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Fall 2013 Adult & Teen Classes

SCHEDULE VARIATIONS & CANCELATIONS

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Adult Class Schedule Sept. 4 – Dec. 21

Download a PDF of the schedule here Download the Registration Form Here

Time Class Instructor (Studio)
MONDAYS
6:15-7:35p MODERN Colleen Byrne (A)
6:15-7:30p VINYASA YOGA Megan Shepherd (B)
7:45-9:15p BALLET (Beginner/Intermediate) Emily Scott (A)
7:45-8:45p SALSA (Pre-registration required)
Session I: Beginner
Session II: Intermediate
Amos Brown (C)
TUESDAYS
2:00p BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Open Company Class with MamLuft&Co. Dance (Advanced/Professional) — Email dance@mamluftcodance.org MamLuft&Co. Dance (A)
6:15-7:45p MODERN Emily Scott (A)
7:00-8:30p CLASSIC ARAB DANCE (BELLY DANCE) Irene Mirci (B)
7:50-9:00p JAZZ DANCE Emily Tice (C)
7:50-9:00p BREAKDANCE (Pre-registration required)
Session I: Beginner/Intermediate
Session II: Intermediate/Advanced
Brent Fields (A)
WEDNESDAYS
6:15-7:15p HIP HOP Steve Irwin (C)
6:30/6:45p BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Open Company Class with MamLuft&Co. Dance (Advanced/Professional) — Email dance@mamluftcodance.org MamLuft&Co. Dance (A)
7:20-8:20p MUSICAL THEATER DANCE Steve Irwin (C)
THURSDAYS
6:15-7:45p MODERN Jacque Corcoran (A)
6:30/6:45p BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Open Company Class with MamLuft&Co. Dance (Advanced/Professional) — Email dance@mamluftcodance.org MamLuft&Co. Dance (A)
7:15-8:30p BALLET BASICS: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN (Pre-registration required)
(Sessions I & II)
Allison Jacobs (B & C)
SATURDAYS
9:15-10:15a ZUMBA Jeaunita Olowe (A)
10:30-12:00p MODERN David Choate (A)
12:00-1:30p DANCE COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATION Ginger Castle (A)
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013
10:30a-12:00p

A rare opportunity to take class from the renowned Doug Varone and Dancers

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2013 ONLY. $15 Early Registration Discount (by Wednesday, October 30). At the door drop-ins: $20 CC or $19 cash/check. Questions? Call 513-591-1222.

 

What age & general level are these adult & teen classes for?

You are at the Adult & Teens class page. All these “adult classes” are mixed level and for adults and teens 13+, except where noted.

Looking for Kids Dance classes? Click here.

How do you register?

Download a PDF of the schedule here Download the Registration Form Here

There are two kinds of adult/teen classes: “drop-in” and “pre-registration required.”
DROP-IN classes for Fall 2013: Modern, Ballet (Mondays), Classic Arab Dance/Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Musical Theater Dance, Jazz Dance, Vinyasa Yoga, Dance Composition & Improvisation, and Zumba.

You DO NOT need to register for these classes.

You may begin taking these “drop-in” classes at any time during a session and do not need to wait until a new quarter begins.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED classes for Fall 2013: Salsa, Breakdancing for Adults, Ballet Basics: Stretch & Strengthen, all Kids Dance classes (Introduction to Dance, Shake & Create, Kids Breakdancing).

These classes require you to pre-register. You may do so by downloading the registration form here and sending it or bringing it to the studio by the registration deadlines for each class. The studio is only open during regular class times listed above.

How much do the classes cost? When are registrations due?

Doug Varone and Dancers Masterclass on Saturday, November 2, 2013

$15 cash/check in advance  |  $20 at the door credit card  | $19 cash/check at the door
Pay Online Now Here

Adult Drop-In Classes (Ages 13 – Adult)

Modern • Ballet (Mondays) • Classic Arab Dance / Belly Dance • Hip Hop • Musical Theater Dance • Jazz • Yoga • Composition & Improv

$12 per class cash/check OR $13 per class credit card

FLEX CARDS
5 class card: $55 cash/check OR $58 credit card
10 class card: $100 cash/check OR $105 credit card
Expire 4 months from date of issue.
Non-refundable, non-transferrable.
Not valid for Masterclass with Doug Varone and Dancers.

Zumba (Ages 13 – Adult)

$10 per class cash/check OR $11 per class credit card
OR use your 5 or 10-class Flex Card to drop-in to Zumba

OR get a special Zumba 10-class Card $60 cash/check OR $63 credit card
Expire 4 months from date of issue.
Non-refundable, non-transferrable; valid for Zumba classes ONLY.

Pre-Registration-Required Classes

Session I: Sept. 9 – Oct. 26 • Session II: Oct. 28 – Dec. 21

Salsa (Session I: Beginner, Session II: Intermediate)
Breakdancing for
Adults (Session I: Beginner/Intermediate, Session II: Intermediate/Advanced)
Ballet Basics: Stretch & Strengthen (Sessions I & II)

$70 cash/check or $74 credit card PER SESSION

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
2 days before first class
IMPORTANT: If minimum registration is not met, class will be cancelled. Contact us immediately if you miss a deadline. Payment is due with registration. Credit cards accepted over the phone — please leave a message to be returned at (513) 591-1222. No refunds for missed classes.

Download the Registration Form Here

Need help?

Download a PDF of the schedule here Download the Registration Form Here

Contact dance@cdt-dance.org or (513) 591-1222 if you still have questions.
Please note the studio is not open during the daytime, so someone may not be able to return your call until the evenings when classes are in session.

What is each class about? Who is the teacher?

Classes are listed in alphabetical order by class title.

BALLET (MONDAYS) — 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.

BALLET BASICS: STRETCH & STRENGTHENHave 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. Pre-registration is required for this class.

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.

BREAKDANCE FOR ADULTSJoin us 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! Pre-registration is required for this 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.

CLASSIC ARAB DANCE (BELLY 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.”

COMPOSITION & IMPROVISATIONThis 3-week series will be a short introduction to the basic principles of dance composition and an exploration of dance improvisation. Dancers and movers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. The class is for beginner through intermediate levels. No previous performance or choreography experience is required. This class may be for you if you’ve always wondered how dances are put together, fumbled in class when the teacher said “Now Improv”, are looking for new inspiration and ideas, or are looking for a different kind of dance class. Drop-in students are welcome.

GINGER CASTLE grew up seeing intricate dances in her head, but had no way to get them out until she started studying dance as a young adult at a local studio in Seattle, WA. Her prolific dance visions compelled her to return to school where she earned a teaching certificate in Dance Education from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. While there she fell in love with improvisation under the tutelage of David Beadle and learned to make her own work. After college she continued to create and perform with Choreo Collective and Anima Dance in Durham, NC. Most recently she has shown original work in Cincinnati’s Performance and Time Arts series show.

HIP HOPBeginner and intermediate level Hip Hop with creative choreography set to the latest Hip Hop/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.

JAZZ DANCE This class is an upbeat introduction to jazz for all levels. Students will learn a combination of contemporary and classic jazz styles with basic movements and technique. These techniques will be used in choreographed combinations where dancers will have fun dancing their hearts out.

EMILY TICE — Emily was born and raised on the East Coast. Emily had the privilege to train in all styles of dance from accomplished teachers and choreographers in the New York City area. She trained on scholarship at Theatre Arts Dance America in Verona, NJ under Elaine Kudo, and Lynne Grossman. She also enjoyed teaching and choreographing for the studio’s upcoming prima ballerinas! Emily bases her jazz technique on the influence of Broadway veterans Lois England and Buddy Balou. Emily then moved to Cincinnati to train as a BFA student at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. While in Cincinnati, she performed with Dayton Ballet Company in Durmot Burke’s The Nutcracker and with Kentucky Ballet Theater in Norbe Risco’s Sleeping Beauty as well as having the opportunity to train under great teachers such as Michael Tevlin and Durmot Burke to name a few. Emily no longer dances with a professional intent but dances just for fun and has a new-found love for the art. She is very excited to share her passion with her students and return to teaching at CDT.

MODERN DANCE A true rarity in the city: not only do we offer modern dance classes for adults, but we offer it four days a week! 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: COLLEEN BYRNE — Colleen Byrne performed for four years with MamLuft&Co. Dance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University of Akron, where she was the recipient of multiple scholarship awards and studied Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and dance composition. Colleen has performed stagings of David Parsons’ and Petipa works, as well as works by Hernando Cortez of Verb Ballets and Amy Querin of Fresno Dance Collective. She has also studied with Doug Varone and Dancers. Colleen has taught in Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches children with Webby Dance Company. As a student, Colleen’s choreography has been adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival; as a professional, she has presented work at The Area Choreographers Festival (Cincinnati, OH), The Moving Collective (Louisville, KY), and Dance Cincinnati 2011.

Saturdays: DAVID CHOATE — David Anthony Choate Jr., a graduate of the Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts, has been an active member of the Cincinnati arts scene for several years. He attended the Union Institute & University studying Business Management. His résumé includes extensive performance and training experience as a dance artist (including DCDC2, Cincinnati Ballet, and national teaching and performing artist) as well as several arts administration positions. He has produced several original works for Cincinnati audiences including “The Love Experience”, the 3x sold-out world premiere kicking off 10 weeks to the 10th Anniversary of the Gala of International Dance Stars. He has worked as Community Development Coordinator for Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute and serves currently on the faculty of Contemporary Dance Theater. In addition to professional work, David has demonstrated an undisputable passion for the community. He currently volunteers at his Church, New Mission Missionary Baptist, coordinating multiple youth events (including an annual retreat) as well as directing the movement ministry. He is a sought after choreographer and instructor in the urban community working with individuals and groups from small hip hop troupes to the Gospel Music Workshop of America. He is also a licensed Minister and has been invited to speak at several community events, churches, and corporate banquets. Mr. Choate is an employee of the International Association of Stage Employees, a Steering Committee Member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance and Technical Director of SuperSTARmediaGroup.

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: 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 and Demetrius Klein.

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE Learn routines set to the fun and catchy tunes from Broadway, featuring a wide variety of choreography set to songs from Broadway and movie musicals. Steve’s classes 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.

SALSALearn 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.

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.”

VINYASA YOGAThis class 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.

ZUMBAFounded in 2001, Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba® exercise classes are “fitness-parties ” that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. It is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and International music and dance movements, which create a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system! This class format combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body in an aerobic/fitness fashion to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits. Zumba is appropriate for all levels of fitness, including beginners! Prepare to have fun, go with the flow, and enjoy the party!

JEAUNITA OLOWE loves teaching Zumba classes. The reason is simple: every class feels like a party! Come join her and you’ll see what she means: you don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow her lead. It’s easy! Come try it: she guarantees you will have a blast! Jeaunita is the Stage Manager for Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute.


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