South Shore Dance Alliance


Executive Director and Founder of South Shore Dance Alliance

Instructor: Jazz and Modern Jazz Technique, Ballet


Larry Brewer studied ballet at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ruth Page Dance Academy, Dance Theater of Harlem, The Alvin Ailey School, and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Company.  He first began performing in 1975 with the Gary Theater Ensemble. Since that time, he has performed with the IU African American Dance Company, IU Modern Dance Company, Indiana University Ballet Department, and the Windfall Dancers all located in Bloomington, Indiana.  In addition, he has performed with several local dance companies, Sesame Street Live 1988 tour, several variety shows, and trade shows.  In February, 2000, he began (and continues) teaching dance for the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts  in Gary. Seeing the amazing potential in the young dancers throughout the Northwest Indiana region, he began to develop  his plans for a dance company and studio, which became a reality in 2002. Brewer recently received the Quality of Life Council Sustainability Award (2009) and was an Education 2010 finalist in the College Mentors for Kids: Inspire/Power of Mentoring Awards. To contact Larry, call the studio at 219-513-9368 or email 

Dancer: The Bloc Agency, Los Angeles


Kacie began her dance training in 2001 with Larry Brewer at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts. (It was also at Emerson where Kacie and Renaldo Maurice danced and performed together, winning IHSDTA ensemble and solo championships.) She continued her training at Ballet Chicago, Alvin Ailey, the Debbie Allen Academy, and majored in dance at Wright State University. She is a dancer for the Bloc Agency, Los Angeles. She has toured with Katy Perry, Janelle Monae, and Rihanna's Anti World Tour. She also appeared on NBC's live production of "The Wiz" and has also performed with Helene Fischer in Germany on television and stage. Kacie has also performed as a featured dancer with Disney and for the Cee Lo Green Loberace show in Las Vegas. She will be residing part time in the Northwest Indiana area.

Company Member: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City


Renaldo Maurice Gardner attended the Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts and studied with Larry Brewer and Michael Davis from sixth grade until receiving an Ailey School NYC scholarship at the end of his junior year. He is a company member of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, based in New York City. Renaldo was also a scholarship student at Ballet Chicago and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and had an internship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. In 2008, he received second place in modern dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and received the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship in 2009. In February 2012, Renaldo was honored with the key to the city of Gary, Indiana, his hometown.

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SSDA Guest Faculty: Ballet and Contemporary


A native of Gary, Indiana, Briana Arthur began dancing at her church at a young age. Ms. Arthur’s formal dance training began at the age of eleven, at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts, under the direction of Larry Brewer and Michal Davis. In 2013, Ms. Arthur graduated and received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. After graduating, Ms. Arthur became one of the dance captains in Julie Taymor’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Brooklyn, NY.


Ms. Arthur joined Thodos Dance Chicago in 2014 and performed with the company for three seasons. Briana made her professional choreographic debut, in the summer of 2015. She premiered "Go Ahead And Turn Back" at the Athenaeum Theatre, as a part of Thodos Dance Chicago's "New Dances", choreography initiative. Her second professional choreographic work, “Uncovering”, was performed at the Auditorium Theatre, for Thodos Dance Chicago’s finale season in 2017.  Briana is looking forward to the opportunity to continue sharing her passion for movement with SSDA students, and she is delighted to also begin her first season as an ensemble member with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre in Chicago.


SSDA Guest Faculty: Modern (Horton and Graham techniques)

Company Member/Emerging Instructor and Choreographer: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater  


Joshua Ishmon began dancing at an early age and continued with formal training entering the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in sixth grade until his graduation in 2007. He has also trained with Ballet Chicago and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago and  is a gifted choreographer. He currently is First Company Dancer/Teacher/Emerging Choreographer with Deeply Rooted in Chicago.

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