Brianna RhodesDance/Movement, Visual Poetry, Modern, West African, Afrobeats, & Hip Hop
Brianna Rhodes is an Ohio native and graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance. She formally danced as a fellow with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Currently, she is working with Dianne McIntyre and serving as a freelance dancer and dance teacher. Her talents span concert, street, and commercial dance. Primarily, she works with the youth teaching dance, along with dance history, in many corners of Columbus, Ohio. Her professional career has allowed her to perform at the Bermuda Dance Festival, in a Brazil tour group, and at City Center in New York. Brianna has a large movement vocabulary ranging from Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Composition/Choreography, Improvisation, and Gymnastics, to Afrofusion (a self defined term to describe the fusion of dance styles created by Black people. The styles focused on are Afrobeats, Dancehall, Hip Hop, House, Voguing, West African, Body Percussions, and Modern).
When teaching, Brianna focuses on the freedom of movement, as well as the uniqueness of one’s individuality. This serves as a catalyst for progress, empowerment, and transformation because the person is the color on the canvas of art. Brianna shows that anyone can move, create, and grow through the creativity that shines throughout their body.
Alongside dance, Brianna is a poet, a spokeswoman for Aunt Flow (a free feminine product company), a model, and a small film actress. Everything she creates comes from the point of view of a young, Black, Queer artist, who serves as a vessel for all. She uses her art to provide healing, storytelling, and comfort for those who are inspired by her message. She lives by the famous African proverb “Ubuntu” which serves as a reminder to help those who come after while remaining true to the ones before.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adults
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Performance Space
- Smart board/TV for projecting, HDMI chord
Teaching schedule, touring