Tricia originates from Linda Diamond's Academy of Dance in Ohio where she was a faculty member and assistant to the director. Tricia continues her training as a teacher and choreographer and recently attended the Dance Teacher's Summit in New York. She gets her inspiration from studying with professionals such as Anthony Morigerato, Nick Bowman, Mike Minery, and Laurie Johnson.
Off the dance floor, Tricia serves as a finance director for a large health care system in Cleveland. Tricia received her undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University where she graduated magna cum laude earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting and a double minor in management and communications.
Lisa originates from Linda Diamond's Academy of Dance in Youngstown. She began her professional training in Los Angeles at the age of 19. Lisa was a scholarship student at the Joe Tremaine Dance Center and also trained at the Professional School for the Arts and the Edge Performing Arts Center.
Professional credits for Lisa include: "New Pollution" Beck, "Conspiracy Theory" feature film, Holland America cast member, Sea Gaia Ocean Dome cast member Miyazaki, Japan, "Anything Goes" South Bay Civic Light Opera, "Michael Jackson" Review Tai Pei, Taiwan, and instructional break down videos. Lisa also has appeared in several print campaigns and commercials for Fisher Price, American Greetings, Best Buy, Rite-Aid, Proctor & Gamble, Evenflo and Jo Ann Fabrics.
Lisa continues to train and develop as a choreographer and business owner through continuing education. She recently attended the Dance Teacher's Summit in New York and the Collective Workshop in Long Beach, California. Drawing inspiration and learning teaching techniques from professionals such as Denise Wall, Mia Michaels, Paula Morgan, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey and Ray Leeper, Lisa brings back inspiring, new and upcoming styles for RDA dancers.
Meet the Directors…
Together, sisters Lisa Bires and Tricia Bires hope to energize and inspire their students, not just by themselves, but with their amazing staff. The directors selected each teacher for the unique style and presence they bring to the classroom ensuring students are receiving well-rounded training at all levels.
Dancing since they could almost put on shoes, each director has developed a style of her own. When combined, their styles have resulted in numerous awards throughout the studio’s history.
Through the work of both directors, RDA's competition team has won many accolades and prestigious awards over the past 20 years. Senior dancers most recently won the Precision Arts Challenge " Best in Show" 2020 award along with another Best in Show finalist and 5 Solo Callback winners! Team members took home the Nationals 2019 1st Overall Senior Advanced Group among 15 other RDA routines placing in the overall awards. Ticket to Broadway Nationals Dance Off 1st Runner up winner along with various Judges Awards and finals winners. Starquest Apogee Award 2016, IDA Peoples Choice Award 2016, Applause Top Encore Studio 2015, Onstage Junior and Senior Critiques Choice Awards 2015, Starquest National Choreography Award and 1st Overall Champions 2014, FDC People's Choice Award 2013, KAR Teachers of the Year 2012.
The focus of Revolutions Dance Academy is to provide professional dance training while creating a positive and nurturing atmosphere. Students will be inspired to perform as they develop skills, build self-confidence, and meet new friends.
Somaya, contemporary, ballet, lyrical teacher and choreographer at Revolutions Dance Academy. She began her competitive dance training at Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, Maryland at the age of 12 and continued until she graduated in 2012. During her time at Spotlight Somaya trained with renowned teachers and award winning choreographers in different styles of dance including jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, and lyrical. This included Master classes with Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Rasta Thomas, Stacey Tookey, Destini Rogers and Ivan Koumaev, to name a few. Under the tutelage of Spotlight Artistic Director Winnette McGovern, Somaya won numerous regional and national competition titles and scholarships, including Miss Dance of the United States (USTD) and Miss Dance Educators of America (DEA). Somaya studied at Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts as a jazz major. She has taught and choreographed for competitive studios for the past 4 years and has won choreography awards while her students have won numerous technical awards. She has also served as a judge and teacher for dance competitions and conventions.
In September 2016 Somaya became an NBA dancer for the Cleveland Cavalier Girls Dance Team for the 2016-2017 season. Born and raised in Odenton, Maryland, a tiny suburb of Baltimore, MD, Somaya currently resides in Westlake, OH with her young daughter. She is delighted to be a part of the Revolutions Dance Academy family.
Students become an active part of the teaching process through participation in learning games, question and answer, demonstrating steps, displaying their own choreography, and assisting other classes. Students are also rewarded in various ways for learning, practicing, and participating in the classroom. This teaching style allows students to be themselves, build self-confidence and become creative.
Revolutions Dance Academy
RDA is a family owned business with over 40 years experience in the dance industry. Siblings Lisa, Tricia and Laura all work closely together with their mother Patty to create a studio that has a welcoming and supportive environment, allowing students to reach their full potential.