one of the founding members of the award winning adult dance crew RemiCxD that opened for Carly Rae Jepson in 2012 as well as taking second place at Cleveland's Best Dance Crew dance competition. He has performed at numerous venues for plenty of prestigious events such as the 2013 National Senior Games as well as multiple events at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the House of Blues, and the IX Center. Mr. David was one of the dance team members personally invited by America’s Got Talent to try out for the well known TV show in 2012.
Outside of the studio, and when he is not studying to get his associate of arts degree from Tri-C, David also donates his time to teach dance for the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland. He takes pride in inspiring the youth to seek positivity through dance.
Mr. David loves teaching the All Boys Hip Hop Dance class at Rock City Dance and thoroughly enjoys working with and instructing children and seeing them grow each year as dancers. Mr. David has plans to audition for So You Think You Can Dance in the near future.
Mr. Dash Michaels began dancing at the age of eight in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Kathy Baldwin and Jayson Michaels. Dash was a dancer for the Energy Source Dance Association and helped raise money for Operation Smile and was also a Dance Caravan Kid with Scott Benson. Dash studied very closely with teachers such as Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Stepp Stewart and Devora Cooper.
Dash Michaels was named Mr. Dance of Virginia for Dance Educators of America, as well as a three-time Mr. Dance of North Carolina for Dance Masters of America. He is the only dancer to hold two different state titles simultaneously for two different dance organizations. He has been featured in many dance productions such as Gypsy as Tulsa, Coppelia, Road to Victory, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to name a few. In 2000, Dash won Best Choreography for Encore Dance Nationals, Premiere 2000, Kids Artistic Revue and Star Systems. He has worked on productions for PBS, MTV, ABC Broadcasting, FOX Television and 19 Entertainment. Dash has had the honor of teaching at conventions alongside Wade Robson and Marquis Cunningham. In 2006, Dash appeared on the syndicated television show, "So You Think You Can Dance."
Dash is the Executive Director of his own production company, Dash Productions. He has directed and produced numerous shows such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Grease, The Miss Gastonia Pageant and The Junior Miss Pageant of Lynchburg. His award winning work has been seen on TheFratPack.com as well Madonna's 50th Birthday Bash at the Volstead Club in London, England.
Mr Dash has a passion for dance and dance education and is LOVED by students all over they country. Mr. Dash teaches multiple styles of dance for children and adults including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Boys Ballet and Hip Hop.
Emily started dancing at the age of three and has trained at various studios in the Cleveland-Akron area. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, lyrical, cheerleading, and hip-hop. Emily is a graduate of Wittenberg University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, focusing her studies in composition and notation. While at Wittenberg, she performed in over 30 student, faculty, and guest pieces and choreographed 14 original works. Emily has had the privilege of working with numerous choreographers and performed original choreography from artists such as Sarah Hixon, Kristina Isabelle, and Nicole Suzel. Emily has had the opportunity to perform and submit choreography to the 2010 and 2012 American College Dance Festival conferences at Mercyhurst College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she has also had the opportunity to study many degrees of dance notation and has performed Labanotation scores from The Sleeping Beauty.