Talise Campbell


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Dance

Areas of Study


Talise A. Campbell is a graduate of Cleveland State University receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of education and administration.

She was a founding member of the Imani African American Dance Company under the direction of Linda Thomas-Jones. There she performed across the United States and taught at various universities, public/private schools, and community events. Campbell went on further to become choreographer and lead dancer for the Iroko Drum and Dance Society, being featured at the Palace Theatre for “Best International Works.”

She has studied with the likes of Marie Basse-Wiles, Assane Konte, Mouminatou Camara, Ronald K. Brown, Tacko Cissokho, Bill Wade, Moustapha Bangoura, and Baba Chuck Davis to name a few. Her choreographic works have been featured receiving rave reviews in notable plays such as Ruined, God’s Trombones, Black Nativity, Julius Caesar Set in Africa and Juneteenth.

Combining her love for arts and education, she became a full-time faculty member teaching students with learning disabilities through the integration of the cultural arts for 17 years at Cleveland School of the Arts.

Campbell is a visiting assistant professor of Africana studies and dance at Oberlin College. She also is the executive artistic director and choreographer of Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, where her mission is to preserve traditional music, art, dance, and history through her international travel and community engagement programs.

She plans to receive her doctoral degree researching the effects of the integration of the arts comparing students in Dakar, Senegal, with students in urban settings in America.

Fall 2023

West African Dance Forms I — AAST 190
West African Dance Forms I — DANC 190
Production Project — DANC 211
Social Justice in Dance — AAST 225
Social Justice in Dance — DANC 225
Practicum in Dance — DANC 311
Senior Project — DANC 400

Spring 2024

West African Dance Forms II — AAST 191
West African Dance Forms II — DANC 191
West African Dance III — AAST 192
West African Dance III — DANC 192
Dance Forms--African Diaspora — AAST 199
Dance Forms of the African Diaspora — DANC 199
Production Project — DANC 211
Beginning Choreography in Cultural Traditions — AAST 224
Beginning Choreography in Cultural Traditions — DANC 224
Practicum in Dance — DANC 311
Senior Project — DANC 400


Talise Campbell Dances, Produces, and Choreographs

October 9, 2017

Talise Campbell, visiting assistant professor of Africana studies and dance, produced and choreographed the 8th Annual African Dance and Drum Festival and Juneteenth Concert in Cleveland, Ohio. Campbell also traveled to the village of Hadiyala in Sénégal, West Africa, where she presented her choreography.