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Adult & Teen Classes Fall 2017

CDT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR ADULTS & TEENS

Please like our CDT Facebook page for class updates and reminders.

Below is our regular class schedule for adults/teens.  We will post most schedule variations (especially last minute ones) and class registration reminders and updates on our CDT Facebook page.

We will be having drop-in classes between Fall & Winter Quarters, Nov 20-Dec 21!  Get a copy of the schedule HERE.

Classes are held at our studios at the College Hill Town Hall, at 1805 Larch Ave, Cincinnati, 45224

Adult Class Schedule Fall 2017
Sept 11 – Nov 18

10-week session

Download a PDF of the schedule here Download the registration form here

Time Class Instructor (Studio)
MONDAYS

7:00-8:00p

8:00-9:00p

HIP HOP 
Mixed Level (all levels)  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter

 Steve Irwin (A)

 

 Steve Irwin (A)

7:00-8:00p

LATIN DANCE BASICS (Salsa included) 
Beginner/Advanced Beginner  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter

 Amos Brown (C)
TUESDAYS
6:30-7:45p

MODERN DANCE
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate   Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter
Make-up class for Fall Quarter on Nov 28 (no class on Nov 21).  Additional drop-in class added for Dec 5 (no classes after Dec 5).

 Michelle Morano (A)
7:45-9:00p

MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION
Mixed level (all levels)  Cancelled for Fall Quarter

Judith Mikita & Bill Donnelly (A)

WEDNESDAYS
6:15-7:00p

TAP FOR BEGINNERS (ages 8 & up) – see Kids Dance page 
Beginners  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter

Alissa Stachowski (B)

7:15-8:30p MODERN DANCE BASICS 
Beginner & Advanced Beginner  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter
Alissa Stachowski (A)
     
THURSDAYS
     
7:15-8:30p

MODERN JAZZ FUSION
Mixed Level (all levels)  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter

Glenda Figueiredo (A)

7:30-8:45p BALLET BASICS 1 & 2: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN  
Beginner & Advanced Beginner  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter
Class cancelled Nov 2 (make-up class Nov 30).
Allison Jacobs (C)
7:30-8:45p

BELLY DANCE BASICS   
Beginner & Advanced Beginner  Drop-in students welcome for Fall Quarter

Irene Mirci (B)
SATURDAYS
 

 Check back for more special workshops or masterclasses on Saturdays.

 
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS 
10:30a-12:00p

Visiting Guest Artist Vincent E. Thomas from VTDance and choreographer for “What’s Going On”, from Washington, DC, will offer a open community master class on Saturday, November 4, 10:30am-12:00pm

Find out more about our guest artist master classes here!

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

You are at the Adult & Teens class page. All these “adult classes” list a recommended level for adults and teens 13+.

Looking for Kids Dance classes? Click here.

How do you register?

Download a PDF of the schedule here Download the registration form here

All of our adult/teen classes are now pre-registration required classes.  Drop-in students will only be allowed if a minimum number of pre-registrations are met.

REGISTRATION deadline is Thursday, Sept 7, but you can save $5 if you register by Monday, Aug 28.  On Sept 8th, we will decide which classes are running, and if running, you can still register for all 10 weeks with a $10 late fee.  OR if a class is running, students may purchase a Flex-5 card ($60 cash or check, $63 credit card) or pay per class at a drop-in rate of $14 cash/check, $15 credit card.  Students who have a Flex-10 card may use it until it expires, or convert the unused classes toward credit for registration payment – email alissa@cdt-dance if you would like to use it toward a course payment.  This webpage and CDT’s Facebook Page will be updated on Sept 9th with classes which are running for Fall quarter, and which will allow drop-in students.

You may register by downloading the registration form here and send it or bring it to the studio by the registration deadline with your payment. Or you can pay by credit card online (below) and then email, mail, or bring the registration form to the studio.  The studio is usually only open during class times Mon-Thurs eve, or by appointment.

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

Fall 2017 Class Pricing

One 10-week session
Sept 11 – Nov 18

$100 cash/check or $105 credit card per class

Registration deadline:  Thursday, Sept 7
For late registrations turned in after Sept 7  – add $10
SAVE $5 by registering by August 28:  $95 cash/check or $100 credit card.

If minimum registrations are met and class runs (determined on or before Sept 9), drop-ins will be allowed at:
$14 cash/check or $15 credit card or use a
5 class Flex Card: $60 cash/check OR $63 credit card
Flex Cards expire 3 months from date of issue,
non-refundable, non-transferable (only one person may use it)
Not valid for Guest Artist Masterclasses.  
Flex cards may be used for any adult/teen class which is running.

If you have a Flex-10 card from Summer 2017 which has NOT expired, you may also use that up until the expiration date also OR use the remaining classes on the card to pay for Fall class registration ($10/class remaining on the card).

IMPORTANT: If minimum registration is not met by deadline, class will be cancelled.
Contact us immediately if you miss a deadline as space may still be available – late fees will apply. Payment is due with registration.  Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable and may be used only for the quarter registered.

Payments with cash/check/credit card can be made at the studio during class times, Mon-Thurs evenings and credit cards can be accepted over the phone (513) 591-1222 — if not answered please leave a message to be returned.  No refunds for missed classes by students, but students may take up to 3 make-up classes by the same instructor or 1 class by another instructor with permission – these make-up classes must be taken within the quarter.  Make-up classes for CDT cancelled classes (due to weather, instructor illness, etc.) will begin the week of Nov 20.

Payment for the quarter may also be made with credit card and PayPal accounts here (below) for adult/teen classes.  After paying online, please email us at dance@cdt-dance.org with participant’s name if different from name on credit card.  New students must also turn in a registration form on or before the first class.

Prices below reflect price ($105) with the $10 late registration fee added.

Choose Adult/Teen Classes

  Download the registration form here

Can’t afford to take as many classes as you would like?  
Volunteer work exchange may be available. Click here for information.

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 by class title.


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.  This class is ideal for beginner ballet dancers as well as dancers who want a slower paced ballet class with more explanation on technique, and want to be able to ask questions, while getting a great stretching and strengthening workout.  

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 graduate of Kent State University with a Masters in Library Science, as well as Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s 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

BELLY DANCE BASICS – These classes will teach foundation steps common in many styles of Arab Dances all throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. The dance course is taught in Classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. Focus will be 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). Students will learn dance steps, examine Arab Folklore related to dance, and take a brief look at its origins and history.  A choreographed dance will be taught over the entire session.  Students should bring a scarf to tie around your hips to aid with body awareness.

IRENE MIRCI is originally from Rome, Italy, but spent her youth in Australia. Her travels around the world as a tour leader have taken her as far as India, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and all over Europe, but her real passion is for dance. In Italy, Irene was introduced to Belly Dance by American anthropologist Louise Melita, and she later continued her studies with two instructors from Egypt, Amal Khalifa and Saad Ismail, who passed on their deep knowledge of this ancient art in different ways. Amal Khalifa is a dancer and performer who interprets the Egyptian style with impeccable elegance, while Saad Ismail, highly esteemed with more than 40 years teaching experience, shares M. Reda’s style and a deep technical insight. Irene’s studies then continued with Maria Luisa Sales, who’s Belly Dance teaching techniques are strongly influenced by her background in Classic Indian Bharatanatyam and Classic Persian dance. Here in US Irene continued her studies with Niran al Ubaidi and Shakira al-Fanninah, and has attended workshops with Morocco, Karim Nagi,  Faten Munger, Hadia (Canada), just to name a few. Recently she has studied deeply embodied movement with Fanchon Shur. 

HIP HOPSteve’s Hip Hop classes are filled with creative choreography set to the latest Hip Hop/R&B music.  Recommended for all levels of dancers (mixed level).

STEVE IRWIN has been dancing and teaching professionally for over twenty-five 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, Cincinnati Ballet, Wyoming Center for the Arts, and CCM. Steve also offers private lessons and is available to choreograph for individuals, musicals, and events such as flash mobs and weddings.  See Steve’s Facebook page here.  He is pleased to be teaching at CDT.

LATIN DANCE BASICS (SALSA & MORE)!  This quarter we will offer a beginner class for those with little or no Latin Dance or Salsa dance experience.  Learn the basics to get you out on the dance floor!  No need to register with a partner, but it is recommended that students try to find a partner to take class and practice with.

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 creator 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. In 2015 Amos performed with Global Water Dances-Cincinnati.  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.”

MODERN DANCE (See also Modern Jazz Fusion & Modern Basics)—These classes aim to improve your flexibility, range of motion, technical knowledge, musicality, artistic range, and understanding of basic modern dance principles.  Michelle’s classes combine a variety of techniques, and Cunningham & Limon styles are often seen.  Included in her classes will be phrase work, across the floor, and creative choreography.  This class is recommended for advanced beginners and intermediate students, though beginners are also welcome.

MICHELLE MORANO graduated with honors from Ohio University School of Dance.  She is a certified Pilates and Yoga teacher and has her own studio in the Kenwood area where she works with private clients.  Along with extensive performance experience, Michelle’s choreography has been seen in Cincinnati’s Fringe Festival, in collaborations with Moving Art Dance Company, and MamLuft&Co. Dance.

MODERN BASICS – If you are new to Modern Dance, or would like to take a more basic class, this is for you.  This class will be designed for an absolute beginner through advanced beginner level.  Learn and practice basic modern dance movement and concepts over the session.  The goal of this class is to give you a good overview of Modern dance at a slower pace, so that you will feel comfortable taking CDT’s other Modern Dance classes in particular, or any other dance class.  This class will emphasize proper dance technique, and start the quarter at a slow, simple pace, increasing in difficultly throughout the 10-week quarter, ending with a class which is similar to mixed level modern dance classes.

ALISSA STACHOWSKI holds a BA degree in Dance from The University of Akron, with an emphasis on ballet and modern dance. Before college, she grew up taking classes in tap, jazz, and acrobatics/gymnastics. She has taught dance and fitness classes to kids and adults, as well as worked at after school programs for children and teens.  Alissa is currently the Studio Manager and Volunteers Coordinator at CDT and she currently takes all of the modern dance classes at CDT. For questions about Modern Basics or any of the modern classes, please email alissa@cdt-dance.org.

COLLEEN BYRNE (sub) 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.  Recently Colleen recently received her doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Cincinnati and currently works as a physical therapist full-time.

MODERN JAZZ FUSION — This class is designed as a unique mix of modern, ballet and jazz.  Center work, barre work, across the floor sequences, polyrhythmic movements and improvisation will be part of the class routine.  Modern Jazz is a class to explore basic techniques in a different perspective.  It brings the best of dancing in its eclectic character.  Recommended for all levels of dancers (mixed level).

GLENDA FIGUEIREDO began her training when she was three years old in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her dance background is Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Traditional Brazilian dances and Contemporary dance, the last being her true passion. She has been dancing and teaching professionally for over 12 years. She has performed throughout Brazil, as well as in Argentina and Chile with a dance company from Rio de Janeiro.  She has been part of countless dance events (television shows and dance competitions) in Brazil with brilliant outcomes. In the US, Glenda was a dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus for 5 years, where she also had her aerial training and performed over 400 shows a year. After spending  time on the road, she went back to Brazil and got a degree in Education (Portuguese and English), but she was never far from dance. Together with her love and dedication for performing she has also managed to keep up a passion for teaching. Her goal as an instructor is to give her best to the students and bring out the best of them. Always intense, during her classes she looks for extra sources of creativity and energy. She is a kind woman and passionate artist ready to dance and live life to the fullest.

 MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION — In this class, students will explore improvisation as a practice in discovering new movement patterns and as a means of non-verbal compromise between movers, time, space, and music. Dancers will be challenged to heighten their physical awareness, as well as their relationship to other moving bodies. Class will include improvisational techniques for performance, exploration, and creating choreography, with guided warm ups and culminating movement jams. All movers of all levels and experience are welcome!  This class will include both contact and non-contact improvisation.  

JUDITH MIKITA holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, and a BA in theater and dance from Indiana University. She currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati / College Conservatory of Music and has served on the facul­ties of the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Indiana University, Northern Kentucky University and Antioch College, as guest artists at Wright State University and Miami University, and art­ist -in-residence at the University of Utah. Judith’s choreography has been presented na­tionally and internationally, including the American Dance Festival, the New York International Independent Film Festival, Biagiotti Art Gallery in Florence, Italy, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Locally her work can be seen regularly in CDT’s Area Choreographers Festival and Performance & Time Arts Series.  As a dancer, she worked with Martha Clarke (Pilobolus), Gus Solomons, Jr. (Merce Cunningham), Lucas Hoving (Jose Limon), Marni Thomas (Martha Graham), and Loretta Livingston (Bella Lewitzsky).  She danced in New York, Chicago and nationally with the profession­al companies of Shirley Mordine, Jan Erkert, and Bob Eisen. 

BILL DONNELLY has taught improvisation classes at Contemporary Dance Theater over the years.  Bill regularly performs in CDT’s Performance and Time Arts shows, as well as his own shows at the College Hill Town Hall.  During the day Bill works as a carpenter.

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. This class is recommended for advanced beginners and intermediate dancers from any dance background, but beginners are welcome also.

STEVE IRWIN has been dancing and teaching professionally for over twenty-five 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,  and is currently on staff at Cincinnati Ballet, Wyoming Center for the Arts, and CCM. Steve also offers private lessons and is available to choreograph for individuals, musicals, and events such as flash mobs and weddings. See Steve’s Facebook page here. He is pleased to be teaching at CDT.

LATIN DANCE BASICS (SALSA & MORE)!  This quarter we will offer a beginner class for those with little or no Latin Dance or Salsa dance experience.  Learn the basics to get you out on the dance floor!  No need to register with a partner, but it is recommended that students try to find a partner to take class and practice with.

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 creator 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. In 2015 Amos performed with Global Water Dances-Cincinnati.  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.”


Contemporary Dance Theater is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Can’t afford to take as many classes as you would like?  Volunteer work exchange may be available. See here for information.

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