Our Team

Errin Weaver

Executive Artistic Director

 Errin Weaver is a teaching artist, wellness advocate, and community activator.  She began her dance training in African dance as a company member of Dance Afrika Dance of Cleveland, OH.  Errin attended Tennessee State University on a university performing arts scholarship, and then relocated to Chicago where she performed with the renowned Muntu Dance Theatre, under the direction of Amaniyea Payne.  She is certified at the M'Singha Wuti level for the Umfundalai Contemporary African Dance technique and has taught spiritual and African based dance forms extensively.  She has worked with such notable choreographers as Abdel Salaam, Jeffrey Page, Monique Haley, Ronald K. Brown, Babacar N’Diaye, and the late Baba Chuck Davis. Errin is a sought after choreographer and instructor of sacred dance rooted in the Gospel tradition.  Her organization Errin Ministries, and the recently formed Raise Your Praise Ministry Institute, trains and equips dancers and leaders toward excellence in dance ministry.  In 2019, she formed Mojuba! Dance Collective, an African contemporary dance company dedicated to exploring spiritual and cultural dance traditions of the African Diaspora to restore community wellness, share and validate the Black narrative experience, and reestablish cultural connection. 

Aseelah Shareef

Associate Director

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

Artistic Associate 

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 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. 

Donna Berry

Director of Administration

Donna Berry is the Branch Manager of Angels Care Home Health in Fairlawn, Ohio. Ms. Berry is a seamstress, event planner, creative, and arts administrator. She has lead teams in healthcare and the arts since 1998. Previously, Ms. Berry was Director of Administration for the nonprofit Errin Ministries where she wore many hats.  She sewed garments, developed and executed budgets, managed merchandising and decorated event spaces, all in addition to administering culturally relevant programming to the community.  

 

With a  passion for the arts and a keen eye for detail , she has served on the board of directors for Cleveland Dance Movement and was instrumental in the hosting of the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference held in Cleveland,  Ohio in 2015.

 

Ms. Berry is a member of the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice, Ohio Home Care Association and a proud  member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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