Inlet’s 2nd Annual Big Bash Fundraiser: On the Road with Inlet – Presented by Cleveland Public Theatre

21369307_10155595358870688_7753731008239904923_nYou already know Inlet is holding the 2nd annual Big Bash Fundraiser: On the Road with Inlet. (And we know you already have your tickets!) But, are you ready for what’s actually in store for the evening? We’re excited to announce that Cleveland Public Theatre is officially Inlet’s Big Bash PRESENTING SPONSOR. With their incredible community engagement, Cleveland Public Theatre’s sponsorship allows Inlet the ability to reach and engage with more individuals–inviting them IN to our world and becoming apart of the modern dance experience, Cleveland style. Inlet is thankful to have Cleveland Public Theatre as the presenting sponsor so that together, we can continue to transform this city with great art.

The Big Bash fundraising party and raffle serve to raise funds for the continuation of the company’s great work. This fun-filled evening will include live dance performances, creative activities, and a fabulous raffle; all accompanied with excellent beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres!
To help us highlight this year’s theme, On the Road with Inlet, Chris Hodgson’s famous food truck, Hodge Podge, will be on site to serve our guests! (Courtesy of our Company Sponsor Driftwood Catering).

– We will give more information about what the raffle items will be, but below are the prices (cash, check, credit cards accepted): 1 ticket for $5 / 6 tickets for $25                            – Dressy Casual attire is recommended. 
– There is free parking lot and street parking available directly off Detroit Ave (between W 64th & W 65th St).

Our valued Presenting Sponsor for Inlet’s Big Bash is Cleveland Public Theatre (
We are also grateful to our Company Sponsor Driftwood Catering (

Inlet’s 2nd Annual Big Bash – presented by Cleveland Public Theatre
Friday, November 10, 2017
7pm – 10pm
Cleveland Public Theatre’s Parish Hall
6205 Detroit Ave, Cleveland OH 44102 (in the Gordon Square Arts District)


Inlet Sightings (September, 2017)


“Walk With Me” being performed at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium: Unleash.

Playhouse Square’s Dance Showcase

Inlet has officially entered the company’s 17th season, and it’s been jam packed. Inlet started the season with performing in Playhouse Square’s annual, FREE event, Dance Showcase on September 8th. Presented by Terry & Sheldon Adelman and Playhouse Square’s Community Engagement and Education, the evening was filled with a cast array of dance styles from Northeast Ohio’s finest dance companies. Inlet is thankful to have been apart of this evening again!


Company Member Elizabeth Pollert modeling the makeup designs for the living dessert tables.

Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium: Unleash 

The next night, September 9th, Inlet was across town at Cleveland Public Theatre’s annual fundraising benefit, this year themed – Pandemonium: Unleash. Inlet’s Joshua Brown and Dominic Moore-Dunson performed the newly created duet, “Walk With Me,” while the rest of the company performed as living dessert tables and dance party starters. Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium is considered the “party of the year” and this year definitely did not disappoint. The evening was filled with creativity, excitement, support, and of course, ART. Inlet is already excited for next year.



Company Members Katie McGaha & Emily Stonecipher performing sculpture duets at the Hillsdale College Student Union.

Hillsdale College, MI

Inlet was back on the road September 14 – 17 traveling to Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI performing an entire concert as part of the Hillsdale College Dance Department’s Performing Artist’s Series. In addition to performing, Inlet taught various master classes in Non-Traditional Partnering and Improvisational techniques, as well as site specific demonstrations inside the campus’ university center. Held in the Sage Center for the Arts, the FREE evening performance on Saturday, September 16 was packed with students and artists alike, some witnessing Inlet Dance Theatre for the first time.

Newton D. Baker School of Arts

Newton D. Baker School of Arts students practicing Improvisational exercises aimed towards achieving togetherness and honing leadership skills.

Educational Concerts

Amongst all the concerts and touring, Inlet has also started 2 year-long educational residencies at both Newton D. Baker School of Arts and The Lillian & Betty Ratner School.  These performances are geared to excite the students, faculty, and staff about live performing arts and the art-making process. Within the residences, the students are given tools to craft their own creativity and apply skills like teamwork and problem-solving into the process of working together as a group of young artists. Both schools will end with culminating performances allowing the students to show all they have learned throughout the year and premiere dances they create themselves!

What’s Your Inlet Story? – Meet Katarina Akers

6031696371d25b5e19cb017b3011d9a793c9536.jpgEach month, Inlet features a new member. This month, we want to introduce you to Katarina Akers. Katarina is originally from Indiana, but has now lived in Cleveland for less than a month training with Inlet’s Trainee & Apprentice Program. Here’s a little more about her:

I grew up dancing at Crawfordsville Academy of Dance, with Cindy Whittle and Stefanie Case Deaton as my teachers. I started dancing there when I was 3, so everyone at CAD is basically family to me. I started with tap, then added ballet, then jazz, and then modern. I couldn’t get enough of dance so I just kept adding classes until there weren’t any left for me to take! After I graduated high school I went to Grand Valley State University and majored in Dance. I loved my time and everyone at GVSU. I think it was where I really was able to decide who I was as a dancer and artist. My teachers and peers were always so supportive and I have a lot to thank them for. My first year after college I lived in Houston, TX and danced with Ad Deum II, Ad Deum’s second company, where I made a lot of amazing connections within the dance world. And well, now I’m here! 
I heard about Inlet during my time with Ad Deum II. Inlet is invited to teach at Ad Deum’s summer intensive every year and it was there that I finally met Bill Wade and a few of the senior company members. My roommate and I basically followed them around for the entire week like a bunch of groupies and we took every single class they taught. After taking their classes and listening to Bill discuss what Inlet was about I knew I wanted to work with Inlet more than just a couple classes. So, I guess, that was the week that I decided Inlet was the place for me. 
Some fun facts:
My biggest dream would be to have my own dance company one day. I love creating and working with others to make something bigger than myself. 
I have a lot of hobbies! When I want quiet time I like to read, draw, and paint. Or watch an entire season of my favorite show in one sitting. It really just depends on the day. But I’m also just as content to go to a coffee shop or amusement park with friends. Ya know, spice things up a bit. 
Stay tuned to meet more new members, like Katarina, that are with Inlet Dance Theatre.


Inlet’s 2nd Annual Big Bash FUNdraiser

Inlet's Big Bash

Inlet’s 1st Big Bash FUNdraiser

Don’t miss out!

Not only will you get to experience modern dance, but you’ll actually become part of the experience.
Join the growing community that supports Inlet Dance Theatre and Northeast Ohio dance.
We want to let you in to our world!

Inlet Dance Theatre’s 2nd Annual Big Bash Benefit at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Parish Hall in Gordon Square on November 10, 2017. A fun-packed evening of music and dance, creative activities, and a fabulous raffle. Chris Hodgson’s famous food truck, Hodge Podge, helps us highlight our touring theme, On the Road with Inlet. Join the celebration and help Inlet Dance Theatre continue to transform our city with great art!

Tickets are $75 ($35 for under-30s)
To buy tickets online, visit
For more information, call 216-721-8580 or email

Give to help a student’s dream become a reality!

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~Jesse Owens

Do you remember what it was like to have a dream? Something you wanted to do that maybe, just maybe, everyone said you couldn’t make happen? And yet, you did. Or perhaps, you didn’t get your chance to see your dream come true. Every summer, Inlet Dance Theatre’s Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) helps students from throughout Greater Cleveland, the country, and the world come together to live their dream of making dance. It’s one more way we use dance to further people’s lives.

SDI is a six and a half week dance camp that takes place June 12 – July 26.  It costs $1450 for an individual to participate.  While we do everything we can to make the camp as affordable as possible, some students simply cannot afford it.  This is where you come in.   Through your tax-deductible donation, you can help make someone’s dream their reality today. Whether you are able to underwrite the entire tuition or contribute another amount, your gift will make a difference. And now, through a generous donor, all gifts made will be matched up to $5,000!! There’s never been a better time to give to Inlet Dance!!

ImageBut don’t just take our word for it. Listen to what one of our recent students had to say about SDI: “I just had planned to receive technical training. But if you do decide to commit yourself to the training and what they’re telling you to do, then you’re not just going to change as a performer – as a dancer, but there’s going to be a vision cast in you and you’re going to realize it goes so much beyond just what’s in front of your horizon.”

Won’t you please help turn a dream into reality through your gift made today? You can easily donate online by going to and click on the Donate button. Thank you for your continued support of Inlet Dance Theatre and I look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

With sincere appreciation,

Bill Wade

Founder and Executive/Artistic Director

P.S.  Save the date! Free SDI public performances at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights on July 24 & 25!

Consider also giving at one of our fundraising events this summer:

1. Attend our FIRST student run Car Wash!! Stop by Marathon at 2294 Lee Road on June 22nd, 10am-2pm. Donate to Inlet Dance Theatre and drive away with a clean car washed by the students and dancers of Inlet Dance Theatre.

2. Eat at Dewey’s Pizza and Support Inlet! July 1st, 4-10pm. Simply email to receive a certificate, then turn that in at Dewey’s Pizza with your order and 10% of your check will be donated back to Inlet. Applies to dine-in and carry out!

3. Eat at Sweetie Fry and Support Inlet! July 16th, 6-10pm. Simply email to receive a certificate, then turn that in at Dewey’s Pizza with your order and 10% of your check will be donated back to Inlet. Applies to dine-in and carry out!

4. Attend our Friends of Inlet Twilight Reception! July 25th at 7pm in the Cain Park Collonade prior to our FREE performance at 8pm. $30 donation per person, $50 donation per couple, includes reserved seating at July 25 concert. RSVP to Rachael Sauber: 216-721-8580 or

Support Inlet Dance Theatre this Season!

Just over 10 years ago, I believed that there could be a different kind of dance company – a company that focused first on the people, and then on the product. Today, I still hold this belief near and dear to my heart and it’s what continues to serve as the driving force behind Inlet Dance Theatre. What started out as a small, grassroots arts organization has grown into an organization that touches thousands of lives each year. As a Cleveland-grown company, I am proud that Inlet delivers exceptional experiences through our exceptional people.



Inlet performs as puppets at the West Side Market Centennial Parade

  • Inlet engages 4 company members, 3 apprentices, and 8 trainees. All of these dancers play a significant role in our performances and education programming; many of them are transplants from cities throughout the country who now call Cleveland home;
  • The community we serve is intentionally broad and represents a diversity of geography, socioeconomic status, and race;
  • Inlet was recently chosen as the favorite dance company during PlayhouseSquare’s Dance Showcase (September 2012);
  • Inlet performs throughout the community in a variety of venues from Cleveland Public Theater to free public performances at Cain Park each summer.



Company Member Dominic Moore-Dunson lead children at Ratner School through and Inlet warm-up

  • Our programming intentionally puts students in the place of learning about creative problem solving, building collaborative teams, and engaging them in the dance making process;
  • Our education projects tie directly with our mission statement…sharing the dance making process with individuals as a way to bring about their personal development;
  • Our students in the Inlet Trainee & Apprentice Program and the Summer Dance Intensive come from across the Greater Cleveland community, the country, and as far as Belize or Israel.


    Inlet Company and SDI Students prepare backstage at Cain Park for their performance – photo by Lauren Stonestreet

Inlet Dance:
  • Inlet has quickly gained a reputation as one of the premiere dance organizations in Greater Cleveland whose non-traditional partnering lineage of dance is unmatched within the region and which appeals to both dance purists and the casual observer;
  • Our success is due to your involvement and support of our programs. We are here because of your generosity, your commitment, and your belief in what we do.

For more than 10 years, in an industry where people are often used to further dance, Inlet Dance Theatre has been committed to using dance to further people. Now, we’re asking you to help further us. I am asking you to support Inlet Dance Theatre today by making an investment – an investment in community, education, and Inlet Dance. If you are unable to make a gift at this time, I hope you may consider us at a time when it is more appropriate for you and your family. I thank you for your continued support of Inlet Dance Theatre and look forward to seeing you at one of our programs! Support Inlet Dance Theatre’s mission through your giving

Bill Wade

Founder & Executive/Artistic Director

P.S. -This year we are trying to raise $15,000 from our friends, families and neighbors. Any gift you can send will greatly help us continue to use dance to further people!

Inlet hosts an International Artist Through The Cleveland Foundation

Kapila Palihawadana, Artistic Director of nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka, began his residency with Inlet Dance Theatre.   His three month residency (September-November, 2012) is made possible through The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion International Artist Residency Program.  Kapila began the process of creating a new work on Inlet Dance Theatre, focusing on the theme of “healing.”

Each rehearsal begins with Kapila giving an Ashtanga Yoga warm up to the company members, apprentices and trainees of Inlet.  This warm up (very different than Inlet’s Hawkins-based release and Pilobolus-based nontraditional partnering background) is currently followed by discussions about the theme and improvisations based on a vetted list of symbols for healing.

Kapila’s energy is contagious and the dancers of Inlet are diving into the work with abandon. His process is similar, in many ways, to the collaborative creative process Inlet regularly utilizes—it is the movement vocabulary that is vastly different, as Kapila infuses his contemporary work with Sri Lankan traditional dance, particularly Kandyan Dance.

In addition to creating the new work for Inlet and learning from Inlet, we created a schedule Kapila to engage the community through master classes and lectures throughout the Northeast Ohio area.  Kapila is sharing his unique blend of dance with CSU, Verb Ballets, Starting Point, the Music Settlement, Tri-C East and West campuses, the Beck Center, Hathaway Brown School, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace, Firestone High School (Akron) and even at Chagrin Yoga; more will be added to Kapila’s schedule, as well.

Be looking for Kapila throughout the community and plan to view a sneak peek excerpt of his new work at the Hanna Theater when Inlet performs the world premiere of Center of the Earth (Te Pito o te Henua)—our finished work inspired by our international artist exchange with Easter Island.  Tickets to our world premiere at the Hanna Theater are only $10 are they’re going FAST!  For more information regarding the Hanna Theater concert, go to: