Ajayi Dance

Create. Connect. Cultivate.

Ajayi Dance LLC is a project driven dance company based in Shaker Heights, Ohio with a goal to create dance that inspires and deepens a sense of connection to self, others, community, and the world around us.



Melissa Ajayi is a graduate of Kent State University where she received a BFA in dance performance and a BS in Therapeutic Recreation. She lived and worked in New York City, and Lexington Kentucky before returning to Ohio in 2015. She has danced with multiple companies including Antaeus Dance, Travesty Dance Group, Marquez Dance Project, Emily Jeffries, Sarah Holmes-Villanueva, Leanne Schmidt and Company and Blackbird Dance Theatre. 
She has performed locally at CPT's Danceworks, Pandemonium, Cleveland Dance festival, and The Somatic Center where she also taught adult contemporary dance. Her own work has been presented at Blackbird Dance festival and Tridea Dance. She currently teaches adult contemproary classes at Sha'Ran Studios and is producing a site specific series: "Place in Time."
In addition to her performance career, Melissa is a Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has a passion for utilizing dance as a therapeutic intervention to bring about physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral change. Her work and writing about using dance as a therapeutic intervention has been published in the National Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and she has presented at the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association Conference, Therapeutic Recreation Association of Suffolk County Conference (Long Island), and the National Dance Education Organization Conference.


Join the Movement

  • Place in Time: There/Then
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 04
    Hale Farm and Village
    Jun 04, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210, USA
    The second installment of the Place in Time series by Ajayi Dance. Come see this historic site in a way that has never been experienced before...or has it?
  • Modern/Contemporary Class
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 29
    Dance By Sha'Ran
    Mar 29, 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM
    Dance By Sha'Ran, 3445 Warrensville Center Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, USA
    Join Melissa on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 for an hour of sweat, creativity, and fun. Warm up with a blend of modern technique and somatic work then express yourself in a dynamic phrase. This class is $15 and is recommended for intermediate-advanced adult dancers.
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"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."

Alan Watts



Get in touch with Melissa today to learn more about upcoming events, classes, performance opportunities, or to express interest in collaboration and fiscal support.

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Melissa Ajayi is a sponsored artist with The Performance Zone Inc (dba The Field), a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community. Contributions to The Field earmarked for Melissa Ajayi are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field, or for our national charities registration, contact: The Field, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906 New York, NY 10038, phone: 212-691-6969. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained from The Field or from the Office of Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.