What’s Been Going On?


“Lava” — an excerpt From “Easter Island Memoirs.” Cleveland Public Theatre DanceWorks ’18. Photo: Elizabeth Eader

The weekend of May 31 – June 2, Inlet performed as Week #3 for Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual DanceWorks Series, featuring artists from all over Northeast Ohio. Receiving standing ovations and a sold out crowd on Thursday, Inlet performed the renowned “Easter Island Memoirs” as the first half of the night. The second half consisted of two world premiere’s: “Still I Rise” and “Sojourn”. Both pieces are committed to addressing the world’s current condition, but instilling hope for the future. The entire night of concert dance was titled “…home…” as ultimately that is what mankind is searching for; a place to call home. Inlet is blessed to have had this opportunity to share art with the community and can’t wait for next year! Check out this review article from COOL Cleveland for more interesting insight.


Photo: Thom Sivo

While the Company Members closed out DanceWorks ’18 on June 2, members of the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program boogied the night away at Cleveland Play House’s annual benefit gala. The gala themed “The Disco Ball” featured many a disco ball, colorful lights, VIP lounges and glamorous disco costumes all designed by the incredible Chris Kascsak of CLE Design Studios. During cocktail hour, members of the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program could be seen on pedestals in glamourous poses rocking disco attire (and some glitzy high heels) that would have resembled at night out at Studio 54. A few guests even thought they were mannequins at first! After the performance and auction portion, the evening wrapped up with the members of the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice getting the party started on the dance floor to do the hustle and dance ‘til dawn (or 11pm). It was a funky, groovy, fun event and the members of the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program were thrilled to be a part of it.


Bill, Libby, Dominic, and Erin in L.A. for the Dance/USA Conference.

One of the reasons Dance/USA (June 6 – 9, 2018) is such an important conference is because it gives Inlet a moment to look at the national dance landscape inside of a fast & furious week of meetings, break out sessions, and performances. Attending the conference with hundreds of artist, directors, managers, and executives, we sit inside of practical discussions like ” Artist as Entrepreneurs”, heated debates like ” Bridging the Gap: Concert Dance and Commercial Dance” or be inspired by Dance/USA awardees like Debbie Allen! As an organization we understand our culture, business model, and choreography come from place of creativity and innovation but there is always room to gain more information/advice from our peers around the country.


Non-Traditional Partnering, Ad Deum Summer Intensive 2018.

During the residency in Houston, Company Member Dominic Moore-Dunson and Exec/Artistic Director Bill Wade had the privilege of teaching/performing at Ad Deum Dance Company’s Summer Intensive 2018. We started the week performing “Still I Rise” during the faculty showcase as a way to set context for the camp. Bill and Dominic taught Erick Hawkins Release Technique, Non-Traditional Partnering, Improvisation, Repertory, and facilitated a dance composition lecture. One of the benefits of this trip is that it exposes students who are predominately from the southern states to Inlet. Fortunately, the bounce back from teaching in Houston is Inlet attracts a lot of dancers from that intensive. Many company members throughout Inlet’s history met Bill in Houston. We had a great time and look forward to going back next season.


Spend Your Summer Outside with Inlet

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The summer is definitely heating up, and so is Inlet’s calendar. We are officially entering Inlet’s FREE, outdoor performance season where several of the events happening are in outdoor amphitheater’s and are free to the public. All performances are family friendly and involve the community a great deal! Here are some of the upcoming locations and dates where you can see Inlet perform everything from special event characters to evening concerts.

On July 7, Inlet Company Members, the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program, and students of Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive ’18 will all perform together for the Middleburg Heights SummerFest Parade and Festival held at the location of the new Middleburg Heights Library and Central Park. This is going to be such a fun day, and maybe you’ll spot a pop-up Inlet dancer parading around as a strolling character. If you do, snap a picture and tag us at #inletdance. Let’s see who can catch ’em all?

The following Saturday, July 14, Inlet will perform a double whammy. Starting off the day all Company members, Trainees & Apprentices, and Summer Dance Intensive ’18 students will perform for the Bastille Day Celebration in Wade Oval. All dancers will perform in the grass doing sculptures that are based on postures from French paintings of that period and about the storming of the Bastille that The Cleveland Museum of Art is curating as a specific self-guided tour connected to the event. The company will also perform a couple works from the repertory towards the end of the celebration.

That evening, Inlet Company Members will travel to Carrollton, OH for the Camp NEOSA Salvation Army Summer Arts Conservatory. First, the campers will get to know Inlet in a 2 hour Non-Traditional Partnering class. Then, Inlet will join them for dinner. That evening at 7:30pm, all campers and staff will watch a narrated education performance by Inlet Company Members.

July 18, Inlet will be performing in the Emergency Room atrium at The MetroHealth  System Hospital main campus in Tremont. This performance is part of the Arts in Medicine Program headed by Director Linda Jackson. This will be Inlet’s 4th time performing with the Arts in Medicine Program. This performance is opened up to all patients, visitors, staff, and faculty as a way to increase healing, wellness, and engagement through the arts.

July 24 & 25 Inlet returns for the 18th year at Cain Park Evans Amphitheater featuring students of Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive ’18, the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program, and the Inlet Company Members. On July 24th at 1pm, Inlet will perform the annual Educational Matinee demonstrating all the components Inlet Dance Theatre employs throughout the Summer Dance Intensive. The Educational Matinee will end in the performance of two pieces incorporating all the components. On July 25th at 8pm Inlet Dance will perform the FREE, internationally-renowned Summer Dance Intensive Culminating Concert. Select Company Members will premiere new works on the students and the company will perform selections from its active repertory in this community favorite annual event.

On August 4, Inlet returns for the 3rd time to The Grove Amphitheater, after the addition of their new bandshell, for yet another FREE, outdoor performance. Featuring both Inlet Company Members and the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program, this performance is family friendly–bring your lawn chairs, pack some snacks, and enjoy live art under the stars.

And closing out Inlet’s 17th season, on August 10, Inlet will be back in the Tremont for this annual outdoor FREE performance, Arts in August. This is a family friendly (and furry-friendly) performance in Lincoln Park. Cleveland Public Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan will curate each performance. This is fantastic series that is hosted by Tremont West partnered with Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack, LAND Studio and Cleveland Public Theatre.


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Shake the Summer Heat with Inlet

Are you still looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? This week, students ages 6–11 are escaping into the air conditioned dance studio at The Music Settlement for the first ever Inlet Summer Dance Intensive Jr. week long dance camp. But, there is still time to register for Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive that starts at the end of June. This camp is held in Downtown Cleveland in various dance studios in and around Playhouse Square (all with air conditioner)!


Registration Day — Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive Jr. ’18

On June 18, Inlet kicked off the first day of the BRAND NEW week long Inlet Summer Dance Intensive Jr. held at The Music Settlement. The 6-11 year old students will be submersed into a world of creativity, inspiration, and exploring various dance techniques in a fun and engaging way! Just like Inlet’s longstanding Summer Dance Intensives, Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive Jr. 1-week intro camp includes improvisation-based movement games, modern technique, creating new choreography and more. This year we have students from all over the greater Cleveland area that will perform together in a culminating performance on Friday, June 22, at 11:45am. For more information, click here. We hope to see you next year!

But, are you older than 11 years old? And still need something to beat the heat this summer? It’s still not too late to sign up for Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive ’18 (June 27–July 25). This is Inlet’s 17th year hosting this dance program (can you believe it?) for ages 12+ focusing on creating a supportive community of dancers, exposing students to the collaborative dance-making process and increasing technical and performance skills, specifically in Pilobolus-based Nontraditional Partnering, performance improvisation and Hawkins-based Modern. This program allows students to experience being a part of a collaborative professional contemporary dance company.

Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive…Teaching Much More Than Dance.

Inlet’s annual Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) is the perhaps the best example of the company’s mission of “using dance to further people”. Students of various ages, races, skill sets and socio-economic backgrounds travel to Cleveland from international & regional locations to learn about dance, alongside local talent. The award-winning Inlet educational model is renowned for instilling lessons in teamwork, trust, respect, empathy, self-discipline, social interaction and self-confidence within students. During the 4.5 week program, Inlet SDI students not only receive premier training in dance technique and performance, but also discover a period of personal growth and character development.

The Inlet Summer Dance Intensive ’18 starts Wednesday, June 27 and runs through July 25. For more information or to REGISTER TODAY, click here.


Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensive ’15

Mark Your Calendars!

Inlet is so thankful to be so busy, especially at this time of the year. Not only is the company booked with performances, but the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program have their own performances and events, as well. Here are some recaps of past performances, and a list of where you can see Inlet next!

May 5 — Station Hope


“Still I Rise” Station Hope, 2018

Inlet’s Dominic Moore-Dunson performed a new work, “Still I Rise,” with the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program for Cleveland Public Theatre‘s annual event, Station Hope, May 5 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Every year, this event is powerful and brings together artists from all over the city discussing the injustices of our world. With a roaring standing ovation, Inlet was beyond overwhelmed by the love shared from that evening.

May 11 — Safe Families for Children-Cleveland


“(3) Women” Safe Families for Children – Cleveland, 2018

The Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program performed for the Safe Families for Children-Cleveland event, “Welcomed,” on May 11. Safe Families for Children’s goal is to engage families via faith communities to open their homes to care for vulnerable children. This event included performances from other dance companies, vendors, unique gifts, coffee, and appetizers. This mission is extremely important to the Cleveland area, and Inlet is thankful to have been a part of it.

May 12 — The Bird’s Nest


The Bird’s Nest Masterclass, Buffalo, NY, 2018

On Saturday, May 12, Inlet’s Katie McGaha & Kevin Parker with Exec/Artistic Director Bill Wade traveled to Buffalo, NY where they performed the duet, “10,” and then taught a 2.5 hour Non-Traditional Partnering masterclass to the artists at The Birds Nest. We can tell this is the start to an extremely fun and long-standing partnership.



May 31 – June 2 — DanceWorks ’18


“Sojourn,” (rehearsal shot) premiere May 2018

As you know, May 31 – June 2, Inlet will be performing at Cleveland Public Theatre‘s DanceWorks ’18 in the Gordon Square Theatre. This concert includes the infamous “Easter Island Memoirs” and then two world-premiere’s, “Still I Rise” and “Sojourn.” Inlet’s weekend at DanceWorks explores the current human heart condition in the world, while instilling hope for the future.

Make sure you get your tickets TODAY! Tickets: $12-$30 | 7:30pm | May 31-June 2

June 2 — Cleveland Play House Gala 


Cleveland Play House dress rehearsal for Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program with Chris Kascsak of CLE Design Studio

On Saturday, June 2, the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program are going to perform at the Cleveland Play House Gala annual benefit, “The Disco Ball.” The event is designed by Chris Kascsak of CLE Design Studio. This night will prove to be an unforgettable event as it is filled with glitz, glam, and groove–the grooviest party of the summer! For more information, click here.



June 9 — Parade the Circle 

The following Saturday, June 9, all members of Inlet are going to perform again in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s FREE summer signature, Parade the Circle. University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools, and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats. Inlet always loves Parade the Circle and performing alongside artists from all over the world! Make sure you get to University Circle early to grab a good viewing spot.


Parade the Circle, 2016


School’s Out For Summer

Inlet’s educational programs are all coming to an end with culminating performances, concerts, and showcases. Before Inlet’s Summer Dance Intensives start up, we want to take a moment to reflect on the year.


Newton D. Baker 3rd grade students

Inlet has been teaching an in-school dance program and an after-school dance program
(Newton D. Baker Student Dance Ensemble) at Newton D. Baker School for the Arts for the 2017-2018 academic year. The dance students all joined together at the school on Tuesday, May 15, to perform in the culminating performances involving all students at the school. In addition, the Newton D. Baker Student Dance Ensemble has performed 3 other performances in the month of May. First they were involved Inlet’s annual Educational Matinee on May 5. Then, they performed at Kamm’s Corner’s annual Hooley Festival on May 12 (in the pouring rain–kudo’s to the students for still performing). And then lastly, at the Rock Your World STEAM Family Festival at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, May 19.


Boys & Girls Club at Walton Elementary

Inlet has been finishing up at Boys & GirlsClub from Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary and from Walton Elementary. The Boys and GirlsClub students performed at Inlet’s Educational Matinee on May 5, as well. They also had a culminating performance showcase on May 9 where the theme of the evening was “empathy”. The students at FDR Elementary used movement phrases from the semester to base a piece off of this theme to the song “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay”. The students at Walton Elementary performed to live accompaniment at the showcase. The students at Walton then performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 9.


Inlet’s Educational Matinee–May 5, 2018

In addition to students from Newton D. Baker and the Boys & Girls Club, many others gathered on May 5 for Inlet’s Educational Matinee at the Snow Road Library in Parma, OH. Students from The Music Settlement, the Lillian Betty & Ranter School, students from Miller South Visual & Performing Arts, and Akron School for the Arts all performed their culminating performance. Each group performed a different dance filled with skills they have been specifically working on through the year. Inlet’s Trainee & Apprentice Program performed “Motherless Child,” and premiered, “Though I Walk” (choreographed by Company Member Erin Pennebaker). Inlet’s Educational Matinee not only allows students the opportunity to perform all they have worked on, but they come together with students from all over the Cleveland/Akron area sharing similar experiences and knowledge about dance as an art form. They share the stage together and with the pre-professional dancers in Inlet’s training program. It truly is an unforgettable afternoon each year. We already cannot wait to see what next year’s educational connections hold.

Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks ’18


Photo: Brooke Trisolini; courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow

Presenting …home… — an evening of dance created by Exec/Artistic Director Bill Wade, in collaboration with the Inlet dancers. Inlet Dance Theatre explores connection, empathy, and acceptance inside a world burdened by division, judgement, and rejection. The
company remounts a work created through an artist exchange with the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island and premieres two new works investigating the world’s current condition while instilling hope for the future.

Every year, Cleveland Public Theatre welcomes Northeast Ohio’s most adventurous contemporary dance companies to the Gordon Square Theatre stage for five weeks of single and double bill performances.

May 31 — June 2
7:30pm, Thu/Fri*/Sat**, Gordon Square Theatre

Tickets: $12–$30

*$3 discount for Students/Seniors on Friday

*FREE beer and wine after the show on Friday

**$10 discount on Saturday only using the code HOME


Inlet in the Cleveland Community


Inlet’s Education Matinee, Spring 2017 at Cleveland Public Theatre.

Join us as Inlet Dance Theatre’s various education programs from around the Greater Cleveland/Akron community come together to share the stage in this one-of-a-kind dance concert–Inlet’s Education Matinee. On Saturday, May 5th at 2pm, all of our students will gather to perform at the Snow Road Library in Parma, OH. Students, as young as 3 all the way up to the young adults of the Pre-Professional Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program, will showcase what they’ve learned and created this year as part of their connection with Inlet and the dance making process.

This event is FREE, but donations are accepted at the door to help support the next generation of artist and art makers! The following schools/programs will be showcased: Newton D. Baker School for Performing Arts, CLE Boys & Girls Club, The Lillian & Betty Ratner School,  Miller South Visual & Performing Arts, Akron School for the Arts, and The Music Settlement.

Newton D. Baker Student Dance Ensemble


Newton D. Baker Student Dance Ensemble

Emily Stonecipher & Elizabeth Pollert teach children ages 9-12 in the after school  dance program at Newton D. Baker School of the Arts. There are several performance opportunities for the program in May; the students will be performing at Inlet’s Education Matinee on May 5th, outdoors at Kamm’s Corner Hooley Festival on May 12th, in Newton D. Baker’s school-wide Spring Culminating Arts Night on May 15th, and at the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Rock Your World showcase at the Rock & Roll Hall of fame on May 19th. As a performing ensemble, the after school program focuses on increasing technical proficiency and introducing elements of the Erick Hawkins modern dance technique, as well as continuing to work on improvisational skills. Emily & Elizabeth are building a piece collaboratively with the students, using movement & images the students created based on local neighborhood and Cleveland-themed prompts.

The Boys & Girls Club – Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary

Erin Pennebaker is teaching the Boys & Girls Club from Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary with Dominic Moore-Dunson and Maribeth Van Hecke on Thursday evenings. The age group ranges from 8-10. The students have been working very hard and are always extremely enthusiastic and attentive. They have spent time this semester learning about space, time, levels, ensemble, cannon and repetition, and incorporating movement phrases into these themes. The Boys & Girls Club have a culminating performance on May 9th where the theme of the evening is “empathy”. They combined movement phrases from the semester to base a piece off of this theme to the song “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay”.

The Boys & Girls Club – Walton Elementary


Boys & Girls Club at Walton Elementary

Emily Stonecipher & Dominic Moore-Dunson teach children ages 7-11 years for the Boys & Girls Club program at Walton Elementary. The children will be performing to live accompaniment at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 9th, at the Boys & Girls Club end-of-semester arts showcase. As the theme for this semester’s showcase was based on music from the Memphis jazz era, they selected music from Staff Record label artists and have created a piece based on physical empathy with an emphasis on musicality. they will also be performing at Inlet’s Education Matinee on May 5th.

The Lillian & Betty Ratner School


Ratner students performing “Cat in the Hat”

At the Lilian and Betty Ratner School, Dominic Moore-Dunson and Kevin Parker have been working with the 1st and 2nd graders to collaboratively build small adaptations of famous books by author Dr. Seuss. The students performed three works ” 1 Fish 2 Fish, Mr. Grinch, and Cat in the Hat” as a part of Ratner’s annual Dr. Seuss Awards which celebrates the author on his birthday. For Inlet’s Education Matinee the Ratner students will perform “Cat in the Hat” as a culmination of a residency focused on creativity & storytelling.

Miller South Visual & Performing Arts and Akron School of the Arts


Dancers from Miller South Visual & Performing Arts

As a result of the Knights Arts Challenge Grant, Dominic Moore-Dunson and Kevin Parker were able to conduct two choreographic residencies at Miller South Visual & Performing Arts (middle school) and Akron School of the Arts (high school). At Miller South, they spent 4 weeks discussing choreographic tools & devices choreographers use to create world class dance. The students had the opportunity to create/develop movement in a work-in-progress environment. During the time with the Akron School of the Arts students, they explored dance making from the lens of story-telling.  The residency culminated with a poignant work the all-female dance department wanted to create about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.

The Music Settlement

Joshua Brown has been teaching various classes at The Music Settlement this year. The 3-5 year old class at the Music Settlement will be performing at the Inlet Educational Matinee.  They will be sharing exercises from class tied together through a visit from The Giant. The 6-8 year old class at the Music Settlement will be performing at the Inlet Educational Matinee.  They are combining pre-Hawkins, pre-Non-Traditional Partnering, and Improvisation Exercises to create a story centered around a magical and/or haunted sculpture garden. Lastly, the Dance Explorers is an activity for Early Childhood students at the Music Settlement who sign up for it. They are focusing on: Personal Space vs. Group Space, Moving vs. Stillness, Levels in Space, Tempo, and how to use movement to play together and create stories together.