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Adult & Teen Classes Summer 2019

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.

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

Adult Class Schedule Summer 2019
June 3 – Aug 29

Three 4-week sessions

Session 1: June 3-29;   Session 2: July 8-Aug 1;   Session 3: Aug 5-29

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

Time Class Instructor (Studio)
MONDAYS

6:30-7:50p

 

7:00-8:00p

BALLET BASICS 2+ (6:30-7:50pm) 
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate.  Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed

HIP HOP  (7-8pm)
Mixed Level (all levels).  Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed

Alissa Stachowski (A)

Steve Irwin (C or A)

8:00-9:00p

MUSICAL THEATER DANCE (8-9pm)
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate.  Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed. 
Check back for updates in July.

Steve Irwin (A)
TUESDAYS

6:15-7:40p

MODERN BASICS  – FLOOR & INVERSIONS EMPHASIS
Mixed Level.  Session 1 ONLY.  (This class is over for the summer!)

Alissa Stachowski (A)

6:30-7:45p

 

7:50-9:00p

MODERN DANCE – RELEASE TECHNIQUE   New class!
Mixed Level.  Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed

MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION   
Mixed Level.  Register now for Session 3.
–CANCELLED for Session 2.

Donna Rubin (A)

 

Donna Rubin (A)

WEDNESDAYS

9:30-10:45a

6:15-7:40p

BALLET BASICS 2+    New morning day & time!
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate 1. Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed

DUNHAM MODERN
Mixed Level.  Register now for Session 3. 
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed

Alissa Stachowski (A)

Jeanne Speier (A)

   
6:45-8:00p BALLET BASICS 1 & 2: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN 
Beginner & Advanced Beginner.  Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed
Allison Jacobs (C)
THURSDAYS

9:00-10:00a

 

 

10:15-11:15a

TAP DANCE BASICS 1 & 2 for Musical Theater 
Beginner & Advanced Beginner.  (offered Sessions 1 & 2 only!)
*Please note:  no class July 25.  Make-up class Aug 8.
-Running for Session 2; experienced beginner/advanced beginner drop-in students allowed (not recommended for new beginners to drop-in)

CONDITIONING LIKE A DANCER 
Mixed Level.   (offered Sessions 1 & 2 only!)
*Please note:  no class July 25.  Make-up class Aug 8.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed

Alissa Stachowski (B)

 

Ashley Goos (A)

6:15-7:30p MODERN DANCE
Intermediate & Advanced; Advanced Beginners also welcome. Register now for Session 3.
-Running for Session 2; drop-in students allowed
Jon Lawson (A)
7:30-8:30p

CONTACT IMPROVISATION   New class!
Mixed Level.  Sessions 1 & 2 only (not offered Session 3).
–CANCELLED for Session 2.

Ri Molnar (A)
7:45-9:00p

BALLET – INTERMEDIATE     New class!
Intermediate, Advanced Beginners welcome.  Register now for Session 3.
–Not currently running, Session 2, but contact CDT if you are interested in this class.

Jon Lawson (C or A)
VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTOR

6:15-7:45p

Visiting Guest Instructor Jan Blunt will be teaching
Dunham Technique drop-in classes
on Monday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 3, 6:15-7:45pm.  
$14 (cash/check), $15 (credit card) per class, use your Flex card, or $24/$25 for both classes.  No pre-registration is required!  Take one or both classes.

Jan Blunt (A)
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASS: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS 
10:30a-12:00p

Guest Artist from Area Choreographers Festival
Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-12:00pm
Intermediate/Advanced Level; Advanced Beginners also welcome
Find out more and register HERE on the Masterclass page.

 

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+.

 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.  See schedule above which classes are running each session. 
Monday, July 1 & Wednesday, July 3, 6:15-7:45pm.   Dunham Modern Technique classes with Visiting Guest Instructor Jan Blunt.  Drop-in to one or both classes! 

REGISTRATION deadline is the Thursday, before each session begins, (except Friday, July 5), but please register early.  The day after the registration deadline, we will decide which classes are running, and if running, you can still register for the session 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 one day after each session’s deadline with classes which are running for each Summer Session, and which classes 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, or by appointment.

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

Summer 2019 Class Pricing

Three 4-week sessions
June 3 – Aug 29

Session 1: June 3-29
Session 2: July 8-Aug 1
Session 3: Aug 5-29

SUMMER DISCOUNT!
$36 cash/check or $38 credit card
per 4-week session

Registration deadlines:
Session 1: Thursday, May 30
Session 2: Friday, July 5
Session 3: Thursday, Aug 1

For late registrations after the deadlines – add $10

If minimum 4-week session registrations are met and class runs (determined after the deadline), then 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
AND for both of Jan Blunt’s drop-in Dunham classes – $24 cash/check or $25 credit card

All class payments & registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable (only one person may use Flex-card).
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 session, 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, and credit cards can be accepted online or 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 Quarter may take up to 1 make-up class in another class taught by the SAME instructor  – 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.) or due to dangerous weather, will take place the week directly after the session ends.

PAYPAL ONLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Payment for each session 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 sessions) 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.  Note (7/6):  Session 2 registration is over; contact CDT if interested in late registration for Session 2.

Adult Dance Summer: choose Session from drop-down box below
Type Class & Student Name Here

 

Download the registration form here

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 dance@cdt-dance.org. 
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.

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 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 allison@cdt-dance.org

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 ballet 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 to work on their dance technique.  Recommended to wear:  any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and ballet slippers or other dance shoes.

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 alissa@cdt-dance.org.

BALLET – Intermediate Ballet will focus on dancing through ballet class at the barre, in center, and across the floor.  Students will work on increasing core strength, balance, flexibility, agility, and musicality within ballet vocabulary. This class is designed for students who have some knowledge of ballet, but students will have the freedom to increase difficulty or simplify as needed.   Recommended to wear:  any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and ballet slippers or other dance shoes.

JON LAWSON is an independent dance artist and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University.  He has performed with Azaguno-a traditional and contemporary African music and dance company which led him to guest artist with the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana.  In Cleveland, Ohio, Jon performed and choreographed with The Movement Project as well as collaborating with dotdotdot-a twice yearly event series that works to break down barriers in the artistic community.  Jon’s choreographic work has also been presented at Ohio University, Nuit Blanche in Athens, Ohio, The American College Dance Association, The Cleveland Dance Festival, Area Choreographer’s Festival, and the OhioDance Festival.  In 2018, Jon co-founded Fellow Collective with Corrinne Bailey and Matthew J. Keller as a new creative outlet in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an educator, Jon taught non-major dance classes at Ohio University and taught master classes at St. Xavier High School, Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, Cleveland Dance Festival, and The Movement Project’s Winter Intensive.  Recently, Jon taught creative movement in the preschools of Hamilton, Ohio and is on staff at Miami Valley Ballet Theatre. His teaching philosophy includes creating a safe space for dancers of all abilities where we can become more in tune with our bodies and artistic community while exploring creativity, dance technique, muscular development, balance, and range of motion.

CONDITIONING LIKE A DANCER – This conditioning class for dancers strengthens, lengthens, and tones major muscle groups as well as muscles you never knew you had!  Both dancers and non-dancers will benefit for this mixed level class.  Please bring a yoga or Pilates mat with you; CDT has a-few extra if you don’t have one.  Wear any dance or exercise clothes you are comfortable in.

ASHLEY GOOS is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and is thrilled to be home again. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from The Florida State University, and BA in Theatre from Miami University (OH). Ashley has set work at the Bourdelle Museum in Paris, France, Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri, Miami University (OH), Moving Current in Tampa, Florida, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, the Area Choreographer’s Festival 2018, and for Gallery 621 in Tallahassee, FL.  She has danced for Alex Ketley, Emily Johnson, Yanira Castro, Rodger Belman, Heather Britt, Diane Germaine, and Loren Davidson. In the fall of 2017 Ashley was a Full Time Guest Artist at Missouri State University, and is currently an adjunct professor of dance at Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, and is a Guest Artist in Modern dance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION – This class will focus on inner balance to create dances with one partner or many!  Students will explore maintaining presence within themselves while engaging in conversations with each other (via our bodies).  Body care is likely and touching is required in this form of improvisation.  Consent is also mandatory.  Bring a friend, or come solo and find one while we all find our breath together.  Dress comfortably, bring water, use an open mind, experience is not required, humility and openness to feedback are.

Mister RI MOLNAR is a queer feminist performance artist as well as a white anti-racist activist.  They merge these worlds with a fierce devotion to truth and a humble sense of humor.  Based in rural Ohio, they have chosen to dedicate themselves to “hometown” activism, and find release through their performance work which bridges sound, movement and poetry.  They’ve performed throughout the US and parts of Europe as well as having been a featured artist in the National Queer Arts Festival for five years.  They hope to inspire and provoke compassion through their expression and share their tormented but sweet heart with others, holding a deep belief that connection to community is the answer to most of our societal ills: more commitment to more community to bring about greater change for the betterment of all.  Ri has taught dance in various forms for nearly twenty years and engages contact improv from the lineage of Kathleen Hermesdorf, Scott Wells, and Liz Roman.  They celebrate ALL bodies and genders in their classes.

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 HOPSteve’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 — Jon teaches an eclectic approach to modern dance – blending together principles from Bartenieff Fundamentals, Cunningham and Limón technique, dance improvisation and Ghanaian dance.  Students will warm up through various exercises with an emphasis on groundedness, spinal articulation and weight exploration.  We also focus on softening into and rising from the floor, traveling through the space, and choreographic phrase work.

JON LAWSON is an independent dance artist and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University.  He has performed with Azaguno-a traditional and contemporary African music and dance company which led him to guest artist with the National Dance Ensemble of Ghana.  In Cleveland, Ohio, Jon performed and choreographed with The Movement Project as well as collaborating with dotdotdot-a twice yearly event series that works to break down barriers in the artistic community.  Jon’s choreographic work has also been presented at Ohio University, Nuit Blanche in Athens, Ohio, The American College Dance Association, The Cleveland Dance Festival, Area Choreographer’s Festival, and the OhioDance Festival.  In 2018, Jon co-founded Fellow Collective with Corrinne Bailey and Matthew J. Keller as a new creative outlet in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an educator, Jon taught non-major dance classes at Ohio University and taught master classes at St. Xavier High School, Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, Cleveland Dance Festival, and The Movement Project’s Winter Intensive.  Recently, Jon taught creative movement in the preschools of Hamilton, Ohio and is on staff at Miami Valley Ballet Theatre. His teaching philosophy includes creating a safe space for dancers of all abilities where we can become more in tune with our bodies and artistic community while exploring creativity, dance technique, muscular development, balance, and range of motion.

MODERN BASICS  FLOOR AND INVERSIONS EMPHASIS — If you would like to work on getting more comfortable with inversions and rolling on the floor, as well as working on upper body strength, this 4-week class will give you the opportunity to work on this within a basic modern dance technique class.  Modern Basics classes will emphasize proper dance technique and basic steps & concepts, and working at your own pace and comfort level.  This mixed level class will allow beginning students to try out new things, and more experienced students to get a nice full body workout!   Recommended to wear/bring:  a shirt with short sleeves (to cover shoulders) which is tight or can be tucked in, any dance/exercise/yoga pants which go at least to the knee, knee pads 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 and she has taken modern dance classes from a large variety of instructors over the years who have taught at CDT.  For questions about Modern Basics or any of CDT’s other classes, please email alissa@cdt-dance.org.

MODERN DANCE — RELEASE TECHNIQUE — Release technique modern is an energetic exploration of movement from the inside out, relating to motion from internal impulse to external expression.  Donna’s practice utilizes a hybrid of forms such as chi/energy cultivation, somatics, improvisational explorations, and modern contemporary technique work. Principles of falling, flying, inversion, floor and center work will encourage deep awareness and understanding of the body.

Students will explore volume and weight inside the body and its relationship to the floor, bringing awakening to the feet, spine, and pelvic floor, encouraging the feeling of release in the limbs, and articulate falling and suspending off-center. Donna will have students explore sensation, instinct, and the inherent musical phrasing inside the body.

This class will use imagery and metaphors to help dancers find new ways to cultivate movement, awareness, as well as release unconscious holding patterns. It elaborates on fundamental principles of dance, including suspension, alignment, economy and efficiency, sustainable breath and energy, spontaneity, suppleness, balance, grounding, and dynamic stillness.  Phrases will move in and out of the floor and carry dancers in and out of balance. Relationships will be explored with the dynamics of sound, space and each other.

DONNA RUBIN 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. 

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 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.  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, dance sneakers, or bare feet.

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 Cincinnati Ballet, and is currently on staff  at Wyoming Center for the Arts. Steve also offers private lessons and special event choreography, 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 with a-little experience, 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 short 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.  Space is very limited in this class, so please be sure to register for each session if you would like to be guaranteed a spot.

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 alissa@cdt-dance.org.


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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