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 professionally 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 over 20 years and loves working with children of all ages and abilities. She is a nationally recognized choreographer and her routines have received numerous accolades and high score placements from competitions and conventions at both the regional and national level. Her goal as a teacher is to instill in her students a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts. 

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. In addition to working as the office administrator and teaching dance, Abby is currently pursuing a dual Masters Degree & Licensure in Special Education at Kent State University.

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Alison Gazafy

Teacher

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 on the Cleveland Monsters Dance Team. Alison is also a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor.

Brianna Habel

Teacher

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.

Lexa Saia

Teacher

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 has been employed as the Head Coach of the Woodridge High School Dance Team since 2017. She is currently attending Kent State University where she is pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

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Rachel Brownlee

Teacher

Rachel Brownlee is a Junior at Akron University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in dance with a Business Cognate. She has spent 15 years of her training here at IRBD, 9 of which were on their competitive team. Throughout high school and college Rachel has performed with Cleveland Tap Repertory, a local tap dance company. With this group, she has had the opportunity to perform in professional shows such as “Motor City Soles", and this year’s “Motown on Tap” in Detroit, MI, as well as perform in their first music video “Human.” Outside of these two companies, her training and performances include: Motor City Tap Fest, Wing It Tap Intensive, a 4-day Commercial Dance course with Maud Arnold, and a Residency with Gregg Russell in Detroit, MI. (2016-present) Fuzion Dance Camp in Chicago, IL. (2017) and Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensive in Jackson, MS. (July, 2021) After college, she plans to continue teaching and performing with local companies in Ohio and eventually moving to perform with traveling companies and shows.

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Brady Rowan

Teacher

Brady has been a competitive dancer for 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. 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. He has toured as an assistant with the dance convention Titans of Dance. In addition to teaching and choreographing, Brady is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing with minors in Dance and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University.