Our dance faculty is composed of talented professionals. We "do" as well as teach our craft, and are eager to educate dancers from our experiences, both professional and academic. And, we consistently bring the dance community to us. Our department offers ongoing master classes and residencies with respected artist/educators from across the country and around the world.
Ultimately the success of any dance program has to do as much with the faculty and the "atmosphere" created within the department as it has to do with any course offerings. We are a supportive faculty. Our classes our secure and nurturing and our doors are open to you. We do hope that you are able to visit our department and discover this for yourself.
Howard Washington II is an Akron native with a great passion for dance, especially the hip hop genre. Lake Erie College's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2008, Howard graduated from LEC in spring of 2008 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in Dance. After graduation, he accepted a full time teaching position at Cleveland's Entrepreneurship Preparatory School. He also teaches and choreographs for the Dance Programs at Lake Erie College, The Hathaway Brown School and Lakeshore Dance Studio. Now in the process of opening Median, his own studio in Cleveland, Howard feels blessed that his passion for dance has become his life's work.
Frequent Guest Artists
Cha-Lee Chan began her dance training in Hong Kong. From 1981 to 1985 she was a member of the Hong Kong Dance Company. The company performed in Hong Kong and toured throughout Australia, England, and Japan. In 1991 Ms. Chan received her MA from Teacher's College at Columbia University. Her Master Thesis (Chinese Traditional Dance: An Introduction to the Chinese Arts) at Teacher's College led to the development and production of two series of Chinese dance lecture-demonstration workshops: Chinese Folk Dance, Lecture and Demonstration with fan and handkerchief, and Chinese Traditional Dance, Lecture and Demonstration with sword and long sleeves. These workshops were presented at Teacher's College, Hunter College, the New York Public Library, Pace University, Ballet Arts Studio, Salem State College, and Lake Erie College. During this time, Ms. Chan also began choreographing for a number of local theatre and dance groups, including the Four Seas Players and the Gallop Apace Theatre Company. In 1993 she became the resident choreographer for the Yangtze Repertory Theatre. In 2000, Ms. Chan founded eDance Corp. Her aim was to concentrate her work in Chinese dance and theatre with her knowledge of modern dance technique on a dedicated group of trained dancers.
Lynn Deering is Professor of Dance at Cleveland State University, Director of the CSU Dance Program and Artistic Director of the CSU Dance Company. She teaches modern technique, choreography and dance pedagogy coursework. Lynn is an active performer/choreographer with the Dance/Theater Collective, a cooperative group of Northeast Ohio dancers and enjoys combining gesture and full-bodied contemporary movement vocabulary to explore the many aspects of human interactions. She is the recipient of the Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award in Dance, CSU Distinguished Faculty Award, OhioDance Award, and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Choreography.
Habib Iddrisu Traditionally trained dancer/musician, Habib Iddrisu received his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston-Illinois. He is currently a Presidential Fellow teaching dance and African American Studies at the State University of New York: the College at Brockport. Habib Iddrisu was born into the Dagomba/Dagbamba (Bizung) family of court historians and musicians in Tamale of Northern Ghana. His grandfather Manguli-lana Adam Alhassan was a chief drummer. Named Ghana'a best dancer in 1993, Habib choreographed both Kinachu and Kisa group dances welcoming President Bill Clinton's visit to Ghana in 1998. In 2002, his version of South African gumboot dance was selected for the National American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Helanius J. Wilkins, a native of Lafayette LA, is an award winning choreographer, performance artist, and instructor based in Washington DC. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater. Located in our nation's capitol, EDGEWORKS is the first-ever contemporary dance company composed primarily of African-American men. Wilkins is a 2002 and 2006 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Local Dance Commissioning Project, as well as the 2001 Metro DC Dance "Emerging Choreographer" award. Wilkins has enjoyed creating and presenting his own work, receiving commissions for choreography throughout the United States. Foundations and organizations including The Puffin Foundation, Meredith Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supported his work. A much sought-after instructor, Wilkins is currently on faculty at Joy of Motion Dance Center.