Kids Dance Classes Summer 2019

Summer 2019

Being offered Summer Quarter

  • Hip Hop for Kids (ages 8-12) – Mondays 6:15-7:00pm.  Sessions 1, 2, 3   This class is running Session 3
  • Acrobatics/Tumbling for Dance – Level 2 (ages 7 and up) –Tuesdays 5:00-5:55pm – Sessions 1 & 3 only (Cancelled for Session 3)
  • Introduction to Ballet & Modern (ages 5-8) – Tuesdays 6:45-7:30pm – Sessions 1, 2, 3  This class is running Session 3
  • Acrobatics/Tumbling for Dance – Levels 1 & 2 (ages 7 and up) –Wednesdays 5:10-6:00pm – Sessions 1 & 3 only  (Cancelled for Session 3)
  • Shake and Create (Ages 3-5) – Wednesdays 6:00-6:40pm – Sessions 1, 2, 3 (cancelled for Session 3)
  • Modern for Kids (ages 8-12) – Thursdays 5:15-6:00pm – Sessions 1, 2, 3  (cancelled for Session 3)
  • Ballet for Kids (ages 8-12) – Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm – Sessions 1, 2, 3 (cancelled for Session 3)
Summer – Three 4-week sessions, June 3-Aug 31
  • Session 1: June 3-29 ; Session 2: July 8-Aug 3; Session 3: Aug 5-31.
  • Registration deadlines:  Session 1 – Thursday, May 30;  Session 2 – Friday, July 5;  Session 3 – Thursday, Aug 1 .  After deadline, $10 late fee will apply.
  • All kids classes require pre-registration (no drop-ins), and payment must accompany registration. Contact us if you miss the deadline, as a class may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met by the deadline.  If we are accepting students after the deadline, there will be a $10 late fee added.
  • Make-up classes that CDT cancels (due to instructor illness, inclement weather, vacation, etc) will be the week after the quarter.
  • Register here on our website, by mail, or during class times (see adult/teen schedules) over the phone or in person:  (513) 591-1222.  Payment must be made when registering.  For questions: alissa@cdt-dance.org
  • Find the Fall Quarter schedule HERE!  Fall quarter is 10 weeks, Sept 16 – Nov 21.  Registration deadline will be Sept 12.

Kids Dance Classes Summer 2019 Registration Information

When are registrations due?

Class registrations, along with payments, are due no later than the Thursday the session begins (see dates above).  Please register early! 

  • If minimum registrations are not met by the deadline, class will be cancelled.  Please register early!
  • If you miss a deadline, contact us as we may still be accepting students.  An additional late fee of $10 will apply
What does it cost?

$36 cash/check or $38 credit card for each 4-week session.

NO REFUNDS for payments or for missed classes.
No pro-rated prices for beginning after first class of session.

Missed a deadline? Wish to pay via credit card over the phone? Leave a message at (513) 591-1222 or email dance@cdt-dance.org.

Or pay here with credit card or Paypal account
(choose classes from the drop-down box below)
, and fill in the box below it with the Session #, student’s name & age.  To register for more than one class or session, add each selection to the cart.  New students must also turn in a registration form on or before the first class.  PLEASE NOTE: Session 3 registration has ended!  If you missed a deadline, please contact us to see if there is any space left in class ($10 late fee per family applies) – alissa@cdt-dance.org, (513) 591-1222.

Schedule Variations or Special Announcements

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Registration Forms

Download Brochure & Forms
  • Download Kids Dance brochure HERE.
  • Download Kids Dance registration forms & Policy/FAQ sheet HERE.
  • Or email dance@cdt-dance.org or call (513) 591-1222 for more info

Volunteer work exchange may be available to help pay for classes. See here for information.

Need help?

Please download the above forms (which include FAQs) before calling or emailing with questions.

After referring to these documents, please call (513) 591-1222 or email dance@cdt-dance.org  for questions or to register.

Kids Dance Schedule


Hip Hop for Kids with Jennifer McCoy, 6:15-7:00pm, Ages 8-12 (Studio A or C)  Sessions 1, 2, 3

This hip hop class is open to beginners and experienced dancers, ages 8-12. Musicality and rhythm will be a focus as dancers learn & practice the foundations of hip hop. This will help them master all their favorite steps. They’ll also learn how to move across the floor and will learn short combinations. Students will also be able to work on freestyle technique, encouraging their own unique talents and creativity. 


Tumbling/Acrobatics for Dance with Alissa Stachowski, Level 2, 5:00-5:55 – Ages 7 & up (Studio A)  Sessions 1 & 3 ONLY

This class will focus on tumbling and acrobatic skills that can be used in dance styles of Modern Dance, Hip Hop, or Musical Theater Dance.  Students will start with fundamentals and progress at their own pace.  This class is an advanced beginner level class for students who are working on fundamentals and variations on the fundamentals and then progressing beyond the fundamentals. This class will focus on proper technique and control, and not on doing advanced tricks.  This class will not cover advanced tumbling.  For ages 7 & up; teens and adults may also register.

Introduction to Ballet & Modern with Allison Jacobs, Tuesdays 6:45-7:30pm – Ages 5-8 (Studio B)  Sessions 1, 2, 3

This class will introduce your child to the fundamentals of Ballet and Modern.
Emphasis will be on developing proper technique, improving strength and flexibility, and increasing dance vocabulary.  Students will have an opportunity to utilize their imagination and creativity through various dance games and activities.  No previous experience is necessary.


Tumbling/Acrobatics for Dance with Alissa Stachowski, Levels 1 & 2, 5:10-6:00pm, Ages 7 & up  Sessions 1 & 3 ONLY

This class will focus on tumbling and acrobatic skills that can be used in dance styles of Modern Dance, Hip Hop, or Musical Theater Dance.  Students will start with fundamentals and progress at their own pace.  This class is a beginner level class for new students, and also for students who are still working on fundamentals and variations on the fundamentals. This class will focus on proper technique and control.  For ages 7 & up; teens and adults may also register. 

Shake and Create with Allison Jacobs, Wednesdays 6:00-6:40 pm, Ages 3-5 (Studio B)  Sessions 1, 2, 3 

In this class, your child will be introduced to creative movement and dance. Your child will have an opportunity to jump, shake, spin and wiggle, while using their imagination!  Fundamentals of dance, including ballet, will be explored with developmentally appropriate movement. 


Modern for Kids with Jon Lawson, 5:15-6:00pm, Ages 8 – 12  (Studio A)  Sessions 1, 2, 3

Students will learn and practice Modern Dance technique, including floor, center, and across the floor fundamentals, and dance improvisation will be introduced. This class would be be appropriate for kids interested in Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, or basic dance technique that includes movement on the floor. Beginning dancers as well as students with some dance experience are welcome.

Ballet for Kids, with Flora Leptak-Moreau, Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm, Ages 8-12 (Studio B)  Sessions 1, 2, 3 (updated 6/2)

This Ballet class is open to girls and boys ages 8-12.  Barre and center exercises will be taught and practiced, as students learn proper technique and ballet vocabulary.  Musicality, stretching and muscle strengthening will be emphasized.  New students are welcome.

Teachers’ Biographies

Shake and Create & Introduction to Ballet & Modern — 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. Allison is also well versed in Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater, Swing, and Contact Improvisation. Her dance teaching experience has been at 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.  In addition to teaching dance, Allison is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Psychology and minors in dance, honors, sociology, and art history. and has a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University.  Currently she works for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. For more information regarding her classes, please feel free to email her at allison@cdt-dance.orgAllison also teaches Ballet Basics: Stretch and Strengthen for adults & teens.

Ballet for KidsFLORA LEPTAK-MOREAU is a graduate of the Edna Manley College of 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, 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.  When she moved to Cincinnati, she established Kai Kweol Caribbean Music and Dance, which produced educational and entertaining programs.  Flora has taught and performed in Cincinnati in many schools and venues, including performances in CDT’s Area Choreographer’s Festival and Performance & Time Arts shows.  Currently she teaches Language Arts at Chase Elementary school.

Tumbling/Acrobatics for Dance – ALISSA STACHOWSKI grew up taking classes in acrobatics & gymnastics, as well as dance and baton twirling.  She has a BA degree in Dance from The University of Akron, with an emphasis on ballet & modern dance, and has taught dance, tumbling, and fitness classes to kids and adults.  Her classes focus on proper form, strength and flexibility, and progressing at an individual pace.  She and her daughter also participate in circus arts and parkour classes.  Alissa also teaches the Modern Basics 1 & 2, Tap Basics, and Ballet Basics 2+ classes for adults & teens.  Contact her at alissa@cdt-dance.org.

Hip Hop for Kids – JENNIFER MCCOY has loved to dance her entire life. After becoming obsessed with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album at age 5, she knew it was something she wanted to do forever. She learned hip hop on her own (hip hop classes didn’t exist), watching countless music videos, dancing with friends in basements, back yards, playgrounds, and clubs. She danced in a studio setting a few years, also doing gymnastics and cheerleading, and eventually went on to graduate from NKU with a minor in dance. Jennifer also loves and teaches ballet, jazz and tap, but hip hop is in where her passion lies. She dances with her performance team called 7th Station Dance Squad and is also a wife, mom and dog mom to her awesome family. 

Modern for Kids – 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.


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Volunteer work exchanges may be available. See here for information.