Adult & Teen Classes Summer 2018


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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.

Find the Fall Schedule HERE!  Fall session will be 10 weeks, Sept 10 – Nov 15, registration deadline: Sept 6.  Get a discount by registering by Aug 16.

Try-it-out at a Discount drop-in classes will be held Aug 27, Sept 1, Sept 2-4Click here for a flier with a complete schedule.

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

Adult Class Schedule Summer 2018
June 4 – Aug 30

We are in Summer Session 3 now through Aug 30!  See below classes which are running and allow drop-in students.

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

Time Class Instructor (Studio)




TAP DANCE BASICS 1 & 2, for Musical Theater (7-8pm)  This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Beginner/Advanced Beginner

HIP HOP  (7-8pm) – This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Mixed Level (all levels)

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE  (8-9pm) – This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Janna Gerke (B)


Steve Irwin (A or C)


Steve Irwin (A or C)


LATIN DANCE BASICS   (7-8pm)  Session 1 ONLY! 
Beginner/Advanced Beginner

Amos Brown (C)



MODERN BASICS: Floor & Inversion Emphasis – Session 1 ONLY 
Mixed Level

DUNHAM MODERN with Visiting Guest Instructors Jeanne Speier and Jahanna Blunt – July 10 & 17 ONLY
Mixed Level 

MODERN DANCE  – Session 3 ONLY  – This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Advanced Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

Alissa Stachowski (A)

Jeanne Speier & Jahanna Blunt (A)

Michelle Morano (A)

 7:45-9:00p MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION – NEW! – This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Mixed Level 
 Donna Rubin (A)

MODERN DANCE BASICS 2 – This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Advanced Beginner

Alissa Stachowski (A)

 7:45-9:00 DUNHAM MODERN with Visiting Guest Instructors, Jeanne Speier and Jahanna Blunt – July 11 & 18 ONLY
Mixed Level 
Jeanne Speier & Jahanna Blunt  (A)
6:15-7:30p MODERN BASICS 1 This class is running for Session 3!  Drop-in students  are welcome.
Alissa Stachowski (A)
7:45-9:00p DUNHAM MODERN with Visiting Guest Instructors, Jeanne Speier and Jahanna Blunt – July 12 & 19 ONLY
Mixed Level 

Jeanne Speier & Jahanna Blunt (A)

6:45-8:00p – new time BALLET BASICS 1 & 2: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – this class is running at a NEW time, 6:45-8:00pm.  Drop-in students allowed.  No class on August 23! Allison Jacobs (C)


Beginners/New Tap Dancers

Alissa Stachowski (B)

Area Choreographer’s Festival Master Class with Theresa Bautista of Moving Collective, Louisville, KY
Saturday, June 9, 10:30am-12:00pm
Intermediate/Advanced Level; Advanced Beginners also welcome
Find out more and register HERE on the Masterclass page.

July 10, 11, 12
& 17, 18, 19

Dunham Modern Masterclass Series – 6 Classes with Certified Dunham Instructor Jeanne Speier, July 10-12 & Visiting Guest Instructor Jahanna Blunt.
Tuesdays, July 10 & 17, 6:15-7:30pm; Wednesdays, July 11 & 18, 7:45-9:00pm; Thursdays, July 12 & 18, 7:45-9:00pm

Register for all 6 by Thursday, July 5, and get a discount – only $54 cash/check or $56 credit card.   July 6-10, $60 cash/check, $63 credit card for all 6 classes.
OR drop-in at $14 cash/check or $15 credit card OR use a Flex-5 card ($60/$63).
Mixed Level.  This class will be progressive; new students are recommend to take the series or at least drop-in the first week.

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.
We will have “try-it-out” at a discount classes on May 29-31.  Students may pay for one class, at a discounted drop-in rate of $10,  to try out the class before registering for Summer quarter.  Get a flier of classes available and dates/times, HERE (coming soon!)  

REGISTRATION deadlines are the Thursday before each session begins, but please register early.  The day after each session registration deadline, we will decide which classes are running, and if running, you can still register for all 4 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.  This webpage and CDT’s Facebook Page will be updated the day after each deadline with classes which are running for each Summer Quarter Session, 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?

Summer 2018 Class Pricing

Three 4-week sessions
June 4 – Aug 30
Session 1:  June 4 – 28
Sesssion 2: July 9 – Aug 2
Session 3: Aug 6 – 30
Plus make-up and select drop-in classes July 2, 3 & 5

Special Summer Discount Price~$36cash/check or $38 credit card per class, per session

Registration deadline:  The Thursday before a Session begins
Session 1:  May 31
Session 2:  July 5
Session 3:  Aug 2 
For late registrations turned in after deadlines – add $10

Dunham Modern 6 class series, July 10-12 & 17-19.  $54 cash/check or $56 credit card by July 5.  $60 cash/check or $63 credit card July 6-10.  Get a flier here.

If minimum registrations are met and class runs (determined on or before the deadlines), 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 on Saturdays.
Flex cards may be used for any adult/teen class which is running.

IMPORTANT: If minimum registration is not met by deadline, class will be cancelled.  Refunds will be given if a class is cancelled, or students may transfer the payment to another class, the following quarter or to Flex-cards.
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 in Summer Sessions may take up to 1 make-up class by the same instructor or 1 class by another instructor with permission – these make-up classes must be taken within the session.  Make-up classes for CDT cancelled classes in which no sub is available (cancelled due to instructor illness, vacation, etc.) will take place the week of July 2-5 for Session 1, Aug 6-9 for Session 2, and Sept 4-11 for Session 3.

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, 1 & 2Have 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.  Recommended to wear:  dance clothes (such as tights & leotard) or exercise/yoga clothes (there is no specific dress code).  If you plan to take ballet for a-while, please purchase ballet slippers for this class.  Otherwise, you can take this class in other soft dance shoes (such as jazz shoes) and possibly socks or bare feet.

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

DUNHAM MODERN TECHNIQUE SUMMER MASTERCLASS SERIES: AFRO-CARIBBEAN BASED MODERN  – Learn the Afro-Caribbean based Modern dance technique created by Katherine Dunham.  The class includes barre, center, across the floor, and choreography in the Dunham style.  The six-class series will be somewhat progressive, so dancers unfamiliar with this style are advised to sign-up for the entire series (discounted!), come the first class on July 10, and/or try to make it on the first week.  Drop-in students, however, are allowed anytime during the 6 classes, so please attend as your schedule allows!

Katherine Dunham was called the “Matriarch of Black Dance”.  She described her technique as a way of life.  Katherine Dunham – anthropologist, dancer, choreographer, activist, and humanist – revolutionized American dance in the 1930’s. Her legendary dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures. She founded the Katherine Dunham Dance group devoted to African-American and Afro-Caribbean dance.   Instructor Jeanne Speier, an award winning student of Katherine Dunham, will be teaching an introduction to this empowering and beautiful dance technique on week 1, the focus of which goes beyond the dance, encompassing Dunham’s philosophy, world vision and synthesis of Afro-Haitian dance.

Learn more about the significant contributions of Katherine Dunham here.  See a flier about the class here.

JEANNE SPEIER (Session 2, July 10-12 ONLY) 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 Montessori and at the Katherine Dunham Seminars in East St. Louis.  

JAHANNA BLUNT (Session 2, July 17-19 ONLY), visiting guest artist from Los Angeles, has taught at CDT in previous summers with her mother, Jan Blunt, Certified Dunham Instructor.  Jahanna has extensive training in African and Dunham techniques and currently performs in the LA area with Le Ballet Dembaya, a professional West African Drum and Dance Company.

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).  It is recommended that students wear dance/exercise type clothing and athletic shoes or dance sneakers, or go barefoot if you prefer.

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: Session 1 only—  This session we will offer a beginner/advanced beginner class for those who would like to learn and work on Latin Dance styles, specifically Salsa, Zouk and Bachata. You will learn the basics to get you out on the dance floor, as well styling and a-couple fancy steps!  No need to register with a partner, but it is recommended that students try to find a partner to take class and practice with.  Please wear shoes in which you are able to turn, spin & pivot, and any clothes which you are comfortable dancing in.  Check out this performance video of Amos Brown & his dance partner, Sheri Riley – Bolero is first and at 6:45 see Salsa.  

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)—Offered Summer Session 3 ONLYThese 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, intermediate & advanced students.  Recommended to wear:  any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and bare feet, or if you prefer, soft dance shoes (such as jazz shoes) or socks.  See a video of a class sample combination here:  

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 1 (Thurs) or 2 (Weds) – If you are new to Modern Dance, or would like to take a more basic dance technique class, this is for you.  Modern Basics 1 (Thurs) will be designed for an absolute beginner dancer, or anyone who wants to learn Modern Dance technique with simple combinations at a slow to medium pace.  Modern Basics 2 (Weds) will add combinations more quickly than Modern Basics 1, and is for advanced beginners in Modern Dance technique. or those who have some previous dance experience and would like to learn Modern Dance concepts & technique.  The goal of these classes 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.  Both of these classes will emphasize proper dance technique and basic steps & concepts.  Each session is somewhat progressive over the 4-weeks, so newer dancers may want be sure to come on weeks 1 or 2 of a session.  Recommended to wear:  any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and bare feet, or if you prefer, soft dance shoes (such as jazz shoes) or socks. 

MODERN BASICS: Floor & Inversions Emphasis – Session 1 ONLY – This modern dance basic technique class will focus more time on floor work and inversions.  If you are uncomfortable moving & dancing on the floor or turning upside down (handstand or cartwheel type movements) or if you just want to work on these types of movements, then this 4-week class will get you going.  Upper body and core strength will be developed and class will end with about 10 minutes of stretching.  All levels of experience are welcome, and students will be encouraged to go at their own pace.  Recommended to wear:  any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and bare feet, or if you prefer, soft dance shoes (such as jazz shoes) or socks and bring knee pads and a towel.

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.

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!

DONNA RUBIN – Donna discovered her love of dance as a teenager when she started training in ballet, jazz and contemporary at Point Park College prep department in Pittsburgh Pa.  She continued dedicated studies while earning her BFA in theater perfomance at CCM where she continued to study classical ballet, Horton technique (with James Truitt) and musical theater styles. Toward the end of her undergrad studies she discovered The “Dance Hall” (Contemporary Dance Theater).  At the same time she was co-directing a multi disciplinary performance-art troupe called The ‘John Body Players’ and created choreography and direction for numerous productions in greater Cincinnati and later in SF.  While living in SF she immersed herself in the wealth of dance training and performance opportunities available there. Her primary focus: release technique, improvisation, contact improvisation and chi cultivation techniques and found her most influential  teachers Sara Shelton Mann and Kathleen Hermesdorf.  She continues to study, train, teach and create work as a multi disciplinary artist. Currently Donna is a songwriter/musician in Cincinnati indie rock band Fists of Love and a Hatha Yoga instructor who has been certified/teaching since 2004. Her community healing arts space, 3 Legged Dog Yoga Collective, is entering it’s 10th year in Northside. She is currently a company member and educational teaching artist for Pones Inc. and recently has helped develop a new movement class for Cincinnati Arts Association’s Arts in Healing program, where she works teaching healing movement to veterans.  Donna believes Dance to be a powerful tool of healing, community and liberation. 

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE Learn choreographed routines set to the fun and catchy tunes from Broadway and movie musicals, featuring a wide variety of dance & choreography styles. Steve’s classes expand on jazz and ballet basics with dances that have character and personality. Definitely a fun class for everyone, and great practice and training for those who love to perform in local amateur or professional musicals.  This class is recommended for advanced beginners and intermediate dancers from any dance background, but beginners are welcome also.  Recommended to wear:  any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and whatever you prefer for footwear – we recommend that you bring a pair of jazz shoes if you have them, but you can also use ballet slippers, bare feet and character shoes (if you need to train/practice in them).

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,  CCM and is currently on staff for Cincinnati Ballet and Wyoming Center for the Arts. 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.

TAP DANCE BASICS 1 & 2, for Musical Theater — Learn and practice the basics of tap dance this summer.  This class is for students who are new to tap dancing, or want to practice and improve on the basics steps.  This is also a great place to start your tap dancing again if it has been awhile since you have put on your tap shoes!  Sign up for this class to take if you love musical theater dance style, and/or if want to improve your musical theater dance skills to perform in shows.

JANNA GERKE began her teaching career 20 years ago choreographing community theatre musicals and assisting with dance instruction at The Diana Lynn School of Dance. Since then, she has gone on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Acting and Directing with a Support Field in Dance from Bowling Green State University.  Janna has performed with the traveling children’s theatre ensemble, The Treehouse Troupe, directed and choreographed the plays and musicals at Eastwood High School, founded the Musical Theatre program at numerous dance studios, led the competitive tap team at Encore Dance Co., and she has taught at several studios and performing arts schools throughout Ohio. Janna’s favorite styles are tap and musical theatre, and she has been featured in Toledo’s Examiner for the success of her Musical Theatre Program at Inspire Dance Co. Janna is passionate about improving the lives of young people through the art of dance and drama. She aspires to challenge her students, build their confidence, and instill lessons that they can carry with them beyond the dance studio. 

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.