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Summer 2012 Adult & Teen Class Descriptions

Quick Links to Classes & Faculty

Ballet Modern Dance (Saturdays)
Belly Dance Modern Dance for Beginners
Boogie Babies (Kids Dance) Modern Dance Masterclasses
Breakdance for Adults Modern Dance Saturday Series
Breakdance for Kids Modern Dance Lehman Technique
Dunham Technique / West African Musical Theater Dance
Hip Hop Shake and Create (Kids Dance)
Introduction to Dance I (Kids Dance) Stretch and Strengthen (Kids Dance)
Introduction to Dance II (Kids Dance) Wiggle, Giggle, Imagine (Kids Dance)
Modern Dance (Mondays and Tuesdays) Vinyasa Yoga

Course Descriptions & Faculty Biographies

BALLET

Monday night Ballet classes are taught by Emily Scott, former dancer with the Louisville Ballet and current company member of MamLuft&Co. Dance. This class is intended for beginners and intermediate dancers.
The class will follow the traditional ballet structure of barre exercises, stretching, adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grand allegro in joyful, low stress environments!

EMILY SCOTT is a native of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and started her training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet under the instruction of Patrick Notaro. A graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy, she performed many featured roles in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, and performed in contemporary choreography by the Butler faculty including pieces by Cynthia Pratt and Derek Reid. She also had the opportunity to perform/study ballet and character dance in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emily is dancer in modern dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance; prior to coming to the company, she performed with the Louisville Ballet Company.

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BELLY DANCE

Belly Dance has many cultural influences including Egyptian, African, Indian, Mediterranean and Caribbean dances. These classes will cover the origins of belly dance from Classic to Tribal styles and also incorporate Modern dance influences. We will use traditional Middle Eastern music, Contemporary music and live drumming to learn this ancient form of dance and how to continue its beautiful legacy. Starting out with the basic steps, we will take what we’ve learned, turn it into combinations and create a short choreography by the end of the class series.

SARESA HANNA was born in Brooklyn, NY and found dance at an early age as a way to express herself. As an adult, her dance history includes instruction at Salsa Groove NYC, American Tribal and Fusion Belly Dance classes and workshops in NYC, Columbus, OH and here in Cincinnati. She continues to learn all forms of dance and incorporates it into her Belly Dance technique and style which keeps the traditions of Belly Dance alive, but also adds a new twist to each step. She hopes to bring her love for all forms of dance to those that want learn a new style of expression.

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BOOGIE BABIES (18 mo-2 yrs + Parents)
Introduce your toddler to the wonderful world of dance. In this class you and your child will be dancing together! Creative movement will by explored by dancing games, fun songs, and movement stories.

ALLISON JACOBS has been dancing and teaching in greater Cincinnati and New York City for the past twenty years. Her dance training is primarily focused on Ballet and Modern. However, Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Allison has worked with Tanze Performing Arts Studio, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Miami Valley Ballet Theater, Long Island University, Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, and Fresh Air Fund. Most recently, Allison has taught dance for Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching dance Allison is currently a student at Northern Kentucky University working towards degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

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BREAKDANCING FOR ADULTS

Also known as “B-boying” or “B-Girling,” this Breakdance class will teach the original form of hip hop dancing. It will explore freestyling and start with foundations or fundamentals, advancing as the class progresses, through toprocks, drops, footwork, power moves, freezes, and individual character and creativity.

BRENT FIELDS holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and is a American College of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer. He has worked with Jaron Joiner, performed at Lupe Fiasco, City Nights, and community events as a hip hop dancer, and has professional audition experience (Cirque Du Soleil and Paula Abdul’s Dance Show). Mr. Fields is a new teacher at Contemporary Dance Theater.

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BREAKDANCE FOR KIDS

Breakdancing can be a confidence-building, fun, and physical activity for kids! Breakdance basic techniques are taught to kids ages 6-10 (elementary school age, entering into first through fifth grade this fall), encouraging individual character and creativity through movement.

BRENT FIELDS holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and is a American College of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer. He has worked with Jaron Joiner, performed at Lupe Fiasco, City Nights, and community events as a hip hop dancer, and has professional audition experience (Cirque Du Soleil and Paula Abdul’s Dance Show). Mr. Fields is a new teacher at Contemporary Dance Theater.

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HIP HOP

Steve Irwin teaches adult level Hip Hop classes with creative choreography set to the latest hip hop and R&B music.

STEVE IRWIN has been dancing and teaching professionally for over twenty years. He has performed all over the world on cruise ships, at dinner theaters, and at theme parks. Steve’s teaching credits include Northern Kentucky University, Governor’s School of the Arts, Playhouse in the Park, Wyoming Center for the Arts, and is currently on staff at Cincinnati Ballet and CCM. He is pleased to be teaching at CDT.

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INTRODUCTION TO DANCE I (Ages 6-9)

The fundamentals of Ballet and Modern dance will be introduced with a focus on proper technique, musicality, and the development of flexibility. Your child will have an opportunity to explore their creativity and imagination through movement games and activities. Tights and leotards are preferred, but not required. We welcome dancers of all experience. However, no previous dance experience is necessary.

ALLISON JACOBS has been dancing and teaching in greater Cincinnati and New York City for the past twenty years. Her dance training is primarily focused on Ballet and Modern. However, Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Allison has worked with Tanze Performing Arts Studio, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Miami Valley Ballet Theater, Long Island University, Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, and Fresh Air Fund. Most recently, Allison has taught dance for Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching dance Allison is currently a student at Northern Kentucky University working towards degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

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INTRODUCTION TO DANCE II (Ages 10-14)

This class rotates, one week Ballet and the following week Modern. Students will have an opportunity to move creatively with a focus on musicality, proper technique, and an emphasis on developing strength and flexibility. Tights and leotards are preferred, but not required. We welcome dancers of all experience. However, no previous dance experience is necessary.

ALLISON JACOBS has been dancing and teaching in greater Cincinnati and New York City for the past twenty years. Her dance training is primarily focused on Ballet and Modern. However, Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Allison has worked with Tanze Performing Arts Studio, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Miami Valley Ballet Theater, Long Island University, Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, and Fresh Air Fund. Most recently, Allison has taught dance for Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching dance Allison is currently a student at Northern Kentucky University working towards degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

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MODERN DANCE on Mondays and Tuesdays

A mixed-level and mixed-origin Modern Dance class will explore various Modern Dance styles and techniques. The classes aim to improve your flexibility, range of motion, technical knowledge, musicality, artistic range, and understanding of basic modern dance principles.

EMILY SCOTT is a native of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and started her training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet under the instruction of Patrick Notaro. A graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy, she performed many featured roles in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, and performed in contemporary choreography by the Butler faculty including pieces by Cynthia Pratt and Derek Reid. She also had the opportunity to perform/study ballet and character dance in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emily is dancer in modern dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance; prior to coming to the company, she performed with the Louisville Ballet Company.

JACQUELYN CORCORAN is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Texas Woman’s University. A native of Texas, Ms. Corcoran re-located to the Cincinnati area to dance with MamLuft&Co. Dance from 2007-2011. She has recently studied as a scholarship student at both the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival, as well as with Sarah Gamblin, Mary Williford-Shade (Lacy & Shade), Nycole Ray (formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and currently with Dallas Black Dance Theatre), and Melissa Young (Associate Artistic Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre). Among post-modern and balletic studies, Ms. Corcoran also studied Lester Horton Technique, as well as dances from West Africa. She has recently performed choreography by MamLuft&Co. Dance company members, Rachel James and Ashley Powell. She has also recently performed with Judith Mikita, MFA and Demetrius Klein.

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MODERN DANCE FOR BEGINNERS

This is a unique class designed especially for strengthening specific areas of the body as well as basic dance positions and concepts. The emphasis is on the abdomen, thighs, chest, back and arm muscles. Through movement this exercise class focuses on improving posture, developing flexibility and enhancing coordination.

SHANI ZISOVITCH was born and trained as a dancer in Israel, and is a graduate of The Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem with a Bachelor of Dance and a teaching certificate. As a choreographer her works were shown on stages in Israel and she was awarded first place in competitions and festivals. As a dancer Shani performed in works of different choreographers in Israel and Europe. In the past 8 years Shani has taught modern dance and improvisation to students and adults, using a variety of techniques and extensive use of ‘release technique’ and floor work. In addition to dancing, Shani specializes in women’s exercise and is a certified trainer for pregnant women. She has recently performed in a work by choreographer Diane Germaine as part of the PTA series at CDT.

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MODERN DANCE SATURDAY SERIES on Saturdays

This exciting series of different techniques in Modern Dance will be offered on Saturdays. It consists of the Lehman Technique, Masterclasses with Diane Germaine, Katherine Dunham / West African, and Modern Dance Technique with Shani Zisovitch & Guests.

MODERN DANCE LEHMAN TECHNIQUE

Focuses on developing a strong well rounded dancer, with dynamic phrasing skills and amazing stamina. The technique is a combination of various forms of dance techniques Dunham, Horton, and Graham combined with the richness of Classical Russian Ballet (Kirov Style), enhanced by jazz styles like Jack Cole techniques, various Afro-Cuban and Eastern Folkloric forms of dance ( Latvian, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, etc.). Also focuses heavily on developing strong emotional intent, improvisations, flexibility, alignment, balance, breathing techniques. Folkloric styles help to develop character development and cultural awareness. Afro-Cuban develops musicality and strength Learning various styles/techniques helps develop versatility.

KA-RON BROWN LEHMAN came to Ohio June 2007 from Los Angeles, California. Ms. Lehman trained intensely under Carolyn Skyers, J. Erglis Smaltzoff, George Zurich, Michael Panaieff, Doug Rivera, Eunice Cane, Joseph Rickard, Jimmy Fields and James Truitte; and later, in New York, with Karol Shook, Tanaquil LeClercq, Thelma Hill at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ms. Lehman went on to become an accomplished dance muse for numerous renowned choreographers and a motivating educator of 48 years, known for helping students unlock their emotions through dance throughout the US, Finland, Canada and Australia. Ka-Ron taught Contemporary Modern and Choreography at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts for 21 years and was appointed Artistic Director for the LACHSA Dance Department for 2001-2006. For her excellent mentoring and plethora of concert stages, TV variety series, award specials, Broadway, theatre, film, and commercial credits, she was awarded numerous National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, the American Choreography/Educator Award, a Drama Logue Critics Award, and a Distinguished Presidential Scholar Teacher Award. She produced and choreographed numerous dance concerts showcasing the Lehman Dance Company, and in 1993, created the Annual Lehman Awards honoring members of the dance community and helping educate young dancers and community about our rich dance legacy. Ms. Lehman is presently teaching the “Lehman Technique” at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy, Claudia Rudolf-Barrett’s ballet tech of ohio, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (dance majors only), and has recently joined the dance faculty at The School for Creative and Performing Arts at Erich Kunzel Center for Arts and Education. Since arriving in Cincinnati, Ms. Lehman has also shared her choreography works such as, “Heart of a Woman,” “Helen Keller — The Other Room,” “Recurring Dreams,” “The Bus Stop,” “Soul of Grace,” and “The Periapt” ( an original ballet and collaboration with Maestro Michael Chertock created for the Cincinnati Ballet’s Company’s 2010 New Works Project). Ms Lehman is currently a proud member of the newly developed Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance and proudly returns to teach this master series at CDT.

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MODERN DANCE MASTERCLASSES

DIANE GERMAINE, named one of The Enquirer’s “8 to watch in 2008,” is the founder of Germaine DanceWorks and a founding member of Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. The New York Times named her “a superstar modern dancer,” describing her dancing as “boneless as a shadow and in control of every kinetic nuance.” She was an honors graduate of NYC’s famous Performing Arts High School, and went on to earn high praise for her roles in Fatal Birds, The Path, Metallics, Shadows, and as poetess Anne Sexton in A Consort for Dancers during her years as Principal Soloist of the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, NYC. As Artistic Director with her own NYC company, Diane Germaine & Dancers, and as an independent contemporary choreographer and director, Germaine received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Arts Public Service (NYC), City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Arts Council for such works as Playground, Nighthawks, Didi, a Life, and Fated Tango; some recent works include Monologue and Little Deaths, The Empty Room, Dos Gallos y una Dulzura and Aperture. She has been a Master Instructor/Choreographer in Israel (invited by the late Baroness de Rothschild for the companies Bat-Dor and Batsheva), for London Contemporary at the Place, for Norsk Opera Ballett (Oslo), and Dramaten in Stockholm. In the USA she has been guest faculty for Skidmore College (via Melissa Hayden), American University, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, North Carolina School of the Arts (via Dick Kuch), and was also on faculty at Performing Arts High School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, and for Modern Dance Artists, Inc – all in NYC. Germaine’s classes are technical and guaranteed to get you “on your legs” as they concentrate on correct placement while emphasizing some complex rhythms, multiple dynamics, and layered combinations. Ms. Germaine likes quick work as well as the sustained phrase, so if you stick around, you will likely get to move fast and get airborne!

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DUNHAM TECHNIQUE / WEST AFRICAN DANCE

Katherine Mary Dunham (1909-2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator and activist who was trained as an anthropologist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century. During her heyday in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, she was renowned throughout Europe and Latin America. For more than 30 years she maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the only self-subsidized American black dance troupe at that time, and over her long career she choreographed more than 90 individual dances. Dunham was an innovator in modern dance as well as a leader in the field of Dance Anthropology. You can register for this workshop as part of the Modern Dance Saturday Series.

JAN BLUNT is a native Cincinnatian who relocated to Southern California in 1986. A founding member of Cincinnati’s African American Drum and Dance Ensemble, she has been a student of Dunham technique for 25 years. She specializes in West African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance.

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MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE on Saturdays

SHANI ZISOVITCH was born and trained as a dancer in Israel, and is a graduate of The Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem with a Bachelor of Dance and a teaching certificate. As a choreographer her works were shown on stages in Israel and she was awarded first place in competitions and festivals. As a dancer Shani performed in works of different choreographers in Israel and Europe. In the past 8 years Shani has taught modern dance and improvisation to students and adults, using a variety of techniques and extensive use of ‘release technique’ and floor work. In addition to dancing, Shani specializes in women’s exercise and is a certified trainer for pregnant women. She has recently performed in a work by choreographer Diane Germaine as part of the PTA series at CDT.

DEMETRIUS KLEIN teaches a modern dance technique class with a warm-up and center that is based in the tradition of Merce Cunningham, modern dance legend. The Cunningham technique emphasizes the spine, rhythm, quick changes of direction, and formal lines of the body. Choreographic phrases following the Cunningham-based exercises depart from the Cunningham technique and are more experimental and original. Demetrius Klein has—since forming the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in 1987—produced, been produced and presented a large assortment of movement pieces in many different venues. His work, described by the Village Voice as, “fully wrought and interpreted, beautifully phrased, precisely weighted and briliantly executed,” has appeared at the Merce Cunningham studio, Mulberry Street Theatre and Performance Space 122 in New York City as well as in the Region Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Mr. Klein has received three choreographic fellowships from the State of Florida, the Hector Ubertalli Award for Artistic Excellence from the Palm Beach County Council for the Arts, a 1995-1997 choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been named a 1998-1999 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Respect for Mr. Klein’s work in the dance world is shown through the choreographic commissions he has received from well-respected companies and presenters such as the Southern Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Ballet Florida, and Jacob’s Pillow. He has collaborated with Bessie award winning New York choreographer, Ralph Lemon to produce a duet which appeared in West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida. His duet, “The Garden/Alone,” appeared as part of the Jacob’s Pillow Men Dancers Project (The Ted Shawn Legacy) and also traveled to forty cities in the United States as well as Russia, Estonia, and the Netherlands. Demetrius Klein Dance Company has also appeared with Mikhail Baryshnikov and The White Oak Dance Project in an evening length dance concert entitled Ocean Dance 2000 in Hollywood, Florida. Demetrius is also well-known for his innovative teaching techniques which he employed at the Klein Dance Studio and Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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MUSICAL THEATER DANCE

This fun and stylized class features a wide variety of choreography set to songs from Broadway and movie musicals. It will expand on jazz and ballet basics with dances that have character and personality. For advanced beginners and intermediate dancers from any dance background.

STEVE IRWIN has been dancing and teaching professionally for over twenty years. He has performed all over the world on cruise ships, at dinner theaters, and at theme parks. Steve’s teaching credits include Northern Kentucky University, Governor’s School of the Arts, Playhouse in the Park, Wyoming Center for the Arts, and is currently on staff at Cincinnati Ballet and CCM. He is pleased to be teaching at CDT.

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SHAKE AND CREATE (Ages 3-4)

In this class your child will be introduced to creative movement and dance. Your child will have an opportunity to jump, shake, spin and wiggle, and all the while use their imagination!

ALLISON JACOBS has been dancing and teaching in greater Cincinnati and New York City for the past twenty years. Her dance training is primarily focused on Ballet and Modern. However, Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Allison has worked with Tanze Performing Arts Studio, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Miami Valley Ballet Theater, Long Island University, Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, and Fresh Air Fund. Most recently, Allison has taught dance for Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching dance Allison is currently a student at Northern Kentucky University working towards degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

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STRETCH AND STRENGTHEN (Ages 10-14)

This class is a must for all those interested in dance! In this course students will have an opportunity to focus exclusively on gaining strength and enhancing flexibility. No previous dance experience necessary.

ALLISON JACOBS has been dancing and teaching in greater Cincinnati and New York City for the past twenty years. Her dance training is primarily focused on Ballet and Modern. However, Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Allison has worked with Tanze Performing Arts Studio, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Miami Valley Ballet Theater, Long Island University, Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, and Fresh Air Fund. Most recently, Allison has taught dance for Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching dance Allison is currently a student at Northern Kentucky University working towards degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

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WIGGLE, GIGGLE, IMAGINE (Ages 4-5)

In this class your child will have an opportunity to explore their creativity and imagination. The building blocks of dance will be introduced through movement games and activities. We recommend that your child wear comfortable clothes, no jeans please.

ALLISON JACOBS has been dancing and teaching in greater Cincinnati and New York City for the past twenty years. Her dance training is primarily focused on Ballet and Modern. However, Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Allison has worked with Tanze Performing Arts Studio, Hamilton Ballet Theater, Miami Valley Ballet Theater, Long Island University, Contemporary Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, and Fresh Air Fund. Most recently, Allison has taught dance for Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati Waldorf School, and Cincinnati Public Schools. In addition to teaching dance Allison is currently a student at Northern Kentucky University working towards degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

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YOGA

Vinyasa yoga is a vigorous yoga practice appropriate for all levels of practitioners. The class will focus on connecting movement with breath, through such postures as sun salutations, standing poses, balances, backbends, twists, and inversions. This practice enhances the body’s flexibility and strength, while calming and focusing the mind through breathing and meditation techniques.

MEGAN SHEPHERD has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has completed a 300 hour yoga teacher training program with World Peace Yoga & Cincinnati State, and is a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. Through teaching yoga, she seeks to help students become more peaceful and centered, as well as physically invigorated, strong, and flexible. In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, Megan teaches English, writes, runs, hikes, and bikes.

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