Elisabeth Ihde Cavallaro

Owner and Director

Elisabeth received her training from the Akron Dance Institute. She was a scholarship recipient with the Joffrey Ballet, The Rock School, and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Throughout high school, she performed many leading roles with the Akron University’s Repertory Dance Company.  Elisabeth has danced professionaly with the Ohio Dance Theater, performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and interned with the Ohio Ballet. She has been teaching dance throughout Northeast Ohio for the past 17 years and loves working with children of all ages and abilities. Her goal as a teacher is to instill passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts. In addition to running her own studio, Elisabeth is currently on faculty as a dance teacher at the Absorbent Minds Montessori School in Cuyahoga Falls.

Abigail Rea

Office Administrator

Abby graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Akron with a Bachelor's degree in English. She has studied dance recreationally and competitively in several different styles since a young age (primarily at IRBD!) and has continued her tap education through college and after graduation. Abby has taken class from a wide range of tappers including Savion Glover, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, Gregg Russell, Bril Barrett, Jared Grimes, and Sarah Savelli. Most recently Abby performed in Megan McBride Moore's repertory piece in the 2017 Motor City Soles. 

Alison Gazafy


Alison received her training from several different dance studios and conventions throughout her childhood, dancing competitively and studying from a number of different teachers (including Elisabeth herself!). She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from The University of Akron. She has performed on The University of Akron’s Dance Team for two years and with the Cleveland Monsters Dance Team. Alison is also a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor.

Brianna Habel


Brianna began her training at Nan Klinger’s Excellence in Dance Studio. She was a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, now known as Ballet Excel Ohio. She has danced with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. She also trained with the American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive. Brianna earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, where she was invited to be a member of the Cincinnati Ballet. She has also taught academy classes with Cincinnati Ballet. Brianna is currently dancing professionally in Ohio.

Rachel Brownlee


Rachel Brownlee trained at IRBD for 15 years and was on the Competition Team for 9 years, on which she was awarded numerous scholarships and first placements at a variety of competitions & conventions. Most recently she attended Nexstar Nationals where she received Second overall out of 96 solos in the Intermediate Senior Solo division. She is a now a company member of the Cleveland Tap Reparatory, a Wing It Tap Intensive Ambassador, and a student in Kent State University's Dance Program. Rachel has performed with Motor City Soles in Detroit, MI and with Fuzion Summer Intensive in Chicago, IL. She is currently ateending Kent State University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design with Dance minor.

Brady Rowan


Brady has been a competitive dancer for the past nine years, five of which were at IRBD. As a part of the award winning IRBD Competition team. He has participated in many conventions where he has won scholarship money, apprenticeship opportunities, as well as the prestigious $20,000 AMDA College scholarship. Most recently Brady was named the 2019 Nexstar Advanced Senior Solo National Champion out of 115 soloists. He was a member of the Hoban Dance Team for 4 years and was the captain his senior year. Brady is now studying at Cleveland State University pursuing a Nursing and Law degree. He will be on tour with the dance convention Titans of Dance as an assistant in 3 different cities.


Lexa Saia


Lexa danced at IRBD for 13 years, from the age of 5 to 18. She was a part of the award-winning Competition Team for 6 years. She has studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop.  She was a member of the Woodridge High School Dance Team for 4 years. Lexa is now the Head Coach of the Woodridge High School Dance Team. She is currently attending Kent State University where she is pursuing a degree in Psychology.

IRBD School of Dance • 272 East Steels Corners Road Suite B, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224 • Phone: (330) 923-8510  •  email: irbdschoolofdance@gmail.com

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