About Inlet

Mission Statement

To create and perform innovative dance and movement theatre at  a high level of artistry, speak creatively about human life issues, and bring about personal development in the lives of individuals through training and mentoring.


About the Artistic Director


Inlet’s unique ability to share dance with people of all ages and backgrounds comes from its Founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Bill Wade.  Formerly, Wade worked as an artist in residence for the Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA) where he founded the nationally-recognized and awarded after school program the YARD – Youth At Risk Dancing.  He received the Coming Up Taller Award at the White House by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities.  Prior to his eleven year CSA residency, Wade served as an Artistic Director and dancer with Footpath Dance Company.  Wade’s work also includes collaborations with STOMP, Major League Baseball, Sea World of Ohio and the 1992 Winter Olympic Games and has been recognized both regionally and nationally on television, radio, magazines and newspapers.

spacerOur Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Communication
  • Excellence
  • Growth
  • Hard Work      
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Outreach
  • Respect


Inlet Dance Theatre is one of the region’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies.  Founded in 2001 by Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his longstanding belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development.  Inlet’s collaborative artistic staff build the company’s solid reputation for uplifting individuals and engaging new audiences via performances and education programming.

Inlet Dance Theatre’s impact has grown locally to internationally.  The company’s concerts, special events, Inflow and Outflow education programs began as local initiatives and now reach regional, national and international markets.  Inlet’s diverse base of work includes concerts such as part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks series and international exchanges to Easter Island (a commonwealth of Chile).  Inlet’s education programming includes teaching dance in our home studio, attracting students from as far away as Central America to our Summer Dance Intensive, and conducting residencies throughout Ohio as part of the Ohio Arts Council’s Artist in Residence Program

In contrast to an industry where people are often used to further dance, Inlet Dance Theatre is committed to using dance to further people.  Discover for yourself what makes Inlet unique.


Inlet Company and Apprentices

Joshua Brown
Dominic-Moore Dunson
Nicole O’Malley
Erin Pennebaker
Elizabeth Pollert
Michelle Sipes

B Company

Katie McGaha


Morgann Grampp
Anne Howard
Kevin Parker
Emily Koch Stonecipher


Katherine Linquist
Holly Rarick


Magdalen Gibson
Katie Knettel
Amanda Mary
Cedric Maye
Noah Silberman

Company Manager

Libby Koba

Board of Trustees

Matt Anderson (Chair)

Lisa Boyko (Vice Chair)

Cleveland Orchestra

Kelly Brown (Treasurer)
Operations Manager
PNC Bank

Linda Merriam

Non-Profit Professional

Judith Richner
Dance Instructor

Suzanne Wilkins (Secretary)
Library Associate,
Heights Libraries

Bill Wade (Founder)
Founder & Executive/Artistic Director,
Inlet Dance Theatre

Honorary Board Member

Lois Roberts, Eclectic

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