Adult & Teen Classes Spring 2019
9 & 10-week sessions 7:00-8:00p 8:00-9:00p YOGA STRETCH & RECOVERY (6:45-7:45pm) – Cancelled for Spring Quarter HIP HOP (7-8pm) – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed MUSICAL THEATER DANCE (8-9pm) – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed Erica Nyberg (B) Steve Irwin (A) Steve Irwin (A) BELLY DANCE (8-9pm) – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed 6:15-7:40p MODERN DANCE – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed Michelle Morano (A) 7:45-9:00p MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed Donna Rubin (A) 9:30-10:30a 6:15-7:40pm 6:45-8:00p DUNHAM MODERN – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed BALLET BASICS 1 & 2: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed Alissa Stachowski (B) Jeanne Speier (A) Allison Jacobs (C) 9:45-11:00am BALLET BASIC 2+ – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed Alissa Stachowski (A) 9:30-10:45a BALLET & JAZZ – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed Glenda Figueiredo (A) Guest Artist from Area Choreographers Festival 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 of all ages, and mature teens ages 13+.
Adult Class Schedule Spring 2019
Mar 25 – June 1
Mixed Level (all levels). No class May 27th, 9-week session.
Mixed Level (all levels). No class May 27th, 9-week session.
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate. No class May 27th, 9-week session.
Beginner & Intermediate. No class May 27th, 9-week session.
Irene Mirci (C)
Advanced Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
Mixed Level, Beginners welcome!
TAP DANCE BASICS 1 & 2 for Musical Theater – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Beginners & Advanced Beginners – Limited space! NEW TIME!
No class March 27th, 9-week session.
Beginner & Advanced Beginner
7:45-9:00p MODERN DANCE BASICS 1 – Cancelled for Spring Quarter
Beginners, New Dancers
Alissa Stachowski (A)
9:00-10:15am, April 4 only
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate 1
MODERN BASICS 2 – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Beginners & Advanced Beginners
Alissa Stachowski (A)
Advanced Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS
Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-12:00pm
Intermediate/Advanced Level; Advanced Beginners also welcome
Find out more and register HERE on the Masterclass page.
How do you register?
9 & 10-week sessions
YOGA STRETCH & RECOVERY (6:45-7:45pm) – Cancelled for Spring Quarter
HIP HOP (7-8pm) – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
MUSICAL THEATER DANCE (8-9pm) – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Erica Nyberg (B)
Steve Irwin (A)
Steve Irwin (A)
BELLY DANCE (8-9pm) – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
MODERN DANCE – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Michelle Morano (A)
MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Donna Rubin (A)
DUNHAM MODERN – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
BALLET BASICS 1 & 2: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Alissa Stachowski (B)
Jeanne Speier (A)
Allison Jacobs (C)
BALLET BASIC 2+ – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Alissa Stachowski (A)
BALLET & JAZZ – Running for Spring, drop-ins allowed
Glenda Figueiredo (A)
Guest Artist from Area Choreographers Festival
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 of all ages, and mature teens ages 13+.
How much do the classes cost? When are registrations due?
9 or 10-week session
Mar 25 – June 1
No classes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
$100 cash/check or $105 credit card per class for 10 week classes
$90 cash/check or $94 credit card per class for 9 week classes
No classes on Memorial Day, Mon, May 27.
9-week classes include: Yoga Stretch & Recovery, Hip Hop Musical Theater Dance, and Belly Dance. Also Tap Basics is off March 27th.
Save $5 if registered by Thursday, March 7!
Registration deadline: Saturday, March 23 at 11am
For late registrations after the deadline – add $10
If minimum 10-week quarter registrations are met and class runs (determined after the deadline), 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
All class payments & registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable (only one person may use it).
Flex Cards expire 3 months from date of issue.
Flex cards may be used for any adult/teen class which is running, determined after the registration deadline; not valid for Guest Artist Masterclasses.
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 class and 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 Spring Quarter may take up to 2 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 in which no sub is available (cancelled due to instructor illness, vacation, etc.) or due to dangerous weather, will take place the week directly after the quarter ends.
ONLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Payment for the quarter may also be made BELOW with credit card and PayPal accounts for adult/teen classes: please type the name & day of the class (see above for titles) and the student’s name in the boxes below, then click on the “Add to Cart” button below. New students must also turn in a registration/release form on or before the first class.
10-week class options are below: Contact email@example.com for late registration
9-week class options are below: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for late registration
Interested in private lessons or choreographed routines just for you?
Many of our faculty offer private lessons, and each set their own rates. If you are interested in private lessons or choreography in dance styles such as Latin partner dance (Salsa and more), wedding couple or party dance, general ballroom, musical theater, belly dance, tap, modern dance, ballet, or other styles, then please inquire at email@example.com.
Private lessons or choreography will likely range from $40-$80/hr, depending on what is specifically requested.
Can’t afford to take as many classes as you would like?
Volunteer work exchange may be available. Click here for information.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 591-1222 if you still have questions. Please leave a message if no one answers and we will return your call asap.
Please note the studio front desk is often not staffed 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 & 2 w/ Allison Jacobs — 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. 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 email@example.com.
BALLET BASICS 2+, w/ Alissa Stachowski, is for the advanced beginner who is moving into the intermediate level, or for those who want an advanced beginner/intermediate level class. It is for students who are familiar with the basic ballet class and technique, and would like a class to master these basics as well as learn and practice more challenging steps and combinations. This is a great class for those who do other dance styles such as Modern or Musical Theater Dance, and would like a weekly ballet class. An optional stretching time will take place directly after the class ends.
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. For questions about Ballet or any of the classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALLET & JAZZ – In this class, students will work through ballet barre exercises for the first half of the class, for strengthening and flexibility. In the second half students will move to the center and across the floor with jazz fundamentals and then finish with choreography. The level of this class is for beginners with basic knowledge of ballet, as well as intermediate and advanced dancers looking for a smooth class using both ballet & jazz. Recommended to wear: any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and whatever you prefer for footwear – we recommend that you bring a pair of ballet and/or jazz shoes if you have them, but you can also take class in bare feet and/or socks if you prefer.
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.
BELLY DANCE – 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, and tighter fitting dance or exercise type clothes will also help in learning the technique. Bare feet is recommended, but students may also wear thin dance type shoes.
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. She has studied deeply embodied movement with Fanchon Shur.
DUNHAM MODERN TECHNIQUE: 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.
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 this empowering and beautiful dance technique, 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.
JEANNE SPEIER 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.
HIP HOP — Steve’s Hip Hop classes are filled with creative choreography set to the latest Hip Hop/R&B music. Learn a new choreographed routine each week, and practice routines from previous weeks. 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.
MODERN DANCE (See also Modern Basics & Dunham Modern)— 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, 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, Performance & Time Arts shows, and in collaborations with Moving Art Dance Company, and MamLuft&Co. Dance.
MODERN BASICS 1 (Weds) or 2 (Thurs) – 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 (Weds) 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 (Thurs) 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 , so newer dancers may want be sure to come on weeks 1 or 2 of the quarter. Recommended to wear: any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and bare feet, or if you prefer, soft dance shoes (such as jazz shoes) or socks.
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, acrobatics/gymnastics & baton twirling. 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 teaches acro/tumbling for dance, ballet & tap. For questions about Modern Basics or any of CDT’s other classes, please email email@example.com.
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. 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. Students will learn a new choreographed routine each week, and practice routines from previous weeks, and will also have a brief time of across the floor to work on turns, jumps and grand battement. This class is recommended for advanced beginners and intermediate dancers from any dance background, but beginners are welcome also. If you would prefer to work only on technique, then sign up for Steve’s Jazz Technique for Musical Theater instead, or in addition to this class. 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 BASICS 1 & 2, for Musical Theater will be class for beginners, moving toward advanced beginner level, for those who want to learn & practice the basics steps of tap and put them together in short phrases and combinations. Students will learn and practice basics tap steps, technique routines, and then later short choreographed routines in musical theater dance styles. In routines some basic musical theater dance steps will also be covered. Tap shoes are required for this class and students can wear any comfortable clothing that they can move freely in.
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, acrobatics/gymnastics & baton twirling. 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. For questions about this class or any of CDT’s classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOGA STRETCH & RECOVERY (Taoist Style) —Taoist Yoga comes from a Chinese tradition, incorporating movements, stretches, breathing, and mindfulness exercises with seasonal awareness of the body’s needs to promote physical and mental wellness. Class begins with gentle movements and flows designed to stretch muscles and relieve built-up tension. Class ends with longer postures meant to impact deep connective tissues, helping to maintain a healthy range of motion, long-term mobility, and to aid in recovery, a must for athletes and dancers. Incorporating both yin and yang movements, this practice is therapeutic for the body and calming for the mind and spirit. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, CDT has a few available for loan if you do not. Wear any comfortable yoga, dance or exercise clothing.
ERICA NYBERG has been a practicing yogi for 13 years. She completed a 200-hour teacher training program in Taoist Yoga and is a current Yoga Alliance member. Erica is an active Cincinnati Rollergirl and has been using Taoist and Yin yoga to recover from sports and training for many years. She believes that when you push your body to its physical limit, it is important to take time to recover and heal through yoga. For questions about this class, you can email Erica at email@example.com.
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Can’t afford to take as many classes as you would like? Volunteer work exchange may be available. See here for information.