Cleveland Dance Academy
Mackenzie Cunningham (ballet, pointe)
Mackenzie Cunningham has an extensive background in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, acrobatics, modern, contemporary ballet, character dance, tap, and musical theatre. In addition to studying ballet at CDA, Mackenzie also received training at Joffrey Ballet School NYC, The Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Ohio Conservatory of Ballet, The School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and interned with Verb Ballets in Hernando Cortez's Yellow River. In college, Miss Cunningham 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. Miss Cunningham was a professional NBA dancer as a Cavalier Girl and a professional AHL dancer as a Monster Hockey Girl. She has taught ballet, pointe, acro, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. 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. Miss Cunningham is currently a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist working for Strongsville City Schools.erent studios as well as DANCECleveland's outreach program to Cleveland inner city schools. She is very excited to be a part of the Cleveland Dance Academy family!
Lauren Dangelo (lyrical, ballet, CDE)
In 2014, Lauren Dangelo graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Akron in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While there she had the pleasure of working and training with professional artists such as Chloe Felesina (Ballet X), and Christina Foisie (Cincinnati Ballet alum) in order to refine her diverse techniques in many areas of performance. After graduating, Lauren was a dancer with the Charlottesville Ballet in Charlottesville, VA. She had the opportunity to dance both soloist and corps de ballet roles in The Nutcracker,The Firebird, as well as original contemporary works by Colby Damon (originally with Ballet X), Steven Melendez (New York Theatre Ballet) and Liz Reynolds. Currently, Lauren describes herself as a freelance dancer, working with an array of companies and creatives in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
James Burkes (hip hop, CDE)
James Burkes was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team from 2005 – 2011. Mr. Burkes has been teaching and choreographing locally since 2010. He has won multiple awards and recognition for his choreography all across the country. Mr. Burkes has performed at Cedar Point, Wildwater Kingdom, Kent State University, and with the Universal Soul Circus. Mr. Burkes performed at the 2008 NBA All-Star game in LA.
Chelsea Shump (tap, lyrical, CDE)
Chelsea Mae Shump of Akron, Ohio began her dance training under the late Richard Moore and furthered her studies with Brenda and Christopher Stygar at NorthEast Ohio Dance Academy. Miss Shump was a member of the Ensemble and performed as a soloist in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Cinderella. She continues to study across the country in all styles. Today, Miss Shump serves as a principal dancer with RED Company real.edge.dance under Kelli Sanford. She is also the Assistant Director of Spotlight Theatre Company. Miss Shump is widely recognized by her award-winning choreography and original concepts. Currently, she is an instructor of tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theatre, and improvisation across northeast Ohio. Miss Shump aims to inspire every student through her expertise and passion for the performing arts in every one of her high-energy classes.
Devan Hayes (jazz)
DEVAN HAYES obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Kent State University. During her tenure at Kent State, she studied with various faculty members with diverse techniques and styles including modern, jazz, ballet, West African, Tap, Hip Hop, and Kathak. She had the privilege of performing original works by faculty members and students every semester throughout her university term. She was a member of the Kent Dance Ensemble,the Pre-Professional University Dance Company that presents mainstage concerts, lecture demonstrations, and community outreach. As an ensemble member, she had the opportunity to work with MamLuft&Co. Dance. She was the recipient of a scholarship to attend Garth Fagan’s Summer Movement Institute in 2015 and returned to continue her studies in 2016. Devan also attended the 2016 José Limón Summer Workshop. She is an active member of the Student Dance Education Organization-Kent State Chapter and Alpha Psi Omega-Beta Psi Cast. Along with dancing on stage, Devan has had numerous opportunities to work backstage and be a part of production teams. She worked at the School of Theatre & Dance Performing Arts Box Office for
two years as a staff member and house manager. She has worked closely with the non-profit organization, Ballet in the City, assisting with master classes, recruitment, and Gala events. Devan has taught classes at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland and plans to pursue a professional dance career in performance, community outreach, and dance education.
Emily Scali (ballet, pointe, 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. 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.
Paula Devereaux (ballet, pre-pointe and CDE)
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.
Myisha Conley (tap)
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!