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Talise Campbell

Talise Campbell's Dance Class
Talise Campbell is a vibrant instructor, choreographer, and performer of West African Dance and Drum. She is a graduate of the Cleveland School of Arts having double majors in both dance and drama. She went on to become a member of the Imani African American Dance Company under the direction of Ms. Linda Thomas-Jones. There she performed across the United States and taught at various universities, public/private schools, and community festivals. She went on further to become choreographer and lead dancer for the Iroko Drum and Dance Society, being featured at the Palace Theatre for “Best International Works.” She has studied with the likes of Marie Basse-Wiles, Babacar N’Diaye, Assane Konte, Mouminatou Camara, Ronald K. Brown, Tako Demba Cissoko, Bill Wade, and Baba Chuck Davis to name a few. Combining a love for dance and educational growth, Talise obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cleveland State University in the fields of Special Education and Educational Administration. She has also taught and developed curriculum for West African dance at Kent State University and Cleveland State University. She went further to become an Artist in Residence at Cleveland School of Arts teaching African history, choreography, culture, and dance. She then became a full time faculty member teaching students with learning disabilities through the integration of the cultural arts.

Currently Ms. Campbell teaches at the Cleveland School of Arts, Karamu House, The Music School Settlement, Save Our Children, and at many other organizations and facilities. Ms. Campbell is also the Artistic Director for the Karamu Community Dance Program as well as the Director of the annual community June-teenth concert and conference programming in Cleveland. She has been afforded the opportunity to travel to various countries in Africa to assist with bringing traditional dance, history, and music back to the states. Her mission is to introduce and expose diverse communities to the rich cultural heritage of Africa and the African Diaspora by utilizing various art forms in hopes of bringing communities together from diverse backgrounds to celebrate and share the rich heritage of Africa. Ms. Campbell plans to receive her Doctoral Degree researching the effects of the integration of the arts comparing students in Dakar, Senegal with students in urban settings in America.

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