Beloved Dance Instructor Passes Unexpectedly

The Alameda performing arts community is mourning the sudden and tragic death of a dance instructor. Alameda High and Dance 10 Performing Arts Center Instructor Bryant Cash-Welch died unexpectedly last Thursday, Jan. 9, of a heart attack.

Cash-Welch, 48, taught hip-hop, jazz and musical theater at Dance 10, 900 Santa Clara Ave. “We are all saddened by this loss but we know that his youthful energy and spirit will live on forever at Dance/10,” read a statement from the studio to its students and their parents. “He has been an integral part of Dance 10 for over 15 years.”

Cash-Welch has an impressive resume to go along with his work at Dance 10. He performed with such notable names as Whitney Houston. He was also a choreographer whose credits include West Side Story (Harmony Players & Co, 1999), Babes in Toyland (Bay Area Educational Theater Co., 2001), Grease (Head Royce Academy, 2003) and Hairspray (St. Joseph Notre Dame).

A website has been created to collect donations in his honor. Visit www.giveforward.com and search for Bryant Cash-Welch.