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Fall 2015 Adult & Teen Classes

CDT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR ADULTS & TEENS

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

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.

Check out our Winter 2016 Adult/Teen Class Schedule HERE!

NEW!  Just added, Holiday Break Classes on Wednesdays, December 23 & 30 – Hip Hop (adult/teen) drop-in class 6:15-7:15pm, and Musical Theater Dance Class drop-in class 7:20-8:20pm with Steve Irwin. 

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

Adult Class Schedule Fall 2015
Sept 9 – Dec 19, Two 7-week sessions

No classes Nov 25-29

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

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

MODERN

Colleen Byrne (A)

7:35-8:50p

BALLET Advanced Beginners & Intermediate Level

Steve Irwin (A)

7:00-8:00p

SALSA for Beginners (Pre-registration required) Beginner  

Amos Brown (C)

8:00-9:00p

SALSA (Pre-registration required) Intermediate

Amos Brown (C)
TUESDAYS
6:15-7:25p

AFRICAN DANCE

Shakira Rae Adams (A)

7:30-8:45p BREAKDANCE (Pre-registration required), Beginner/Intermediate Brent Fields (A)
7:30-8:45p

CONTACT IMPROVISATION

Shakira Rae Adams (C)

WEDNESDAYS
6:15-7:25p DUNHAM MODERN -begins Sept 30
AFRO-CARIBBEAN DANCE
 Sept 16 & 23
Jeanne Speier (A)
Flora Leptak-Moreau
(Afro-Caribbean)

 

6:15-7:15p

HIP HOP
Holiday week classes added Dec 23 & 30

Steve Irwin (C)
7:20-8:20p MUSICAL THEATER DANCE
Holiday week classes added Dec 23 & 30
Steve Irwin (C)
7:30-9:00p BALLET BASICS 1: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – Beginner level 1
(Pre-registration required)
Allison Jacobs (B & A)
THURSDAYS
6:15-7:45p MODERN

Jacque Corcoran (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  All levels
(Pre-registration required)  
Irene Mirci (B)
SATURDAYS
10:30a-11:45a

MODERN JAZZ FUSION

Glenda Figueiredo (A)

 

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS 
Saturday,
Nov 7
10:30a-12:00p
Master Class from guest artists from Everett, from Providence, Rhode Island
(Learn more about Visiting Guest Artists here.)

$15 Early Registration Discount (by Wednesday, Nov 4). At the door drop-ins: $20 CC or $19 cash/check. Questions? Call 513-591-1222.

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 Fall 2015: Modern, Dunham Modern, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop,  Musical Theater Dance, African Dance, Ballet (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate), Contact Improvisation.
         
You DO NOT need to register for those  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 Fall 2015: Salsa, Breakdancing for Adults, and Ballet Basics: Stretch & Strengthen, Egyptian Belly Dance, all Kids Dance classes (Introduction to Dance, Shake & Create, Kids Hip Hop, Zumba® Kids, Jr., Kids Breakdancing, Kids African, Tap).

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?

Everett Masterclass on Saturday, November 7, 2015

$15 cash/check in advance  (through Wednesday, November 4)
 |  $20 at the door credit card  | $19 cash/check at the door

Adult Drop-In Classes (Ages 13 – Adult)

Modern • Hip Hop • Musical Theater Dance • African Dance •  Modern Jazz
Dunham Modern • Ballet
(Advanced Beginner/Intermediate) • Contact 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

Two 7-week Sessions, Sept 9-Oct 27 & Oct 28-Dec 19

$70 cash/check or $74 credit card per each 7-week session

Breakdancing for Adults:  Beginner/Intermediate
Ballet Basics 1: Stretch & Strengthen – Wednesdays:  Beginner level 1
Ballet Basics 2: Stretch & Strengthen – Thursdays:  Beginner level 2, advanced beginner
Egyptian Belly Dance: Technique & Choreography: All levels

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
3 days before first class
IMPORTANT: If minimum registration is not met, 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.

Download the Registration Form Here

OR see below for more help

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.

AFRICAN DANCE — Seek to find and feel your internal rhythm stimulated through African dance. As your mind takes a mental break, your body will take over leading you through an hour of pure euphoria. You will have so much fun expanding through your movement you will not even realize what a physical workout you gained…..until the next morning. Each movement/gesture tells a story, a way you can connect with others expressing your inner emotions. There is more to African dance than just gyrating your hips. Join us in telling your story through movement inspired by Africa.

SHAKIRA RAE ADAMS – A true Renaissance woman, she has embraced numerous passions. She is a creative accomplished musician and dancer and a compassionate and responsive sports medicine provider, Reiki Master, educator and doula. Shakira holds a Bachelors of Science in Dance Education, a Bachelors of Science in Music Education, and a Masters of Education in Sports Medicine from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Cincinnati.  Shakira discovered her love and passion for movement in college. She was not a woman who started when she was two, she has worked hard to gain the knowledge needed to understand and experience how her body moves. She spent some time in West Africa, Ghana training in traditional West African dance. Shakira brought African dance back to Northwest Ohio, teaching children, adults, dancers and non-dancers. She led and choreographed the Bowling Green State University Afro-Caribbean Dance Ensemble for five years. Shakira has taught African dance workshops and performed all throughout Ohio. Shakira states, “There is a disconnect between music and dance in the American culture. The arts are more of a treat than an everyday experience, for most. With my connection to the African culture, I feel I can inspire others to move with from within on a daily basis.” 

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. 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.

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 ADULTSJoin 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 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). 

CONTACT IMPROVISATION — Learn basic contact improvisation skills in a safe space, then spend some time unleashing the endless possibilities in a jam session. You will have a chance to explore your creativity while finding your strength and stillness. Connect with yourself and others, and grow in a community of others. Tantalizing music will guide your movement as you flow through the space. 

SHAKIRA RAE ADAMS – A true Renaissance woman, she has embraced numerous passions. She is a creative accomplished musician and dancer and a compassionate and responsive sports medicine provider, Reiki Master, educator and doula. Shakira holds a Bachelors of Science in Dance Education, a Bachelors of Science in Music Education, and a Masters of Education in Sports Medicine from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Cincinnati.  Shakira discovered her love and passion for movement in college. She was not a woman who started when she was two; she has worked hard to gain the knowledge needed to understand and experience how her body moves. She spent some time in West Africa, Ghana training in traditional West African dance. Shakira brought African dance back to Northwest Ohio, teaching children, adults, dancers and non-dancers. She led and choreographed the Bowling Green State University Afro-Caribbean Dance Ensemble for five years. Shakira has taught African dance workshops and performed all throughout Ohio. Shakira states, “There is a disconnect between music and dance in the American culture. The arts are more of a treat than an everyday experience, for most. With my connection to the African culture, I feel I can inspire others to move with from within on a daily basis.” 

DUNHAM MODERN   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.   Find out more about Katherine Dunham’s significant contributions 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.

FLORA LEPTAK-MOREAU (Afro-Carribean Dance) 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.

EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE  These classes teach the foundation steps common in many styles of Arab Dances all throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. The dance course is taught by Irene Mirci in Classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. Classes will focus 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). We will learn dance steps, examine Arab Folklore related to dance, and take a brief look at its origins and history.  The “Choreography” class is for all levels, and will include a warm-up and a choreographed dance taught.  The “Technique” class is for students with some Belly Dance experience who want to improve their technique.  Bring a scarf to tie around your hips to aid with body awareness. Pre-registration is required for this class

IRENE MIRCI was born in Italy and grew up in Australia. Throughout her youth she traveled around Europe, as far as Pakistan, India, Tunisia, Syria, and Yemen. During this time she had a great interest for their more sophisticated form of dance and some years later started seriously studying Raqs Sharki (Dance from the East) and Arabic Folklore. She enrolled in some of the best schools in Italy and attended regular classes with dedication for over six years learning the subtle art of Arab dance from some of the best teachers and dancers in Italy. Irene studied classic Arab dance and Folklore with dedication and followed the teachings of Egyptian dancer Amal Khalifa and the Egyptian dance instructor Saad Ismail of the M. Reda Dance Troupe. She studied and performed with American dancer and anthropologist, Mylitta. With Italian dancer and C.U.S. instructor Maria Luisa Sales, she studied a more contemporary style combining Dance Oriental with elements of Bharatnatyam, Creative Movement, and Flamenco. Irene was the acclaimed and talented primary dancer at the “Cleopatra” Club-Restaurant in Rome, Italy in 2004/2005, and she participated in various shows and live performances during cultural events, weddings, and parties around the world. She began teaching Arab Dance and Choreography classes in 2001. In October 2006, Irene relocated to the United States and is now residing here in Cincinnati. She says, “I have a particular interest in languages and folklore and have always been irresistibly curious about other cultures. When I meet a language barrier, I find it is much easier to relate to people while dancing to their folk music. A step and a smile will bring you closer than a thousand words.”

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. He is pleased to be teaching at CDT.

MODERN DANCE (See also 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:  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.

Thursdays: JACQUELYN CORCORAN is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Texas Woman’s University. A native of Texas, Ms. Corcoran re-located to the Cincinnati area to dance with MamLuft&Co. Dance from 2007-2011. She has recently studied as a scholarship student at both the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival, as well as with Sarah Gamblin, Mary Williford-Shade (Lacy & Shade), Nycole Ray (formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and currently with Dallas Black Dance Theatre), and Melissa Young (Associate Artistic Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre). Among post-modern and balletic studies, Ms. Corcoran also studied Lester Horton Technique, as well as dances from West Africa. She has performed choreography by MamLuft&Co. Dance company members, Rachel James and Ashley Powell. She has also performed with Judith Mikita and Demetrius Klein.

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 hundred 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.

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. 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. He is pleased to be teaching at CDT.

SALSA for Beginners  and Intermediate Level — This quarter we will offer  two Salsa classes, one for beginners and another for those with some Salsa dancing experience. Amos teaches a combination of LA, New York, and Casino/Miami styles of Salsa.  The beginner class will cover all the basic steps, while the  intermediate class is for Salsa students who would like to learn and practice Salsa steps beyond the basics.  The intermediate class is a chance to learn some exciting, showy, flashy moves, including dips.  Rueda will be taught also if we get enough students registered!  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.”


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