Executive Artistic Director
Weaver began her dance training in African dance as a company member of Dance Afrika Dance of Cleveland, OH. She attended Tennessee State University, where she danced on a university performing arts scholarship. Upon graduation, she relocated to Chicago where she danced with the renowned Muntu Dance Theatre, under the direction of Amaniyea Payne, and performed the works of such notable choreographers as Abdel Salaam, Jeffrey Page, Monique Haley, Ronald K. Brown, and the late Pearl Primus. She has danced with Ko Thi Dance, Anointed Dance Ministries, and at numerous events, festivals, and theatrical productions. She has had the pleasure of working with such prominent master teachers as Terence Greene, Michael Metcalf, Babacar N’Diaye, and the late Baba Chuck Davis.
Weaver is also the Executive Artistic Director of Errin Ministries (EM), a community centered dance intervention that uses cultural and sacred dance forms to help solve, educate, and heal, which houses How Excellent! Dance Ministry. She has presented at churches and events throughout Northeast Ohio, the Alumni of Color Conference at Harvard University, in Kingston, Jamaica, and in her evening length work and original production, “How I Got Over: a Cultural Journey of Faith.”
She is certified at the M'Singha Wuti level for the Umfundalai Contemporary African Dance technique and has taught at Afro Fusion and Liturgical workshops and conferences nationally, including the Ohio Black Dance Festival, the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Ohio Dance Festival, and Dancing Our Africa. Her signature Raise Your Praise workshops have been presented and well received throughout Cleveland and Chicago.
Aseelah Shareef is the Director of Operations + Community Engagement at Karamu House. Ms. Shareef is a dancer, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She leads efforts for efficiency across the organization's product lines, curates and develops culturally responsive programming, and facilitates arts education for lifelong learners. Her previous experience includes former Dance Director of Cleveland School of the Arts, Project Manager for Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Department of Arts Education, Adjunct Professor of Dance at Cuyahoga Community College, and master-teaching artist for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. Ms. Shareef is an Ohio Citizens for the Arts Board Member, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Ms. Shareef is a member of the inaugural class of the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship sponsored by Americans for the Arts and American Express. She earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and master's degree in Arts Administration from The Florida State University.
Sharonda Whatley has been dancing for over 15 years. She trained and performed at Leap of Faith Dance Studio (Columbus, OH) in ballet, modern, jazz, and liturgical. She also performed with Tapestry Performing Arts Company (Columbus, OH) for two years and with the Cleveland Dance Project for three consecutive seasons. Sharonda has been a a dancer with Mojuba! Dance Collective since 2016. Sharonda has used the medium of dance to grow spiritually, artistically, and culturally. Off stage Sharonda is a certified Fitness Instructor and works as an Urban Planner for the City of Cleveland.