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Spring 2013 Adult Class Descriptions & Faculty Biographies

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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 a dancer in the modern dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance; prior to coming to the company, she performed with the Louisville Ballet Company.

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BALLET BASICS: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN — Have you always wanted to learn Ballet? Well this is the class for you. In this class you will be introduced to the basics of Ballet including barre work, jumps, turns, leaps, and small combinations. Special emphasis will be placed on strengthening the muscles used in ballet & increasing overall flexibility! Basic Ballet vocabulary will also be taught.

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, Cincinnati Public Schools, MamLuft&Co. Dance, as well as for the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Public Libraries. As a lover of all dance and all art forms, Allison is also a proud member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance, a group who engages the community in dance. In addition to teaching dance, Allison is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Psychology and a minors in dance, honors, sociology, and art history. For more information, please feel free to email her at allison@cdt-dance.org.

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BREAKDANCE for Adults — Join us this winter to learn the basics of Breaking/B-Boying/B-Girling. Brent Fields will lead these classes in exploring freestyling, starting with the fundamentals and progressing through toprocks, drops, footwork, power moves, and freezes. Students will also explore how to dance with individual character and creativity. An active, creative class!

BRENT FIELDS holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer. He has worked with Jaron Joiner, danced in an opening performance for Lupe Fiasco, City Nights (Northern Kentucky), Fountain Square Slam Concert Series (Cincinnati), community events as a Breaker/B-Boy/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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CLASSIC ARAB DANCE — These classes teach the foundation steps common in many styles of Arab Dances all throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. The Dance course is taught by Irene Mirci in Classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. Classes will focus on the basic movements of the hips and chest, including; conscious application and practice of geometrical shapes particular to this ancient art (circles, spirals, figure eights). Pulsating rhythmic movements (locks) and vibrating rhythmic movements (shimmies). We will learn dance steps, examine Arab Folklore related to dance, and take a brief look at its origins and history. Each class concludes with guided improvisation, which invites your inner dancer to come out and play!  This class is appropriate for all ages. Bring a scarf to tie around your hips to aid with body awareness.

IRENE MIRCI was born in Italy and grew up in Australia. Throughout her youth she traveled around Europe, as far as Pakistan, India, Tunisia, Syria, and Yemen. During this time she had a great interest for their more sophisticated form of dance and some years later started seriously studying Raqs Sharki (Dance from the East) and Arabic Folklore. She enrolled in some of the best schools in Italy and attended regular classes with dedication for over six years learning the subtle art of Arab dance from some of the best teachers and dancers in Italy. Irene studied classic Arab dance and Folklore with dedication and followed the teachings of Egyptian dancer Amal Khalifa and the Egyptian dance instructor Saad Ismail of the M. Reda Dance Troupe. She studied and performed with American dancer and anthropologist, Mylitta. With Italian dancer and C.U.S. instructor Maria Luisa Sales, she studied a more contemporary style combining Dance Oriental with elements of Bharatnatyam, Creative Movement, and Flamenco. Irene was the acclaimed and talented primary dancer at the “Cleopatra” Club-Restaurant in Rome, Italy in 2004/2005, and she participated in various shows and live performances during cultural events, weddings, and parties around the world. She began teaching Arab Dance and Choreography classes in 2001. In October 2006, Irene relocated to the United States and is now residing here in Cincinnati. She says, “I have a particular interest in languages and folklore and have always been irresistibly curious about other cultures. When I meet a language barrier, I find it is much easier to relate to people while dancing to their folk music. A step and a smile will bring you closer than a thousand words.”

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HIP HOP — 

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

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MODERN DANCE — Mixed-level and mixed-origin Modern Dance classes 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.

Mondays: DAVID CHOATE — bio coming soon!

Tuesdays: 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 a dancer in the modern dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance; prior to coming to the company, she performed with the Louisville Ballet Company.

Thursdays: 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, 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 “Small Craft Warning” by choreographer Diane Germaine.

Saturdays starting March 30: 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 WITH MAMLUFT&CO. DANCE (OPEN COMPANY CLASS) (Advanced) — MamLuft&Co. Dance opens its doors to its company class, where advanced students can take class with ML&Co.’s company of dancers. The classes will be taught by Jeanne Mam-Luft (Director), Susan Honer (Assistant Choreographer and Pilates Trainer), and Ashley Powell (Assistant Choreographer). Other company members may also step in to teach. The class will use a range of class formats to explore dynamic alignment, athleticism in dance, organic movement, abdominal support, release and somatic techniques, and pluralistic aesthetics. Visit mamluftcodance.org for more information on the Company.

JEANNE MAM-LUFT is a choreographer, designer, and photographer, who also dabbles in lighting, video, and sound. Jeanne is also the Assistant Director of Contemporary Dance Theater, serves on the OhioDance Board of Trustees, and is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. She has recently taught at Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (Lexington, KY), Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX), University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), Northern Kentucky University (Newport, KY), Wright State University (Dayton, OH), Brookhaven College (Dallas, TX), and Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, TX). She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also a student of scenic design and dance at their renowned School of Drama, while also studying photography and video at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. As a student, she received full scholarships to both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival.

SUSAN HONER hails from Southwest Virginia, and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio where she teaches Pilates and dance in the community. Susan received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English from Hollins University. Susan’s work has been seen in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New York, and Austria. In 2009, Susan was commissioned to create an original work for Merge Record’s 20th Anniversary Dance Concert, Merge with Motion. She is also the co-founder of Distance Dances, a blog and video-based dance collaboration with fellow dance artist Gina T’ai. Ms. Honer has been creating Fringe Festival material for ML&Co. since 2011 and made her ML&Co. mainstage debut as a choreographer in Pieces (2012).

ASHLEY POWELL hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana and is now a Dayton, Ohio resident. Ms. Powell is a graduate of Wittenberg University where she studied both Dance and Political Science. She has trained with David Dorfman, Lisa Race, and Jennifer Nugent at the American Dance Festival, as well as the Susan Marshall Company and Tricia Gelmini; she is also a former member of Rhythm in Shoes. Ms. Powell is in her sixth season with MamLuft&Co. Dance as an original company member. Outside of the company, Ms. Powell has also choreographed for her alma mater and the adjudicated Choreographers Without Companies, presented by Contemporary Dance Theater.

ELENA RODRIGUEZ is in her third season with MamLuft&Co. Dance. Born in Queens, New York, Elena began her dance training at local dance studios, as well as Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Dance New Amsterdam. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Cum Laude with a concentration in Choreography from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. While at Goucher, Elena has performed and studied under such artists as Gabriel Masson, Alan Hineline, Roger Jeffrey, William Briscoe, Heather McArdle, Anne Hutchinson Guest, Mino Nicholas, and Janice Garret. After graduating, she moved to Dayton, Ohio and danced for SMAG Dance Collective under the direction of Michael Groomes. She later danced for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. While dancing in Dayton, she was able to work with many choreographers, including Richard F. M. Mosely, Amy Jones, Marlayna Locklear, Chrystal Michelle, and William McClellan.

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 a dancer in the modern dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance; prior to coming to the company, she performed with the Louisville Ballet Company.

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SALSA FOR BEGINNERS — In this nine week Winter course you will learn all the Salsa basics you need to get out on the dance floor. Amos teaches a combination of LA, New York, and Casino/Miami styles of Salsa. Basic steps of left and right turns, rocks, side break, cross body leads, cross over cumbia, and spot turns will be the focus of this class. Register with or without a partner.  Pre-registration is required for this class. Register with or without a partner.

AMOS BROWN began his dance training with parents Amos Sr. and Alpha Omega Brown. He won his first dance contest with his baby sister Felicia under their parents tutelage. His dance interests include modern, jazz, hip hop, Latin, African, and occasionally some classical dance genres, working with Shekinah Glory Dancers, opening up for gospel recording artist Darwin Hopps, and learning Ballroom from former Champion Susie Lasko, winning first prizes in Cha, Cha, Cha, and Swing competitions. He has also worked as an Actor/Cotton Club Swing Dancer in the play, This Joint is Jumping produced by Norbert Brown, the creature of A Good Man is Hard to Find. Amos’ theater interests drew him to audition with Ballet Tech Cincinnati where he performed in Shall We Dance, The Conductors, Green Legs and Ham, Made in America, and Jazzy Sleeping Beauty. In 2009, Amos won the Salsa category in the So You Think You Can Dance Competition in Dayton, Ohio. He then learned Rueda and joined and performed with Cincinnati’s first Rueda dance team Pan n Canela. Amos is currently teaching LA, NY, and Casio/Miami style salsa. From Amos, “I would like to personally thank all of the individual’s master instructors across the country, who helped me in my personal development in the art of salsa dancing and teaching. Thank you, Eddie Torres, Shaka Gonzalez Brown, Rogelio Moreno, Henry Herrera, Patricia Paz “Rueda.”

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BEGINNING YOGA — Beginning Yoga provides an introduction to a variety of yoga poses individually tailored toward students of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels. In depth instruction on basic poses and sequences, as well as an introduction to breathwork and meditation, will be provided. Mats and props will be provided to help you safely practice yoga and reap the benefits of a regular yoga practice, which include stress reduction, flexibility, strength, and an overall feeling of well being.

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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