Mackenzie Cunningham (ballet, pointe)
Mackenzie Cunningham is a current professional ballerina dancing as a guest artist with the North Pointe Ballet company as well as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist working for Strongsville City Schools. She is also currently the Dance Team coach and a Cheerleading coach at Strongsville High School. Mackenzie was a professional NBA dancer as a Cavalier Girl and a professional AHL dancer as a Monster Hockey Girl. Mackenzie’s extensive dance training includes Joffrey Ballet School NYC, The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Ohio Conservatory of Ballet, The School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, The University of Akron, and CDA. She was chosen and invited to study in the year-round program at The Kirov Academy of Ballet. She also interned with Verb Ballets in Hernando Cortez's Yellow River. In college, Mackenzie received the University of Akron Dance Scholarship and was featured in a principal role in the UA Dance Company dancing a pas de deux in Erich Yetter's Piano Pieces. She has taught advanced ballet technique, pointe, acro, jazz, lyrical, stretch strength & conditioning, ballet history, variations, contemporary ballet, jumps leaps & turns, and hip hop, and choreographed and coached competition routines. She earned her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Kent State University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and a minor in Dance.
Feather Weldon (ballet, pointe, lyrical)
Feather Weldon is a professional dancer and dance educator returning to Cleveland, Ohio from Houston, Texas. Most recently, she has danced with American Neoclassical Ballet as company artist and as a second company member of Ad Deum Dance Company. Feather holds a BA with a Business Cognate in Dance from The University of Akron, where in addition to her classical training, she had the opportunity to learn from renowned guest artists such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and others. Prior to attending UA, Feather received the majority of her training from The Otto M. Budig Academy of the Cincinnati Ballet under Mishic and Val Liberatore, and Tevlin Ballet Company, under Michael and Amy Tevlin. Feather has been blessed to perform with many different companies including Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Verb Ballets, Dissonance Dance Theater, Charlottesville Ballet, Trutek Dance Company, and more. This season she will be joining Ballet Legato as a company artist.
Emily Scali (ballet, pointe, progressing ballet technique, CDE)
Emily Scali is the owner and Artistic Director of Cleveland Dance Academy. She started her education in New York and then continued here at CDA. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz and tap, with a heavy emphasis on ballet and pointe. After high school she continued her education as a dance major at The University of Akron. She is certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique. Mrs. Scali started at CDA as a ballet and pointe instructor in 2004. She took over the studio in 2013. She continues her dance education by attending classes and local workshops.
Myisha Conley (tap, CDE)
Myisha's dance career truly started when she attended The University of Akron as a dance major. While at the university, Mrs. Conley studied under the acclaimed Martha Graham dancer, Tom Smith and Paul Taylor dancer, Nick Carlise. In addition to her modern training, Mrs. Conley also studied Tap and Jazz under well known dancer, actress and choreographer, Mary Ann Black. Mrs. Conley performance accolades include working with, Tom Evert, Doug Varone of Doug Varone and Dancers, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Amy Miller of Groundworks Dance Theater. When Mrs. Conley was not performing she was shaping the lives of future artist at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan, as a Unit Director and Dance Assistant. In the most recent years, Mrs. Conley has put her performing on hold so she can share her passion of dance with aspiring youth. For the past 5 years Mrs. Conley has had the privilege of educating today's youth in many different studios as well as DANCECleveland's outreach program to Cleveland inner city schools. Mrs. Conley is very excited to be a part of the Cleveland Dance Academy family!
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Paula Devereaux (ballet, pre-pointe)
Paula Devereaux has been with CDA since 1990. She has compiled her extensive background in ballet both locally and on the west coast. Ms. Devereaux earned her teaching certification from the Dance Masters of America and continues updating her training by attending classes regularly, advanced dance education and dance related research. She is currently attending school for physical therapy. Through her physical therapy education, she has found a new passion for her art and enjoys passing her knowledge down to her students.