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Spring 2015 Adult & Teen Classes

CDT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR ADULTS & TEENS

Our Summer 2015 Dance Class Schedule is now available!  Click HERE for our adult class schedule for June 1-Sept 5!

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

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 Facebook page for CDT classes.

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

Adult Class Schedule Spring 2015,
March 16 – May 30, 11 weeks

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

Time Class Instructor (Studio)
MONDAYS
6:15-7:15p VINYASA YOGA Megan Shepherd (A)

7:30-8:45p

BALLET Advanced Beginners & Intermediate Level

Steve Irwin (A)

7:30-8:30p

SALSA (Pre-registration required), Advanced Beginner/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 & Bill Donnelly (C)
WEDNESDAYS
6:15-7:15p HIP HOP Steve Irwin (A)
7:20-8:20p MUSICAL THEATER DANCE Steve Irwin (A)
7:30-9:00p BALLET BASICS: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN 
(Pre-registration required)
Allison Jacobs (C)
THURSDAYS
6:15-7:45p MODERN
Jacque Corcoran (A)
7:15-8:45p BALLET BASICS: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN
(Pre-registration required)
Allison Jacobs (C)
7:15-8:15p EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE: CHOREOGRAPHY
(Pre-registration required)
Irene Mirci (B)
8:15-9:15p

EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE: TECHNIQUE  
Advanced Beg/Int/Adv
(Pre-registration required)

Irene Mirci (B)
SATURDAYS
10:30a-12:15p

MODERN 
No class May 16

Chelsea Goettge (A)

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS 
Saturday,
April 25
10:30a-12:00p
Company Members from Lucky Plush Productions (Learn more about Visiting Guest Artists here.)
$15 Early Registration Discount (by Wednesday, April 22). 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 Spring 2015: Modern, Hip Hop,  Musical Theater Dance, African Dance, Vinyasa Yoga, 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 Spring 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).

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?

Lucky Plush Productions (Chicago) Visiting Guest Artist Masterclass on Saturday, April 25, 2015

$15 cash/check in advance  (through Wed. April 22)
 |  $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 • Vinyasa Yoga
• 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

10-week Session, Mar 16 – May 23

$100 cash/check or $105 credit card

Breakdancing for Adults:  Beginner/Intermediate
Ballet Basics: Stretch & Strengthen – choose Wednesdays or Thursdays:  Beginner
Egyptian Belly Dance: Choreography: All levels
Egyptian Belly Dance: Technique:  Advanced Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

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. Offered on Wednesdays AND Thursdays, now!

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 Health Fitness Specialist 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 JAM — Learn basic contact improvisation skills from Shakira & Bill 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. 

BILL DONNELLY has taught improvisation classes at Contemporary Dance Theater over the years.  Bill regularly performs in CDT’s Performance and Time Arts shows, as well as his own shows at the College Hill Town Hall.  During the day Bill works as a carpenter.

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.” 

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 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.

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.

Saturdays, Modern: CHELSEA GOETTGE hails from Athens Ohio where she was born, bred, educated and employed. Seeking to illuminate human condition and spiritual experience through her art, she shifts between dance, writing and vocal performance. Recently moved to Cincinnati she has performed in three Performance in Time Arts shows at CDT, collaborated with Pones Inc and is constantly seeking interdisciplinary collaborations. She was a co-founder of The Athens Dance Collective, an enthusiastic member of Tiny Spaces Dance Company and the Executive and Artistic Director of Appalachian Progressive Education Center. Chelsea performed in 1012 at the American Dance Festival in the Master of Fine Arts Performance. To date her proudest accomplishment has been orchestrating ‘Art for Social Change’, performance camps for teens in the Athens community.

Chelsea’s Saturday class will include modern technique & choreography, with some improvisation, and she describes her class as: 

STRETCH & STRENGTHEN the body and mind; 
embody PRESENCE in space and time
RELEASE TECHNIQUE to help you flow~ 
IMPROVISATION? a challenge to GROW!

COLLEEN BYRNE (Modern & Ballet Sub) 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.

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.  

JEWEL LOVE WALKER (Modern Sub) is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Ohio University’s BFA dance program. Jewel’s training is based in modern, jazz and African technique.  Since her graduation, she has been training and performing with Dayton Contemporary Dance second company.

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.

SALSAIf you already know the basics of Salsa, this class will take you to the next step. Amos teaches a combination of LA, New York, and Casino/Miami styles of Salsa. This class is for advanced beginner & intermediate Salsa students who would like to learn and practice Salsa steps beyond the basics.  This is a chance to learn some exciting moves, as well as get comfortable with the basics.  Register with or without a partner. 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. 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.”

VINYASA YOGAThis class provides an introduction to a variety of yoga poses individually tailored toward students of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels. In depth instruction on basic poses and sequences, as well as an introduction to breathwork and meditation, will be provided. Mats and props will be provided to help you safely practice yoga and reap the benefits of a regular yoga practice, which include stress reduction, flexibility, strength, and an overall feeling of well being.

MEGAN SHEPHERD has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has completed a 300 hour yoga teacher training program with World Peace Yoga & Cincinnati State, and is a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. Through teaching yoga, she seeks to help students become more peaceful and centered, as well as physically invigorated, strong, and flexible. In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, Megan teaches English, writes, runs, hikes, and bikes.

LARITA HAYDEN  (Yoga Sub) has a degree in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University, went through a sign language interpreting program at Cincinnati State, and will complete her Yoga training course at World Peace Yoga in July 2014.  Over her life Rita has known her share of pain and struggle. It is yoga, meditation, and healthy eating that have brought a peace to her that nothing else ever has. Now, she wants to offer that peace to people who might be victims of physical abuse, people who are in a state of chaos, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people who are struggling to feel healthy, people who have gone through a life-threatening disease, and anyone else who simply needs to experience a little more peace.


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 exchanges may be available. See here for information.

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