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Spring 2016 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/contemporarydancetheater

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.

Register NOW for Summer classes.
Check out the Summer 2016 Adult/Teen dance class schedule here.

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

Adult Class Schedule Spring 2016
Mar 21 – June 4

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

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

MODERN
No class Monday, May 30

Colleen Byrne & Amanda Lopez-Kurtz (A)

7:35-8:50p

BALLET Advanced Beginners & Intermediate Level
No class Monday, May 30

Steve Irwin (A)

7:05-8:15p

LATIN DANCE COMBO (Pre-registration required) 
Beginner/Advanced Beginner

Amos Brown (C)
TUESDAYS
6:15-7:35p

MODERN 
UPDATE:
Yoga/Pilates/Floor Barre classes May 3-23
May 31 & June 7 – Glenda Figuieredo teaching Modern Jazz Fusion

Michelle Morano (A) – will return June 14

7:30-8:45p BREAKDANCE (Pre-registration required), Beginner/Intermediate Brent Fields (B)
7:45-9:00p

MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION

Amanda Lopez-Kurtz, Judith Mikita & Kari Olson (A)
Amelia Heintzelman teaching May 31

WEDNESDAYS
6:15-7:25p

DUNHAM MODERN
Last Dunham Modern class May 25.
Changes to Modern with Amelia Heintzelman on June 1

Jeanne Speier (A)
6:15-7:15p HIP HOP Steve Irwin (C)
7:20-8:20p MUSICAL THEATER DANCE Steve Irwin (C)
7:30-9:00p BALLET BASICS 1: STRETCH & STRENGTHEN – Beginner level 1
(Pre-registration required)
Allison Jacobs (A)
THURSDAYS
6:15-7:30p JAZZ FUNK     Glenda Figueiredo (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
Irene Mirci (B)
SATURDAYS
10:30a-11:45a

MODERN JAZZ FUSION
No class June 4th for ACF Master Class (see below for pricing)

Glenda Figueiredo (A)
12:00-1:00pm

MODERN AFRO-CARIBBEAN
No class May 28

Flora Leptak-Moreau (A)
SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES: RARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE CLASS FROM EXCEPTIONAL GUEST ARTISTS 
Saturdays,
April 23 &
June 4
10:30a-12:00p
Master Class from guest artists from Pilobolus (April 23) and Area Choreographers Festival (June 4)
(Learn more about Visiting Guest Artists here.)

$15 Early Registration Discount (by the Thursday before the class). 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 2016: Modern, Modern Afro-Caribbean, Modern Jazz Fusion, Dunham Modern, Hip Hop,  Musical Theater Dance, Ballet (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate), Movement Improvisation, & Jazz Funk.
         
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 2016: Latin Dance Combo, Breakdancing for Adults, Ballet Basics: Stretch & Strengthen, Egyptian Belly Dance and all Kids Dance classes (Introduction to Dance, Shake & Create, Hip Hop for Kids, Zumba® Kids, Jr., Kids Breakdancing, Modern for Kids, Yoga for Kids, Boogie Babies, Wiggle Giggle Imagine).

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?

Guest Artists from Pilobolus Masterclass on Saturday, April 23 &
Guest Artists from Area Choreographers Festival on Saturday, June 4

$15 cash/check/credit card in advance  (through the Thursday before the class )
 |  $20 at the door credit card  | $19 at the door cash/check

Adult Drop-In Classes (Ages 13 – Adult)

Modern • Hip Hop • Musical Theater Dance • Dunham Modern • Modern Jazz Fusion 
 Modern Afro-Caribbean • Ballet
(Advanced Beginner/Intermediate) • Movement Improvisation, Jazz Funk

$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, March 21 – June 4

$100 cash/check or $105 credit card for 10-week session

Latin Dance Combo: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
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: Beginner/Intermediate

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
2 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.
Make-up classes for CDT cancelled classes (due to weather, instructor illness, etc.) – May 30-June 4

Download the Registration Form Here

OR see below for more help

Can’t afford to take as many classes as you would like?  
Volunteer work exchange may be available. See 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 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.

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. 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.

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 ADULTS (and mature teens, age 13 & up) — Join 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 also teaches private breakdance lessons.

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). 

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.  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.

EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE: TECHNIQUE & CHOREOGRAPHY – These classes will teach the foundational steps common in many styles of Arab Dances all throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. The dance course is taught in Classic Egyptian style, also known as Dance Oriental. Focus will be on the basic movements of the hips and chest, including: conscious application and practice of geometrical shapes particular to this ancient art (circles, spirals, figure eights); pulsating rhythmic movements (locks); and vibrating rhythmic movements (shimmies). Students will learn dance steps, examine Arab Folklore related to dance, and take a brief look at its origins and history.  A choreographed dance will be taught over the entire session.  Students should bring a scarf to tie around your hips to aid with body awareness. 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. 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.

JAZZ FUNKNEW!   Jazz Funk, also called Street Jazz, is highly influenced by hip hop dance but borrows movements from other dance styles. From ballet to modern to hip hop to lyrical, Jazz Funk incorporates all styles into a powerful way of self-expression, in a very funky style.  Since Jazz Funk is a mix of styles, all are welcome but be ready for some challenging combinations.  And most importantly, Jazz Funk is a lot of fun!

GLENDA FIGUEIREDO began her training when she was three years old in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her dance background is Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Traditional Brazilian dances and Contemporary dance, the last being her true passion. She has been dancing and teaching professionally for over 12 years. She has performed throughout Brazil, as well as in Argentina and Chile with a dance company from Rio de Janeiro.  She has been part of countless dance events (television shows and dance competitions) in Brazil with brilliant outcomes. In the US, Glenda was a dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus for 5 years, where she also had her aerial training and performed over 400 shows a year. After spending  time on the road, she went back to Brazil and got a degree in Education (Portuguese and English), but she was never far from dance. Together with her love and dedication for performing she has also managed to keep up a passion for teaching. Her goal as an instructor is to give her best to the students and bring out the best of them. Always intense, during her classes she looks for extra sources of creativity and energy. She is a kind woman and passionate artist ready to dance and live life to the fullest.

LATIN DANCE COMBO for Beginners & Advanced Beginners — This quarter we will offer a Latin Dance Combination class those who would like to get an overview of a variety of Latin Dance styles. Amos will introduce students to a sampler of Latin dance styles such as Rumba, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  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.

MODERN AFRO-CARIBBEAN  Develop a different way of moving through the Caribbean eyes and experience of Flora Leptak-Moreau, a Dominica island native. Capture the spirit of the islands while learning the technique of Afro-Caribbean dance intertwined with Modern dance in a unique style.

FLORA LEPTAK-MOREAU 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.

MODERN DANCE (See also Modern Jazz Fusion and 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.

Mondays:  AMANDA LOPEZ-KURTZ holds a BFA in Dance and an MA in Art History from Ohio University.  Recently, she has performed in Seattle, Washington with choreographers Noelle Chun, Alyza DelPan-Monley, and Pe|Mo physical theater group. She is happy to be back in Cincinnati serving as Executive Director of CDT.

Tuesdays: MICHELLE MORANO graduated with honors from Ohio University School of Dance.  She is a certified Pilates and Yoga teacher and has her own studio in the Kenwood area where she works with private clients.  Along with extensive performance experience, Michelle’s choreography has been seen in Cincinnati’s Fringe Festival, in collaborations with Moving Art Dance Company, and MamLuft&Co. Dance.

Michelle’s classes are mainly based on the modern technique styles of Limon and Cunningham.  Cunningham technique, which has similarities to ballet, works from good ballet alignment, from the center out – it uses lines, symmetry, and spatial design, all while utilizing the spine. Michelle will concentrate her classes on creating effortless technique to move from the center out with ease, and students will work on coming up and down from the floor.

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 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.

MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION — Participants will learn and explore the fundamentals of improvisation, including a variety of movement scores, structures, and approaches to creating dance “in the moment.” Exercises will build our capacity for thinking and moving compositionally, exploring the endless possibilities of our bodies in space. Each class will devote time to both personal exploration and community building through movement.

AMANDA LOPEZ-KURTZ holds a BFA in Dance and an MA in Art History from Ohio University.  Recently, she has performed in Seattle, Washington with choreographers Noelle Chun, Alyza DelPan-Monley, and Pe|Mo physical theater group. She is happy to be back in Cincinnati serving as Executive Director of CDT.

JUDITH MIKITA holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, and a BA in theater and dance from Indiana University. She currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati / College Conservatory of Music and has served on the facul­ties of the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Indiana University, Northern Kentucky University and Antioch College, as guest artists at Wright State University and Miami University, and art­ist -in-residence at the University of Utah. Judith’s choreography has been presented na­tionally and internationally, including the American Dance Festival, the New York International Independent Film Festival, Biagiotti Art Gallery in Florence, Italy, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Locally her work can be seen regularly in CDT’s Area Choreographers Festival and Performance & Time Arts Series.  As a dancer, she worked with Martha Clarke (Pilobolus), Gus Solomons, Jr. (Merce Cunningham), Lucas Hoving (Jose Limon), Marni Thomas (Martha Graham), and Loretta Livingston (Bella Lewitzsky).  She danced in New York, Chicago and nationally with the profession­al companies of Shirley Mordine, Jan Erkert, and Bob Eisen.  

KARI OLSON is an engineer and modern dancer. She trained at Case Western Reserve University and continued her studies at Contemporary Dance Theater, Tanze, De La Arts Center, and with Mam-Luft&Co Dance. Kari has choreographed for CDT’s Performance and Time Arts series and her PTA performing credits include works by Rachel James, Todd Juengling, and Shirley Maul and works created in collaboration with F. Keith Wahle and Kinesphere.

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. This class is 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. 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.


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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