Teen Summer Modern Dance Intensive and Pre-College

JULY 22-26, 2024


Formerly known as MamLuft&Co. Dance and Contemporary Dance Theater



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An immersive week of Modern Dance studies

A week of Modern Dance studies with Cincinnati's Mutual Dance Theatre and esteemed guests from notable companies.

We know that when dancers go to college, they’re likely to study Modern Dance. And for so many college freshmen coming from studios, the experience can be completely foreign to them.

Whether or not your child is considering going to college for dance, our Teen Intensive is also just a great time to be exposed to a slew of teachers and styles in Modern Dance, to broaden their horizons and challenge them.




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Early Bird Rate


Register by March 31 to receive this discounted rate

Regular Tuition


Register between April 1-30 to receive this rate

Late Rate


This rate applies when registering on May 1 or later

Day Pass


5-Class Mix and Match


MDT Tee Shirt



$50 of your registration fee is a non-refundable deposit and will not be returned for any reason, including withdrawal, illness, or injury.

In the case of withdrawals, a written request must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the start of the intensive, sent to hello@mutualarts.org.

Refunds cannot be provided due to absenteeism, injury, illness, doctor’s appointments, or other reasons.



*Subject to change

Monday, July 22, 2024

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    WELCOME with MARCELLUS HOWIE, Intensive Facilitator from Mutual Arts

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE with KC LYPHOUT of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    MODERN DANCE MASTERCLASS with CHRISTOPHER RYAN, MFA of NKU Faculty and formerly of Emotions Dance and numerous musicals in Europe

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    REPERTORY with SUSAN HONER formerly of Mutual Dance Theatre

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE with KC LYPHOUT of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    MODERN DANCE MASTERCLASS with ELIZABETH RAMSEY of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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    REPERTORY with SUSAN HONER formerly of Mutual Dance Theatre

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE with KC LYPHOUT of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    MODERN DANCE MASTERCLASS with HANNAH WILLIAMSON of Wright State University and Mutual Dance Theatre

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    MODERN DANCE IMPROVISATION with ROWAN SALEM, Artistic Director of Synergy Series

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    REPERTORY with SUSAN HONER formerly of Mutual Dance Theatre

Thursday, July 25, 2024

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE with KC LYPHOUT of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    MODERN DANCE MASTERCLASS with TREZON DANCY formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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    BYOL & General College Q&A with grads from James Madison University, NKU, Carnegie Mellon, Texas Womans, and Kent State

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    REPERTORY with SUSAN HONER formerly of Mutual Dance Theatre

Friday, July 26, 2024

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE with KC LYPHOUT of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    CONTEMPORARY MASTERCLASS with IHAIAH MILLER of University of Cincinnati, formerly of Cincinnati Ballet Academy, North Florida Ballet Theatre Academy

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    ROLL MODEL METHOD with SUSAN HONER formerly of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    REPERTORY with SUSAN HONER formerly of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    SHOWING - Family and Friends and invited!



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Trezon Dancy, who hails from Hartford, Connecticut, is a choreographer, performing artist, and educator. Dancy has worked with numerous artists including Travis Gatling, Kim Stroud, Nathan Andary, Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown, Kyle Abraham (A.I.M.), and many others. Dancy graduated high school from Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, Connecticut. He received his bachelor degree in Dance: Performance and Choreography from Ohio University in 2017. Upon graduation, Dancy accepted a first company position with the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Currently, Dancy resides in Columbus and is the Artistic Director of InPulse Dance Company, as well as the Operations/Program Manager for OhioDance. InPulse Dance Co. is a freelance repertory company that upholds Dancy’s mission of self-expression through mind, body, and soul. The company’s vision is to support self expression through genuine and visceral movement, inspired by familiar life and human obstacles.

Dancy’s dance works have been presented at OhioDance Festival at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (2015); Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Harford, Connecticut (2015 – 2017); Battery Dance Festival, New York, New York (2017); West Fest Dance Festival at Martha Graham Dance Studio, New York, New York (2017); American College Dance Association, Kent, Ohio (2017); Project Jericho, Springfield, Ohio (2018); the International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance, Dayton, Ohio (2019); Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (first and second companies, 2017-2021); and the Ohio Dance Festival at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2015-2023).


Claire Dieringer is a 2016 graduate of Kent State University, from which she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude. Claire has worked professionally as the director of the dance program at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp in Pennsylvania, and as a dance educator at several studios. In 2017, Claire joined both MamLuft&Co. Dance and Seven Dance Company. She is now MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, as well. As a student, Dieringer was a member of the Kent Dance Ensemble and performed in faculty-choreographed concerts. In 2014, she performed at American College Dance Association and also studied at American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, studying with numerous teachers in multiple styles from all over the world. Dieringer previously served as the President of the Student Dance Education Organization of Kent State. Claire was recognized on the Dean’s List every semester of her college career while also receiving many accolades such as the Dance Faculty Award for Service to the dance division and Outstanding Achievement Award as an Emerging Artist Award.


Born in Osijek, Croatia, Ana Hart graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts & Design with a concentration in Interactive Design. In the summer of 2019, Ana attended the American Dance Festival and studied with Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Ray Schwartz, Maayan Sheinfeld, Noa Zuk, and Ohad Fishof. She was also cast in work by international choreographer Chien-Kuei Chang. Ana has also performed in works by Matt Pardo, Ryan Corriston, Christian Warner, Gregory Dolbashian, Stephanie Liapis, and Darla Stanley. Ana danced with Virginia Repertory Dance Company from 2019-2021. Ana is passionate about dance in the community and has been a volunteer with JMU’s Dance for Parkinson’s Program, later completing Dance for Parkinson’s Professional Development Training from the Mark Morris Dance Group under a grant from JMU’s Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship.


Susan Honer resides in Dayton, Ohio where she owns Present Body Pilates. She received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and her BA in Dance and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Ms. Honer collaborated with Mutual Dance Theatre from 2010-2019 as dancer, choreographer, and company director. In 2016, Susan choreographed The Double, based on the novella by Dostoyevsky. In 2018, with support from the NEA, Honer created Iceman 3000 which premiered in partnership with Contemporary Arts Center. She toured with Mutual for dance festivals, led master classes, and set repertory works. Honer’s independent work includes original choreography and masterclasses for Northern Kentucky University, Randolph College, University of Cincinnati, Northwest Florida Ballet, and Southwest Virginia Ballet. She proudly performed in the inaugural Synergy Series in Cincinnati. Susan regularly works with musician Sean Simon who creates original musical scores for her choreography. 


Marcellus was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Northern Kentucky University with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance performance. His dance training concentrations are Modern, contemporary arts, and Jazz Dance: studies include Graham, Horton, Limón, Fosse, and vernacular dance. After graduating, Marcellus developed an interest in the health, well-being, and longevity of others. He trained comprehensively as an apprentice for two years in classic Pilates repertoire which encompasses Pilates Mat, Reformer, chair, trapeze table, ladder barrel, and tower. Post-rehabilitation, injury prevention, and exercise physiology are his areas of focus. Currently, Marcellus utilizes Pilates as tool for out patient rehabilitation under the guidance of Physical therapist. He is looking forward to meeting you. Let’s dance!


Evelyn Lackney received her Bachelors of Arts in dance and communication studies from Western Kentucky University. Originally from Danville, KY, Evelyn danced with the WKU Dance Company and had the opportunity to work with various choreographers across various styles. During her time in Bowling Green, KY, Evelyn was trained by artists at Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, New Dialect, and Mutual Dance Theatre. Additionally, Evelyn has choreographed multiple modern works that were adjudicated and presented. Her choreographic pieces are known for their emotional storytelling, inspired by the belief that art exists in everything. She is thrilled to be joining Mutual Dance Theatre!


KC Lyphout joined Mutual Dance Theatre as a resident company member in 2023 after performing for two seasons with Dayton Dance Initiative, of which she is currently serving as DDI’s Company Manager, Choreographer, and Dancer. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, KC began her formal dance training at the age of 12 at Toledo School for the Arts. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Wright State University in 2021, KC joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 as a dance artist for the 2021-2022 season. As an emerging choreographer, she has been commissioned by Dayton Dance Initiative, Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, Suttle Dance Detroit, Ted-X Dayton, Toledo School for the Arts, and Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s Rising Choreographer program. As an educator, she takes pride in her work as a local dance instructor for competitive and recreational students.

While Jeanne is not teaching a course in this intensive, you will see and interact our Artistic Director this week!

Jeanne Mam-Luft is the Artistic and Executive Director of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers, which she partly founded as MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2007 (later merged with Contemporary Dance Theater, founded by Jefferson James in 1972). Mam-Luft holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Mam-Luft studied at both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival on full scholarships, as well as Carnegie Mellon’s acclaimed School of Drama, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and Point Park University. Her training includes Sarah Gamblin (Bebe Miller Dance Company), Mary Williford-Shade (Dance Alloy), James Caton (Ballet Metropolitan), Melissa M. Young and Nycole Ray (Dallas Black Dance Theatre), Ming-Lung Yang (Trisha Brown Dance Company), Tatiana Baganova (Provincial Dances Russia), and many others.  Mam-Luft was the Assistant Director of Contemporary Dance Theater for 4 and a founding member of Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. She is certified in Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau (NY) and is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. As an artist-producer, Mam-Luft has produced 18 evening length and 61 shorter works (35 of which she was lead choreographer). She was the first and only dance artist to be named a Cincinnati Arts Ambassador Fellow in support of an original dance-for-camera she choreographed, filmed, and edited. She served on the board of OhioDance (the state-wide organization for dance) for 6 years. She has been a grant panelist for both the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was raised in Texas after her family escaped the Khmer Rouge genocide. Most of her works are inspired by her family’s experiences. As a choreographer, her interests lie mostly in human connections and how that is portrayed through spatial relationships. She has guest-taught and/or set work on students at Texas Woman’s University, University of Cincinnati, Wittenberg University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, Tarrant County College, and Kent State, where she was an artist-in-residence in 2016.

Ihaiah Miller is a native of Jacksonville, Florida where they trained at the Douglas Anderson School for the Arts and Jacksonville University’s Dance with Distinction program. In 2003, they graduated from the Joffrey Ballet/New School University with a BFA in Ballet and Composition Studies and in 2016, was a “Reaching for the Stars” fellowship recipient at Arizona State University where they were pursing their Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre, Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship.

As a professional dancer, Mr. Miller has performed with the Eugene Ballet, Ballet Idaho, the Dance Theatre of Harlem “Dancing through Barriers” Ensemble (DTH) Coastal Arts Project, the Florida Ballet, and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Trocks) in soloist and principal roles. They have toured nationally and internationally, and have performed at prestigious festivals, in over 60 countries on 6 continents. They have performed many principal and leading roles in such ballets and works as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Raymonda, Paquita, The Little Humpbacked Horse, Flames of Paris, and Giselle, Harold Lander’s Etudes, Gerald Arpino’s Italian Suite, Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Norbert Vesak’s Belong Pas De DeuxSpring Waters, Mark Bogaerts’ Full Circle, Arthur Mitchell’s Fete Noir, Septime Webre’s Shoogie, and Peter Anastos’s Go for Barocco. Ihaiah has been photographed, written up, and reviewed in numerous press articles such as the New York Times and the London Daily Standard. Amongst their most notable performances, Ihaiah has performed at the Guggenheim Works in Progress series with DTH, performing at the Folies Berger in Paris, the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá in Colombia, performing for Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand in Bangkok, and my final performances at the Joyce Theatre in New York City with the Trocks.

In 2005 they founded a dance company, Diesel Dance, which later became Diesel | Fusion Dance Theatre (DFDT), and was based both in New York City and Jacksonville, Florida. Through DFDT, Ihaiah’s work has been showcased throughout Florida and New York, and has been performed at many festivals, benefits, and concerts including the 2005 and 2006 Downtown Dance Festival, the Women’s Professional Conference, the 2005 Black Expo, the 2005 Young Artist’s Festival, the 2007 Rhythms: Choreographers of NYC Showcase, 2008 Florida Dance Festival on Tour, the 2010 Emerging Choreographer’s Festival, and the Quigley House Benefit hosted by the Arts Edge School of Dance and Theater. In 2003, Ihaiah was privileged to create their ballet, Les Plaisirs Suite on the Manhattan Youth Ballet and in 2007, they choreographed the SDIII music video “1 Potato, 2 Potato, 3 Potato, Knish” for the Neoworld Productions Sketch Comedy Show. To date, Ihaiah has choreographed over 120 works throughout their career and looks forward to creating many more. In addition to this, Ihaiah has re-staged many of the romantic and classical repertoire including La Bayadere, Giselle, Les Corsaire, Raymonda, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, and the Nutcracker.

Throughout their touring and performance schedule, Ihaiah has maintained strong ties to their home and the community of Jacksonville, Florida. When not performing or choreographing, Ihaiah actively teaches throughout North Florida and New York. He has taught at the Kingdom School of Dance, the acclaimed Studio Maestro in New York, Sandra Cameron Dance Center in New York, Jacksonville Christian Arts Center, the Episcopal High School of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, La Villa School of the Arts, and the Florida Ballet Training center to name a few. Ihaiah was recently employed as the Principal Faculty for Contemporary & Choreography at the Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy for Dance from 2021 to 2023. Currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, Ballet and Contemporary dance Department.

In addition to their choreography and teaching, Ihaiah also maintains talents in design and has designed several posters, invitations and other publicity for The Joffrey Ballet School, Coastal Arts Project, The Cooper-Morgan Dance Theater, The North Florida Ballet Theater, and The Florida Ballet. They also regular designs and creates costumes for their ballets such as Melodic Noise, Stabat Mater, Stigmata, Rites of Passage as well as many others. their costumes designs have also been used in Coastal Arts Project’s Sleeping Beauty, Duane Cyrus’ Venus, and Jason William’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Elizabeth Ramsey (she/her), originally from Toledo, Ohio, entered her eighth season as a dance artist with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company this year. She graduated from Wright State University summa cum laude with a BFA in dance, and was also a member of DCDC’s second company for three years. She has attended several prestigious training programs throughout her career.

Elizabeth has had the opportunity to perform several of DCDC’s historical works such as “Vespers” by Ulysses Dove and “Children of the Passage,” choreographed by Donald McKayle and Ronald K. Brown. Other performance credits include works by Tommie-Waheed Evans, Rennie Harris, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Ray Mercer, Dwight Rhoden, Kevin Ward, and Crystal Michelle Perkins.

In addition to her performance experience, Elizabeth is a practicing teacher and choreographer. Most recently, her work “DEEP/END” premiered at the Jarson-Kaplan Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is her first Main Stage work set on the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. She has also set original works at Wright State University, the University of Dayton, and DCDC2, and has had her work featured in the Ohio Dance Festival’s Professional Theater Concert. In 2021 she was named Resident Choreographer for the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she also co-directs the junior dance ensemble. Elizabeth is an inaugural member of Dayton’s own Dayton Dance Initiative, a dancer-led collaborative project featuring the professional artists of DCDC and Dayton Ballet. Most recently, her DDI-created work “Love Letter for Mothers” was awarded first place in SALT Contemporary Dance’s SHAPE Choreography Festival.

Her experience with making dance for film includes her choreography for the WSU film department in a work titled “Anesthesiaphobia,” which premiered at the Dayton Art Institute in 2015, as well helping in the creation of many DCDC projects that have surfaced as a result of the pandemic. In collaboration with DCDC’s mission to extend dance education and outreach into a virtual space, she created a science-based lecture demonstration designed to help engage and teach children about the effects of climate change. This work now exists as a part of DCDC’s online education database.


Christopher Ryan began dance training when he was 8 years old, and his relationship with dance has been a consistent but varied one throughout his career.  Whether dancing in Emotions Dance, an improvisation-based modern company that focuses on social issues, being a dancer and dance captain in operas and operettas in several languages and countries, serving as the choreographer for the original German language production of Brücken am Fluß (Bridges of Madison County), teaching dance at summer workshops in the Alps for musical theatre performers and opera singers, teaching for colleges, universities, and academies in Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, and the US, or playing the Emcee in Cabaret 8 shows a week, he has really always been creating dance.  Being a full-time Theatre and Dance faculty member at NKU has meant he gets to continue that journey, engaging students with musical theatre dance styles, devised dance theatre, and innovative explorations of intersection, like Pitter Patter, the tap-meets-Shakespeare piece he choreographed for Dance ‘23, or Verbindung, the duet he made for Dance ’24, which saw him return to his modern roots.  Christopher is excited to be teaching for Mutual this summer!


Rowan Salem is a choreographer, performer, and teacher originally from Massachusetts. As an artist, her interests lie in compositional improvisation and philosophy’s links to movement. Her teaching is influenced by Humphrey/Limon technique, contact improvisation, and contemporary forms. Rowan earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance as a Teaching Fellow/Gretchen Moran Scholar at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her teaching affiliations include Amherst College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Rowan recently relocated from Denver, Colorado, where she held faculty positions at Colorado Ballet Academy (the official school of the Colorado Ballet), Aspen Academy, Colorado Academy, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has recently collaborated on and performed in the work of Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Kate Speer, and Tara Rynders. Rowan’s work has been presented at Redline Contemporary Arts Center, Counterpath Exhibition Space, Green Street Studios, and Art Gym, Denver where she was the 2017 recipient of the Create Award Residency.


Hannah Williamson, a 7th year performing member of Mutual Dance Theatre (formerly MamLuft&Co. Dance), is choreographer, Rehearsal Director, and performing member. She is a 2017 graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance – Magna Cum Laude.  She has performed in works by Dwight Rhoden and Clifford Williams of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, IN. Williamson is currently on the faculty of Wright State University.

Through her passion for choreography, she strives to communicate eternal truths where mere words come up short. Her prior works have been selected for such presentations as Columbus Modern Dance Company’s January 2018 Emerging Choreographer Residency, The Area Choreographers Festival (Contemporary Dance Theater), and Yes! Virginia Dance Festival (Richmond, VA). Williamson also received a commission from MDT for the creation of “Variations in a Brainstorm” (premiere 2021), which was heralded by many audience members as their favorite MDT work.

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Click on the activity name for a description. Listed in alphabetical order.

From Hopkins Medicine: “A few studies that looked into dance injuries found that injuries from using your joints and muscles too much are the most common in dancers. The majority of these overuse injuries involve an ankle, leg, foot or lower back…The majority of overuse injuries and even some traumatic dance injuries can be prevented.” This class includes a hands on lesson and demonstration detailing common dance injuries and preventative measures that can be taken to decrease injury, risk, and increase longevity of a dancer.

During lunch time, participants are free to do as they please! We encourage you to take a breath of fresh air outside on our 1.2 acres or to explore Cincinnati and the adjacent charming neighborhood of Wyoming. However, we have scheduled special activities for those who wish to partake! Dancers are to bring their own lunches OR they can purchase lunches where noted on outing dates. We do have refrigerator, microwave, hot water kettle, and toaster oven available for use. Please see the schedule for the date of each activity.


General, introductory information to college and dance program admissions, the difference between degree programs (such as a BA, BS, or BFA), and common types of college programs.


Students will watch a dance film or archive of a performance (which may include MDT’s work).


A send-off on what will surely be a hot day: eat lunch together one last time followed by an ice cream party and exchanging information to stay in touch.

The Modern Dance Masterclass Series features special guests with national repute. Mutual Dance Theatre proudly shares with its workshop participants esteemed professionals from the field. Participants will experience a breadth of styles — both in the dancing, as well as the teaching style itself — in order to expand each dancer’s palette.

Please see the schedule for their assigned dates.


This class will be a fusion of Horton technique and contemporary movement. We will work through a variety of warm-ups and technical combinations with a focus on fluidity, artistry, and breath.



Ihaiah Miller’s modern class is a blending of the Horton Technique the Paul Taylor Style and Ihaiah’s contemporary movement base. Rooted in strengthening, movement flow, and developing an emotional and narrative connection to the music and movement, the class is an energetic and fast-paced experience. The class has three sections, a lead-and-follow warm-up, progressions, and a final choreographic combination. Ihaiah hopes that you will enjoy their class and it will inspire you in your own movement and practice.

This concise workshop in Modern Dance Improvisation will draw from both Contact Improvisational Technique, as well as other contemporary structures, both borrowed and original. Participants will learn the difference between “improvisation” as the term is used in the progressive Modern Dance community, which contrasts fundamentally from “freestyle” in other genres.

In pursuit of a diverse and well-rounded training experience, KC Lyphout’s modern technique class blends a variety of classic and contemporary practices. Participants can expect to encounter a fusion of elements of Limon and Horton techniques as well as ventures into Flying-Low, weight-sharing and contemporary partnering, among others. The class will explore artistry and dynamism through technical exercises, phrasework, and improvisation with an emphasis on moving in and out of the floor, clarity, strength, and authenticity.

Modern and Jazz Dance share many similarities and origins, including stylistic qualities and technique. Often, there is a line drawn between the two techniques in order to decipher between. This fusion embraces the similarities between Modern and Jazz techniques and how they can be utilized to complement one another. Dancers are challenged to think critically about concepts, such as rhythm, textures, and theories regarding utilization of effort within these two genres.

Pilates uses a combination of approximately 50 simple exercises, which are repetitive in nature, to create muscular exertion. This system of exercises can be adapted to provide either gentle strength training for rehabilitation or a strenuous workout vigorous enough to challenge skilled athletes. The Pilates method continuously stretches the muscles, so that the muscle strains build longer rather than create bulk. For a dancer, Pilates also increases and builds technique, as it focuses on graceful and fluid movements that are the basis for many dance genres.

Learn choreography from Susan Honer, who holds the current record for the longest performer career as a Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre.

The Roll Model Method® is a soft-tissue conditioning, self-care fitness format that uses the various massage balls for self-myofascial release, aka self-massage. Class includes connecting to breath, comparing how a body part feels before and after the massage work, experiential anatomy and alignment, and mental awareness (such as conscious relaxation).

As the last gathering, workshop participants will perform in a live-streamed and open showing to which they may invite friends and family. Participants will share their Repertory work, a phrase from their daily Modern Technique, their MWF Modern-Jazz Fusion, and their Repertory classes.

Led by Intensive Facilitator, Marcellus Howie, students will break the ice, get to know each other, and become more comfortable with each other. This welcome session hopes to set a foundation for a successful week in which students support each other and a level of respect is established.

Students will explore how space, time, & energy can be applied to the technique needed in jumps. Dancers will learn how to artistically connect different styles of jumps, while focusing on the alignment needed in the body.

Students will learn how well-known turns can be abstracted to become more grounded & artistically shaped. Dancers will explore the connection of turns with various levels, speeds, and motivations.

8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45216 — Just 2 minutes off of I-75

Mutual Arts Center
8222 Monon Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45216

Convenient to I-75, Kroger (just a block away!), Country Fresh Market, charming small business district of Wyoming, and more conveniences. Located in a somewhat secluded area with pine trees and large yards on 1.25 acres, with plenty of free parking. Doors are locked at all times with video surveillance.



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This unique week-long summer program is designed just for teens to explore Modern and Contemporary forms of dance. We also provide them with the opportunity to gain exposure to college dance programs in the region.

Dancers will benefit from being in a robust program with other serious dancers, whether or not their final pathway is a degree in dance.

Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers’  professionals teach within academic traditions and invite esteemed professors of dance who will share with students information about their programs.

The Modern Dance Teen Intensive is an invigorating week of dance that is both challenging and supportive. This is a safe, judgement-free zone for teens to have fun and make new friends.

Generally, participants are 13-18 years old and very advanced.

If your dancer is not very advanced, we encourage them to attend, as faculty are supportive for all dancers at any level. We understand how intimidating it may be to be in a room full of other dancers who are learning more quickly, but we assure all dancers that we all have been there at some point. We have had many less-experienced dancers attend and enjoy the week tremendously, challenges and all!

If your dancer is younger and has a lot of experience, they can still sign-up if you are okay with them being in an environment with other teens up to 18 years old. If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to send us an email! hello@mutualarts.org

As an organization, we do not have a strict dress code, per se. Individual instructors may vary in their opinions. In general, we encourage Modern Dancers to wear movement that assists in their flow and does not impede footwork. This may include, for example, yoga or gym attire, however: we ask NO mid-driffs and for full bottom coverage at least to mid-thigh. We ask dancers not to wear shorts other than “bike shorts” due to the amount of open-leg floor and inversion work we do. Chinese kneepads are encouraged. Floor work is extensive: please have coverage for backs, arms, and legs available at all times

We advise you bring the following:

  1. Lunch if you don’t want to leave the Center campus. We have a microwave, fridge, hot water kettle, and stove available. However, within walking distance are: Kroger, Wendy’s, UDF, and Gold Star. Within driving distance are: Dragon City, La Casita, Penn Station, Country Fresh Market, Wyoming Community Coffee, Half Day Cafe, Wyoming Pastry Shop, Station Family + BBQ, Pollo Shaddai, Amma’s Kitchen (all-vegetarian Indian), We do BBQ, Song Long (Vietnamese), and more.
  2. Reusable water bottle. The drinking fountains are out of commission due to COVID. We will have filtered water coolers available.
  3. Layered clothing. The studio may get warm, but we recommend items to cover legs, arms, and backs for floor work. All of our floors are Marley. The lower level studio is cushioned Marley.
  4. Chinese knee pads. They may find these helpful if they are not accustomed to floor work. These are not soccer or football knee pads, but much thinner and made of natural fibers.
  5. Note-taking materials. Our seminars will contain great information. Writing it down helps you remember!

The Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers’ Teen Intensive will run from 9:00am-4:10pm. Our doors will open at 8:45am for drop off and our staff will stick around until 4:20pm for pick up!

Unfortunately, we cannot provide housing. However, we do have some trusted families in the city who may be able to host a dancer and are happy to make some introductions. Please email hello@mutualarts.org if you have serious interest in this.