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Adult & Teen Classes Summer 2016

CDT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR ADULTS & TEENS

Please check our CDT Facebook page for class updates and reminders, “Contemporary Dance Theater” – www.facebook.com/contemporarydancetheater

Check out our FALL 2016 Adult/Teen class schedule here!  Click here to see our classes for Fall beginning Sept 6!

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.

NEW CLASS and INSTRUCTOR UPDATES added 8/31/16.  See below!

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

Adult Class Schedule Summer 2016
June 6 – Sept 3

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

Time Class Instructor (Studio)
MONDAYS
6:15-7:30p

MODERN

Amanda Lopez-Kurtz (A)
Colleen Byrne, Glenda Figueiredo

7:35-8:50p

BALLET Advanced Beginners & Intermediate Level

Steve Irwin (A)

7:05-8:15p

SALSA BASICS 1 & 2, LATIN DANCE SAMPLER (Pre-registration required) 
Beginner/Advanced Beginner

Amos Brown (C)
TUESDAYS
6:15-7:40p

YOGA/PILATES/FLOOR BARRE FUSION 

Michelle Morano (A)

6:15-7:15p HIP HOP – August 9, 16, 23, 30 only for Tuesdays Steve Irwin (A)
7:20-8:20p MUSICAL THEATER DANCEAugust 9, 16, 23, 30 only for Tuesdays
Steve Irwin (A)
7:45-9:00p

MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION – Amelia Koper Heintzelman is back on August 23!

Amelia Koper Heintzelman
(thru June 28, returning Aug 23)
Judith Mikita (July 5-Aug 9) (A)

WEDNESDAYS
6:15-7:15p MODERN – Amelia Koper Heintzelman is back on Aug 24 to teach!

Amelia Koper Heintzelman (A)
-Returning Aug 24

6:15-7:15p HIP HOP – as of 8/5, this class will move to Tuesdays 6:15pm for the remainder of August Steve Irwin (C)
7:20-8:20p MUSICAL THEATER DANCE – as of 8/5, this class will move to Tuesdays 7:20pm for the remainder of August Steve Irwin (C)
7:30-9:00p BALLET BASICS 1: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – Beginner level 1
(Pre-registration required)

Allison Jacobs (A)

 

THURSDAYS
6:15-7:30p

JAZZ FUNK

Glenda Figueiredo (A)
7:15-8:45p BALLET BASICS 2: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – Beginner level 2
(Pre-registration required)  
Allison Jacobs (C)

 

7:15-8:45p

EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE: TECHNIQUE & CHOREOGRAPHY Beginner/Intermediate
(Pre-registration required, Session 1 only)

Irene Mirci (B)
SATURDAYS
10:30a-11:45a

MODERN JAZZ FUSION  Cancelled on Aug 20, 27, Sept 3 (instead take class on Mondays 6:15 on Aug 15, 22 & 29)

Glenda Figueiredo (A)
12:00-1:00pm

MODERN AFRO-CARIBBEANJune only (no classes July & Aug)

Flora Leptak-Moreau (A)
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS 
 

Dunham Modern Technique & African Dance, July 13-23, with special visiting guest artist Jan Blunt, Certified Dunham Instructor.

Pricing will be the same as drop-in classes!  $12 cash/check, $13 credit card, or use your Flex Card

Dunham Technique – 6:15-7:45pm (90 minute classes).  
These are adult/teen (ages 13 and up) technique classes.

  • Wednesday, July 13
  • Thursday, July 14
  • Monday, July 18
  • Tuesday, July 19

African Dance, w/ live drumming on the follow dates and times.  These classes are for adults and teens, and children ages 12 and under, may take these classes if accompanied by an adult who is also taking the class with them.

  • Thursday, July 21, 6:15pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 10:30am

Get a flier of Jan’s classes here!

 

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 Summer 2016: Modern, Modern Afro-Caribbean, Modern Jazz Fusion, Hip Hop,  Musical Theater Dance, Ballet (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate), Movement Improvisation, Yoga/Pilates/Floor Barre & Jazz Funk.
         
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 Summer 2016: Salsa Basics 1 & 2 and Latin Dance Sampler, Breakdancing for Adults, Ballet Basics: Stretch & Strengthen, Egyptian Belly Dance and all Kids Dance classes (Introduction to Dance, Shake & Create, Hip Hop for Kids, Zumba® Kids, Jr., Kids Breakdancing, Modern for Kids, Yoga for Kids, Tap for Beginners).

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?

Adult Drop-In Classes (Ages 13 – Adult)

Modern • Hip Hop • Musical Theater Dance  • Modern Jazz Fusion • Jazz Funk • Yoga/Pilates/Floor Barre
 Modern Afro-Caribbean • Ballet
(Advanced Beginner/Intermediate) • Movement Improvisation

$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 Guest Artist Masterclasses

Pre-Registration-Required Classes

Three 4-week session, June 6 – Sept 3

$40 cash/check or $42 credit card for each 4-week session

Salsa Basics 1 – Session 1 only
Salsa Basics 2 – Session 2 only – NEW 3 week session, July 18, 25 & Aug 1 – $30 cash/credit, $32 credit
Latin Dance Sampler – 
Session 3 only
Breakdancing for Adults/Teens:  Beginner/Intermediate – Session 1 only
Ballet Basics 1: Stretch & Strengthen – Wednesdays:  Beginner level 1 – Sessions 1, 2, 3
Ballet Basics 2: Stretch & Strengthen – Thursdays:  Beginner level 2, Advanced Beginner – Sessions 1, 2, 3
Egyptian Belly Dance: Technique & Choreography: Beginner/Intermediate – Session 1 only, see registration sheet

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
2 days before first class
Please register at least one week before the first class!
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. 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.
Make-up classes for CDT cancelled classes (due to weather, instructor illness, etc.) – July 5-9 & Sept 5-10

Download the Registration Form Here

OR see below for more help

Can’t afford to take as many classes as you would like?  
Volunteer work exchange may be available. See 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 in alphabetical order by class title.

BALLET: ADVANCED BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL – This class is for dance students who are already familiar with the basics of ballet class, including barre work and center combinations.   Classes will be designed and paced for students who have at least some familiarity with ballet class, and will be focused on advanced beginner and intermediate level technique.

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.

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.  Wednesday’s level 1 class is slower paced and ideal for people with little or no dance experience, and Thursday’s level 2 will go a-little faster and is for those who have some dance experience and want to learn ballet at a slightly faster pace.  Both classes, though, are ideal for beginner ballet dancers who want a slower paced ballet class and want to ask questions and learn about ballet while getting a great stretching and strengthening workout.  Please note:  Alissa Stachowski will be teaching on June 8, Glenda Figueiredo will teach on June 15, and Steve Irwin will teach on June 9 & 16.

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 ADULTS (and mature teens, age 13 & up) OFFERED SUMMER SESSION 1 ONLY! — Join 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 also teaches private breakdance lessons.

BRENT FIELDS holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer. He has worked with Jaron Joiner, and danced in an opening performance for Lupe Fiasco, Juvenile, and other artists, City Nights (Northern Kentucky), Fountain Square Slam Concert Series (Cincinnati), and community events as a Breaker/B-Boy/Hip-Hop dancer.  He has professional audition experience (Cirque Du Soleil and Paula Abdul’s Dance Show). 

DUNHAM MODERN  No weekly classes this summer, but visiting guest instructor Jan Blunt will hold classes on July 13, 14, 18 & 19 at 6:15-7:45pm!  Get a flier of Jan’s July classes here.  Learn the Afro-Carribean based Modern dance technique created by Katherine Dunham.  The class includes barre, center, across the floor, and choreography in the Dunham style.  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.  Learn more about the significant contributions of Katherine Dunham here.

JAN BLUNT is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she began her dancing and teaching career, and was a founding member of Cincinnati’s African American Drum and Dance Ensemble, as well as the Espere Liturgical Dance Ensemble.  She earned her undergraduate degree at Hampton University, where she majored in Mass Communications and Broadcasting, and danced with the school’s dance company, the Terpsichoreans.  She relocated to Southern California in 1986 and became a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She is a fifth grade teacher and Arts Coordinator at Loyola Village Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School.  She has been a student of Dunham technique for 25 years, and is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor.  In Los Angeles, Jan has danced with Djimbe West African Drummer and Dancers, Embrasamba Afro-Brazilian Dance Company, and Grupo Afro Bahia Brazilian Dance Ensemble, Sona Sane’ African Dance Ensemble and was artistic director of Abalaye African Dance Ensemble.  She has taught Dunham Technique classes and workshops at Lula Washington Dance Theater, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Cortinez High School for the Arts, Ciara Dance, Contemporary Dance Theater (Cincinnati), and teaches Jazz Dance for the Los Angeles School District Conservatory of Fine Arts for students gifted in the arts.  She earned her Master’s degree in Educational Administration at California State University, Northridge.  Close proximity to Hollywood has afforded many opportunities, and she has television, movie and music video credits, but she is far more focused on the education of young people, in academics as well as the arts.

JEANNE SPEIER (weekly instructor, returning Fall 2016) was a student of Miss Katherine Dunham in East St. Louis at her performing arts training center and she performed with her student company throughout the Midwest. She was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall with three generations of Dunham companies when Miss Dunham received the Albert Schweitzer humanitarian award in 1979. Jeanne is a certified Dunham teacher and member of the Dunham certification board. She has also taught this technique at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, The New School and at the Katherine Dunham Seminars in East St. Louis.

EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE: TECHNIQUE & CHOREOGRAPHY – These classes will teach the foundational 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. Pre-registration is required for this class.  Offered Summer Session 1 – see registration sheet for dates.

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. Presently she is studies deeply embodied movement with Fanchon Shur. Irene teaches classes at the Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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-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.

JAZZ FUNK Jazz Funk, also called Street Jazz, is highly influenced by hip hop dance but borrows movements from other dance styles. From ballet to modern to hip hop to lyrical, Jazz Funk incorporates all styles into a powerful way of self-expression, in a very funky style.  Since Jazz Funk is a mix of styles, all are welcome but be ready for some challenging combinations.  And most importantly, Jazz Funk is a lot of fun!

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.

MODERN AFRO-CARIBBEAN  Develop a different way of moving through the Caribbean eyes and experience of Flora Leptak-Moreau, a Dominica island native. Capture the spirit of the islands while learning the technique of Afro-Caribbean dance intertwined with Modern dance in a unique style.

FLORA LEPTAK-MOREAU is artistic director of Kai Kweol Caribbean Music and Dance and owner of Ballet Caraïbes (pronounced Ca-rah-ib).  Flora is a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica; SUNY, Brockport and University of Toledo with degrees in Dance, Education and Technology. In her native island of Dominica (in the Caribbean), she was a principal dancer with Waitukubili, the National Dance Theatre of Dominica, and the founder and director of the Dominica Children’s School of Dance in 1985.  She has also performed and choreographed many shows in Cincinnati, including at CDT.

MODERN DANCE (See also Modern Jazz Fusion and Dunham Modern)— A true rarity in the city: modern dance classes for adults and teens, several times 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:  AMANDA LOPEZ-KURTZ holds a BFA in Dance and an MA in Art History from Ohio University.  Recently, she has performed in Seattle, Washington with choreographers Noelle Chun, Alyza DelPan-Monley, and Pe|Mo physical theater group, and CDT’s Performance & Time Arts and Area Choreographers Festival shows.

Wednesdays:  AMELIA KOPER HEINTZELMAN attended Indiana University Bloomington, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Contemporary Dance. She currently resides in Cincinnati where she teaches both dance and Pilates across the city. Her work has been shown here in Cincinnati at the PTA Performance series and additionally at the Asheville Fringe Festival, The Alley Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and at the ETC Performance series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She has danced with MamLuft&Co. Dance, Selene Carter Dance, and The Middle Space Dance Company . “I dance because the form facilitates an out of body freedom; this is the impulse I act on and my souvenir of the beauty of living.”

Amelia’s modern class is a mix of post-modern dance technique and creative practice. Dancers will be challenged to explore new ranges and ways of approaching movement. Class starts with a guided improvisational warm up and quickly moves into more physically dynamic technique. Dancers will learn a diverse array of phrase work that emphasizes a relationship with the music, groundedness and weight distribution, fluidity in transition, and overall use of energy. Class will build and end with a culminating phrase for dancers to investigate performance quality and their own creative expression within set choreographic guidelines. 

Mondays (August) & Sub:  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.  She is currently finishing her studies to be a physical therapist.

KODEE VAN NORT (Modern Sub) holds a Bachelor of Theatre & Dance, University of Wyoming and a Master of Fine Arts, Sam Houston State University.  She has extensive background in Ballet and Modern, but has also studied Jazz and Tap throughout her career. She has been a member of the Wyoming Touring Company, Austin Dance Company, Spectrum Dance Company, and Cindy Carpenter Dance Company as well as the Ad Hoc improvisational company in Manchester, England. Kodee has enjoyed sharing her pedagogy knowledge of dance by serving on faculty with the University of Wyoming, Sam Houston State University, Western Nebraska Community College, and Western Oregon University.  Locally, Kodee has taught young adults at Academy of Dance Arts, Middletown, Anneliese Von Oettingen School of Ballet in Cheviot, Cincinnati Ballet, and Contemporary Dance Theater.  

MODERN JAZZ FUSION — This class is designed for dance students who are familiar with ballet and jazz.  Barre work, center, 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.

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 are welcome!  This class will include both contact and non-contact improvisation.

AMELIA KOPER HEINTZELMAN attended Indiana University Bloomington, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Contemporary Dance. She currently resides in Cincinnati where she teaches both dance and Pilates across the city. Her work has been shown here in Cincinnati at the PTA Performance series and additionally at the Asheville Fringe Festival, The Alley Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and at the ETC Performance series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She has danced with MamLuft&Co. Dance, Selene Carter Dance, and The Middle Space Dance Company . “I dance because the form facilitates an out of body freedom; this is the impulse I act on and my souvenir of the beauty of living.”

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.  

KARI OLSON (Substitute teacher) is an engineer and modern dancer. She trained at Case Western Reserve University and continued her studies at Contemporary Dance Theater, Tanze, De La Arts Center, and with Mam-Luft&Co Dance. Kari has choreographed for CDT’s Performance and Time Arts series and her PTA performing credits include works by Rachel James, Todd Juengling, and Shirley Maul and works created in collaboration with F. Keith Wahle and Kinesphere.

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 for advanced beginners and intermediate dancers from any dance background.

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.

SALSA BASICS 1 (Session 1), SALSA BASICS 2 (Session 2), LATIN DANCE SAMPLER (Session 3) for Beginners & Advanced Beginners — This quarter we will offer: Salsa Basics 1 for those with little or no Salsa dance experience; Salsa Basics 2, which will continue with what was learned in Salsa Basics 2, and is for those with a basic knowledge or experience with Salsa but would like to learn a-little more.  Then for Sessino 3 we will offer a Latin Dance Sampler class those who would like to get an overview of a variety of Latin Dance styles such as Rumba, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, and Cumbia.  No need to register with a partner, but it is recommended that students try to find a partner to take class and practice with. 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. 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.”

YOGA/PILATES/FLOOR BARRE FUSION  A flowing fusion of Yoga, Pilates, dance and other movement techniques, this class is ideal for both dancers and non-dancers in increasing strength and flexibility.   While this class helps to create a dancers body, additional benefits include improved bone density, joint health, better alignment and body integration which involves coordination, balance, and heightened  somatic awareness.  If you have your own yoga mats bring one or two, but if not, CDT has some mats you may use.

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.


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