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At our headquarters in Hartwell

Academy for Modern Dance

Ages 6-18, by placement audition (please email hello@mutualarts.org to get started!). Whether you're just looking for a more challenging class, or your child wants to take dance seriously, Mutual's Academy for Modern Dance is a welcoming, nurturing, and empowering environment. The youngest academy age recommended is 2nd grade, and the academy continues through high school.

ACADEMY FOR HIGHER TRAINING

In Hartwell (just off I-75, exit 10)

Recreational dance classes for kids and teens in Hartwell

Ages 2.5-18. No experience necessary, no auditions, no dress code, low time and financial commitment! All kids are welcome to explore their creatives selves in our recreational classes. If you're looking for the best results, we highly recommend attending at our headquarters, which differ in experience and staff support from the satellites.

Recreational Dance for Kids in Hartwell

In Clifton's Residential Neighborhood

Recreational dance classes in Clifton

Ages 3-10. Like all our recreational programs: no experience necessary, no auditions, no dress code, low time and financial commitment! These programs are "off-site" for us and will take place at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center satellite at Every Nation Church (with walk-over service from Fairview Clifton German Language School and Clifton Area Neighborhood School). Please be aware that we only have one staff person on site for this satellite and the classrooms are not traditional dance studios.

Recreational Dance for Kids in Clifton

For NAM Students Only

Recreational Dance at North Avondale Montessori School

Although our return and schedule are yet to be approved, please see here for our proposed North Avondale schedule. You may also pre-register with a full refund if the program is not able to continue.

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE AT NORTH AVONDALE MONTESSORI


Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive for Adults

MODERN DANCE CINCINNATI

Summer Modern Dance Workshop / Intensive for Adults

June 6-10, 2022
in Cincinnati, Ohio

For college, post-graduate, and professional dance artists

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An immersive week of Modern Dance studies

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An immersive week of Modern Dance studies with Cincinnati's Mutual Dance Theatre (formerly known as MamLuft&Co. Dance) and esteemed guests from notable companies.


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2022

In-person this June

We take COVID-19 very seriously here. Thanks to our care and precautions, we have not had one transmission in-house and have been having modified in-person programming since September 2020.

We are ready to have summer intensives and welcome you to join us with the following measures in place.

COVID Precautions

The health and safety of students are our first concern!
For this reason, we will enforce the following policies.

Symptoms

Any student exhibiting symptoms (including a temperature of 100.4º+) will be asked to go home.

Mask Policy

Masks are optional unless we have classes with children 4 and under in the building, in which case masks are optional. Faculty are encouraged to wear masks.

Contact Tracing

Students will be communicated with promptly if potential exposure has occurred.

On-Staff Physician

One of our instructors is a Tri-Health Medical Doctor and advises us regularly.

Proven Track Record

Our staff and programs have an excellent track record with zero in-facility transmissions this past year. We are confident that our diligence is backed by science and a genuine concern for every person who would be affected.

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2022 SCHEDULE

Monday, June 6, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

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    MODERN MASTERCLASS

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    LUNCH BREAK with DANCE-ON-CAMERA SHOWINGS

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    INTRODUCTION TO GRANT WRITING with JEANNE MAM-LUFT, MFA

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE with KENT DE SPAIN, MA

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

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    MODERN MASTERCLASS with COUNTESS WINFREY of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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    LUNCH BREAK with GROUP OUTINGS

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    MYOFASCIAL TAPING with ELENA RODRIGUEZ MOORE, PTA

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    INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO MANAGEMENT with CLAIRE DIERINGER of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE with KENT DE SPAIN, MA

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

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    MODERN MASTERCLASS with STUART COLEMAN of Dance Kaleidoscope

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    LUNCH BREAK with DANCE-ON-CAMERA SHOWINGS

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    INTRODUCTION TO NON-PROFIT FUNDRAISING IN THE ARTS with ADRIENNE McDADE-TAYLOR of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE with KENT DE SPAIN, MA

Thursday, June 9, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

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    MODERN MASTERCLASS with LESLIE DWORKIN, MFA awardee of the OhioDance Individual Excellence Award

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    LUNCH BREAK with GROUP OUTINGS

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    INTRODUCTION TO ACCUPRESSURE MASSAGE with LESLIE DWORKIN, MFA

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE with KENT DE SPAIN, MA

Friday, June 10, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

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    MODERN MASTERCLASS with ROBERT PULIDO of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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    LUNCH BREAK with DANCE-ON-CAMERA SHOWINGS

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    PILATES CERTIFICATION Q&A with COURTNEY ZIEGELMEYER of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    INTRODUCTION TO GRANT-WRITING with JEANNE MAM-LUFT of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE with KENT DE SPAIN, MA

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    SHOWING

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MEET THE FACULTY
Plus, COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Click on the faculty member's name to reveal their headshot, biography, and course descriptions.


JEANNE MAM-LUFT

Artistic and Executive Director of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center

Jeanne Mam-Luft is the Artistic and Executive Director of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center, founded as MamLuft&Co. Dance. She holds Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Mam-Luft is certified in Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau (NY).

As an artist-producer, Mam-Luft has worked with numerous Cincinnati organizations, including Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Arts Center, and Clifton Cultural Arts Center, producing 18 evening length works and 61 shorter works (35 of which were her own works). 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 in 2014-2015. Most of her works are spurred by her personal history as an immigrant and a refugee of the Cambodian genocide, which led to the death and continued impoverishment of many of her family members. As a choreographer, her interests lie in human connections and energy created by spatial relationships.

She served on the board of OhioDance (the state-wide organization for dance) for 6 years, was Assistant Director of Contemporary Dance Theater for 4 years, and is a founding member of Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. Mam-Luft has served on the governance committee of the local chapter of Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

She has guest-taught and/or set work on university students at Texas Woman’s University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Wittenberg University, Northern Kentucky University, Tarrant County College, and Kent State, where she was an artist-in-residence in 2016.

Mam-Luft has also worked for several architectural design firms and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. She is also a professional designer and photographer, a hobby baker, and a mother.

Course: Modern Dance Technique

​Modern Dance Technique with Mutual Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Jeanne Mam-Luft challenges students to fully utilize different forms of range (for example, range of motion/mobility, as well as range of the Laban effort qualities of weight, space, time, and flow). Through various patterns (with a particular emphasis on cross-lateral connectivity and head-tail connectivity), students will gain dexterity in body patterning/organization and form a strong foundation for executing movement that is new to them with safe, anatomical support and somatic acuity. The class is sourced from plural styles, referencing both traditional and non-traditional Modern Dance. Mam-Luft teaches that to master movement, we can use a methodology that combines intention, anatomical awareness, dynamic alignment, a heightened awareness of weight shifts, and follow-through.

Course: Introduction to Grant-Writing

What can dance artists expects when it comes to grants and funding? How does one find opportunities? Or, write a successful grant application? Mutual Dance Theatre’s Director provides a helpful introduction to grant writing for dance artists and explains some of the common misunderstandings of grants.

STUART COLEMAN

Associate Artistic Director, Dance Kaleidoscope (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Stuart Coleman began dancing in Lynchburg, VA as a student of Keith Lee and then at Virginia School of the Arts. He graduated cum laude from Butler University with dance departmental honors in 2014. Immediately upon graduating from college, Stuart joined Dance Kaleidoscope as a dancer and was promoted to Artistic Associate in 2020 and Associate Artistic Director in 2021.

Stuart has attended summer programs with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Ballet West. He has performed roles choreographed by dance pantheons, including the Revivalist in Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring”, the Crook in Paul Taylor’s “Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rehearsal)”, Talley Beatty’s “Mourner’s Bench”, and Nacho Duato’s “Por Vos Muero”. Under DK Artistic Director David Hochoy, he has performed in over thirty productions, including soloist roles in “An American in Paris”, “Carmina Burana”, and “Ravel Piano Concerto”. He has had new work created on him by Stephanie Martinez, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Brock Clawson, and Kiesha Lalama among others.

Stuart has choreographed over ten new works for Dance Kaleidoscope, including full-length dances, collaborations with David Hochoy, and site-specific installations. His choreography has also been featured in concerts produced by Phoenix Rising Dance Company, Ballet Theatre of Indiana and Butler Ballet. He was among three choreographers selected to choreograph on students at Butler University for a performance series across Poland and Russia in 2014.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis named Stuart a Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow in 2015. In 2021, he represented Dance Kaleidoscope at Water Street Dance Festival in Milwaukee, WI, teaching master classes and choreography workshops to students across the country.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

This class will be a melting pot of different styles of modern dance. Focusing on dance as an “externalization of the inner”, the dancers will physicalize their expression and artistry while exploring three basic tenets of modern dance: contraction/release, spiral of the torso around its axis, and shifting weight through space.

KENT DE SPAIN

Kent De Spain is a US-based movement artist who has taught workshops and intensives in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has performed internationally and toured to such venues as Judson Church, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Painted Bride. He is particularly recognized for his research and writing on movement improvisation, including his essay in the book “Taken by Surprise,” his feature-length documentary film, A Moving Presence: Ruth Zaporah and Action Theater, and his book Landscape of the Now: A Topography of Movement Improvisation.

Course: Improvisation in Performance

Improvisation in Performance: Structure and the Now — What do you carry into an improvisation? How can structures and rules of engagement promote freedom and creativity in the moment? How do you recognize and react to what is already happening in an improvised dance? How do you contribute and compose in a way that leaves space for others? In this workshop we will be looking at all these questions as well as the skills that help a string of spontaneous movements become a satisfying dance experience for performer and viewer.

CLAIRE DIERINGER

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre

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.

Course: Introduction to Studio Management

Learn about all of the aspects that are included with running a dance studio/center! We will cover things such as how to create a successful environment, the art of scheduling, growing your student-base, and so much more.

LESLIE DWORKIN

Winner of the OhioDance Individual Excellence Award

Leslie Dworkin, MFA, is an independent dance artist whose performance residencies include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research in NYC, and Jacob’s Pillow, to name a few. Her work has received much choreographic support, including grants from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, a 3-year residency with the Susan Hess Choreographers Project, and the 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Choreography. Leslie danced internationally as a member of the Melanie Stewart Dance Company and the Leah Stein Dance Company, and in the works of countless independent dance artists. She is an integrative bodywork therapist, a certified yoga and qigong instructor, and has been a guest artist in many dance departments throughout the U.S.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

Ride the Wave, Feel the Fall: This release-based class plays with the balance between ease, power, fluidity, specificity, and detail. Gaining inspiration from a variety of somatic techniques including qigong, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and improvisation, we harness our attention and access our breath, weight, soft joints, a fluid spine, and a sense of connectivity. Beginning on the floor, progressing through standing exercises and long phrase material, we will explore moving with greater expression and refinement— taking that grounded ease into complex spirals, spinal articulation, and off-balance movement that is dynamic, joyous, and fully charged.

 

Course: Introduction to Acupressure Massage

Energy Flow: Self-massage through Acupressure and Meridian Theory. The skillful use of energy (Qi) has a wealth of physical and mental/emotional benefits. In this class, we will explore some basic tools that promote greater energy flow and self-healing through a form of self-massage based on the Chinese acupressure system and meridian theory. Students will be guided through self-massage techniques, both on and off the body, that boost and balance the natural flow of energy, and promote relaxation and the reduction of stress. *As we will be sitting on the floor some of the time, you may want to bring a yoga mat with you for comfort.

ANA HART

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre

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.

Course: Mutual Dance Theatre Repertory

Over the course of four days we will learn and explore a piece from Mutual Dance Theatre’s Repertory! Emphasis will be placed on expressive range, stylistic clarity, collaborative dancing within a group setting, and performance quality. The dancers will have the opportunity to share the repertory they have learned through a culminating performance at the end of the week!

ADRIENNE MCDADE TAYLOR

Senior Development Officer for the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Adrienne McDade Taylor, CFRE, is the Sr. Development Officer for the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.  She is responsible for elevating the organization fundraising processes and sharing its impact.  She joined the Women’s Fund after spending 5 years with the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

Adrienne is a 2013 graduate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Arts Administration Graduate Program along with receiving her MBA from the Lindner College of Business.

Prior to entering the field of fundraising, Adrienne spent 3.5 years as a full-time registered stock broker and part-time dance teacher.  Adrienne also received her bachelor’s degree in Finance with a Dance minor from Millikin University.

Adrienne started her career path in fundraising through the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s diversity program, New Faces of Fundraising, which she is now serving as the program’s co-chair and involved in the national expansion of this program.  Her commitment to Diversity & Inclusion efforts extends beyond her role within AFP and in to her current role at the Women’s Fund.  Adrienne believes in the efforts towards evolving inclusive philanthropy and is excited about being a part of the movement! 

Adrienne has served in numerous roles with AFP Global including, co-chairing the New Faces of Fundraising program, is a Collegiate Chapter Advisor with the University of Cincinnati, serves on the Membership Services Committee, the WII Taskforce, the Committee on Directorship and Leadership Academy Committee.

Course: Introduction to Non-Profit Fundraising

Join Adrienne Taylor, CFRE as she provides a detailed overview of fundraising for the arts. Topics include: the development cycle, elements of cultivation & stewardship, and volunteers. Participants will leave feeling equipped to participate in the fundraising efforts of their favorite arts organization.

ELENA RODRIGUEZ MOORE

Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified in Myofascial Taping, and former member of MamLuft&Co. Dance/Mutual Dance Theatre

Elena danced for eight seasons with MamLuft&Co. Dance (now Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center) and served both as the company’s Repertory Rehearsal Director and a choreographer.

Elena has assisted in choreographing several shows for the company, including Double|Sided, a full-length work created in collaboration with Steven P. Evans, which premiered at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center during the 2015-2016 season.

Born in Queens, New York, Elena received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Cum Laude with a concentration in choreography from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. While at Goucher, Elena performed and studied under such esteemed artists as Gabriel Masson, Alan Hineline, Roger Jeffrey, Heather McArdle, Anne Hutchinson Guest, Mino Nicholas, and Janice Garret. After graduating, she moved to Dayton, Ohio and danced for SMAG Dance Collective under the direction of Michael Groomes, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. Elena holds a Physical Therapist Assistant degree and is a Physical Therapist Assistant at a skilled nursing facility.

Course: Myofascial Taping

Taught by Physical Therapist Assistant Elena Rodriguez, certified in myofascial movement taping, this class will explore some of the beginning concepts of myofascial taping and how they can be utilized by dancers. Dancers will explore the benefits and theories behind the process of taping, as well as perform some hands on activities to use myofascial tape on areas that are commonly injured by dancers. A roll of tape will be provided for participants.

ROBERT PULIDO

Company Member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Robert Pulido is a CSU Fullerton Alumni (2015) with his Bachelor of Arts in Dance and is currently dancing with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in his 6th season. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and abroad such as: Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. He dances many various styles or whatever type of movement is asked (from the head of the room) and he loves to teach hip hop, modern and contemporary. He hopes you enjoy the combo(s) and movement and take away at least one thing from the class whilst having fun.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

Get ready to channel your warrior with some fast technical and grounded movement. Be ready for hints of fluidity and contrast of attack that will challenge your stamina. Look up Malhari Bajirao Mastani to see and hear what’s in store.

JASMINE SNELLEN

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre (as well as Marketing Manager and Choreographer ’22 MODERN MIX)

Jasmine Snellen began her dance training at Louisville Youth Performing Arts School where she studied Martha Graham’s technique and classical ballet. Snellen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory and University where she trained with equal emphasis in Ballet, Jazz (classical, contemporary, & commercial), Modern (Graham, Limón, & Horton), composition, and pedagogy. Snellen has had the honor of training with Alan Arnett, Tiffanie Carson, Ting-Yu Chen, Maurice Fraga, Elijah Alhadji Gibson, Erica Helm, Linda Miller, and Lisa Startsman among others, including mainstage features by Mike Esperanza of Bare Dance Company NYC, Company | E of Washington DC, and Brussels-based artists Katie Vickers and Albert Quesada.

Jasmine has performed at Peridance Salvatore Capezio Theater in NYC, trained with LA Contemporary Dance Company and Sidra Bell Dance New York, and presented work at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Snellen is currently dancing, teaching, and choreographing as Company Director with Mutual Dance Theatre in her third season. Recently, she conceptualized, choreographed, and edited a five-part dance-for-camera entitled FFIFF (2020), which explores society’s rapidly shifting polarity, clashes of beliefs, and the tethers of groupthink.

Course: Introduction to Dance Content Creation

In this course, Jasmine (Mutual’s Marketing Manager) will workshop with participants on how to how to create concise, quality short-form dance content that also assists in finding or developing one’s artistic voice and brand.

HANNAH WILLIAMSON

Rehearsal Director of Mutual Dance Theatre

Hannah Williamson, a 4-year performing member of Mutual Dance Theatre (formerly MamLuft&Co. Dance), also functions as the company’s Rehearsal Director and the Academy’s senior ensemble. She is a 2017 graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance – Magna Cum Laude.  In college she performed numerous dance concerts and musical theater productions including The Great Gatsby and No, No, Nanette as well as a work entitled “Testament” choreographed and set by Dwight Rhoden and Clifford Williams of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduation, Hannah apprenticed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, IN and performed in the 2017 Bollywood production of A Night In India.

In addition to her work as a professional dancer, Hannah also has a passion for choreography. Through her art she strives to communicate eternal truths where mere words come up short. And she did that in her piece entitled “White Shores” which was chosen from among the entire 2017 graduating class’ works to be performed in the annual faculty concert. The piece was later selected through an adjudication process to the Columbus Modern Dance Company’s January 2018 Emerging Choreographer Residency and was selected to be performed at the 2018 Area Choreographers Festival in Cincinnati. As a member of Mutual Dance Theatre, Hannah choreographed a piece for the 2019 spring production. This work went on to be chosen for performance at the YES! Dance Festival in Richmond, Virginia and at the 2020 Area Choreographers Festival in Cincinnati.

Course: Assistant and Demonstrator for Repertory

COUNTESS WINFREY

Company Member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Countess V. Winfrey, a native of Nashville, TN, currently serves as a performer, teaching artist, choreographer, and rehearsal director for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. She began her dance training at the age of 11 at Wharton Arts Magnet Middle school and continued her training at Nashville School of the Arts. She later attended the University of Memphis as a Health and Human Performance Major, and a Dance minor. Post-graduation, she joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDC) pre-professional ensemble in 2012, which then led to her professional dance career. Countess’ professional experience includes DCDC and ClancyWorks Dance Company (Washington, D.C.). 

Countess has had the opportunity to teach master classes for The University of Memphis, the Grier School, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Shanghai Normal University, Bethune-Cookman University, and most recently was a Visiting Artist and Choreographer for the Ohio State University in the spring of 2021. Her experience in curriculum development for community arts education has led to her current position on the Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster. In addition to choreographing regionally for DCDC and DCDC2, she has also choreographed nationally (ClancyWorks Dance Company) and internationally (Kazyna Dance Company). Her most recent collaborations include an opportunity to produce and direct her first evening-length production entitled “Memories of Walking in Memphis,” which was commissioned for the University of Memphis. Career highlights include appearing as a soloist in “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” at the world-famous Bolshoi Theater (DanceMotion USA tour) and at Lincoln Center during Donald McKayle’s Memorial performance.  Additionally, she has toured nationally and internationally to Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Bermuda. She has performed works by Ulysses Dove, Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Abby Zbikowski, Dianne McIntyre, and Donald Byrd.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

This contemporary dance class will focus on strengthening and amplifying the individual dancing body with an emphasis on technical strength, stabilization and alignment, and movement expansion through full-bodied phrases. Class exercises are heavily influenced by the Horton Technique and personal investigations within improvisational structures. Students will have an opportunity to create a connection between technical rigor and performance intentions while exploring different dimensions of movement qualities.

COURTNEY ZIEGELMYER

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre

Courtney Ziegelmeyer hails from Northern Kentucky and recently graduated from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology. She has studied and taught a wide variety of movement techniques, including ballet, Modern (Graham and Humphrey), jazz, contemporary, tap, and acrobatics: skills which she uses as a faculty member at Mutual Arts Center. As a performer, she has had the honor to dance in works such as Chair Pillow, Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, Studio A, Will You Die With Me?, and Cuca Deluxe by world-renowned choreographers Yvonne Rainer, Doris Humphrey, Jennifer Harge, and Carols Pons Guerra, as well as participate in diverse concerts and festivals, including Arts in Color, A World Beyond, and Oakland Dance Festival. As a choreographer, she has collaborated in many creative processes including collaborations with chamber musicians. She is eager to share her passion for movement and the musculoskeletal system through new opportunities and experiences. Ziegelmeyer is a first-year member of Mutual Dance Theatre’s company.

Course: Pilates Certification Q&A

Company Member Courtney Ziegelmeyer will briefly introduce the requirements and commitments associated with a Pilates certification (in her experience) and will answer questions dancers may have regarding the benefits, disadvantages, and other aspects.

Early Bird Rate

$329

Register by March 31 to receive this discounted rate

Regular Tuition

$369

Register between April 1-30 to receive this rate

Late Rate

$399

This rate applies when registering on May 1 or later

Day Pass

$100

5-Class Mix and Match

$125

MDT Tank Top or Tshirt

$20

REFUND POLICY

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

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.

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

Join us at our home, Mutual Arts Center HARTWELL!

Mutual Arts Center
HARTWELL Location
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.

hello@mutualarts.org

513.464.6526

We also accept text messages

FAQs and OTHER POLICIES

Please scroll up for the refund policy.

This workshop/intensive is best suited for adults with prior dance experience. Many of the classes will move very quickly; however, we will never shame any dancer for having less experience. Most of the students are currently dance majors, recent graduates, or professionals.

Dancers with a foundation in Ballet or Jazz will also do well in our workshop! We highly encourage it for dancers who do not specialize in Modern: it is great cross-training.

There are no auditions! Like American Dance Festival or Bates Dance Festival, we do not audition students.

As an organization, we do not have a strict dress code, per se, for adult dancers. 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. We ask for no mid-driffs and for full bottom coverage to at least 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 are unable to provide housing. However, we have some trusted families in the area who may be able to host a student. Please email hello@mutualarts.org for an introduction. Be aware that we advise that students keep to certain hours and bring absolutely no guests to hosts’ homes.

For the summer of 2022, we can provide two partial work-study scholarships. Please contact hello@mutualarts.org for more information.

Many people reside in Cincinnati without a car and use the public bus system. It will add considerable travel time to many areas of town; we thus highly recommend staying as close as possible to 8222 Monon Ave, 45216.

If you are interested in auditioning for us, please consult mutualdance.org/audition. We also sometimes extend invitations to join the company when we see exceptional dancers.

We ask that you do not arrive at the Center earlier than 15 minutes before the first class of the day, as the doors may not yet be opened.

We advise you bring the following:

  1. Lunch if you don’t want to leave the Center campus. We have a microwave, fridge, how 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. You may find these helpful.
  5. Note-taking materials. Our seminars will contain great information. Writing it down helps you remember!

Due to COVID-19, we will inform all instructors that dancers are not to do any partnering work. We also as a policy will inform instructors that touch/tactile aid is not allowed this summer.


Summer Teen Modern Dance Intensive & Pre-College

MODERN DANCE CINCINNATI

Teen Modern Dance Summer Intensive

July 25-29, 2022
in Cincinnati, Ohio

For intermediate/advanced teens, a week-long immersive dive into Modern Dance with introductions to college faculty and numerous programs

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9

different faculty members

25

class meetings

12

different colleges represented

Why is Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers' intensive right for your teen dancer?

We know that finding advanced Modern Dance for teens can be very difficult.

We also 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.

That’s why we created our Teen Summer Intensive and Pre-College experience.

It's a nurturing, no-competition, self-affirming, but vigorous environment housed by the organization who knows Modern Dance best in Cincinnati.

REGISTER TODAY

Located conveniently off of I-75

Our arts center is just a few short minutes off of I-75 near a Kroger, Country Fresh Market, and Wyoming small businesses -- convenient for getting errands done. Our site is on 1.25 acres with ample parking and easy drop-off. All of our doors remain locked at all times with camera surveillance.

Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers
HARTWELL LOCATION
8222 Monon Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45216

REFUND POLICY

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

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.

SCHEDULE

*Subject to change

Registrants will choose their electives during registration/check-out.

Monday, July 25, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 1 with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre (James Madison University)

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    MODERN TECHNIQUE Series 2 with CLAIRE DIERINGER of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: Kent State University

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    LUNCH and COLLEGE TALK: TYPES OF DEGREE PROGRAMS

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 3 with Jasmine Snellen of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    COLLEGE INTRO: Shenandoah Conservatory

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with HANNAH WILLIAMSON of Mutual Dance Theatre (Wright State University)

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 1 with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre (James Madison University)

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    GUEST MASTERCLASS with MOLLY PEREZ, MFA (graduate of Ohio University and University of Michigan)

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    COLLEGE INTRO: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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    LUNCH and COLLEGE TALK: OHIO & KENTUCKY COLLEGES

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    GUEST MASTERCLASS with SUSAN THIEL, MFA (graduate of Western Michigan University and University of Michigan)

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    COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: University of Kentucky

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with HANNAH WILLIAMSON of Mutual Dance Theatre (Wright State University)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 1 with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre (James Madison University)

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    MODERN TECHNIQUE Series 2 with CLAIRE DIERINGER of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    PROGRESSIONS: INVERSIONS

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    LUNCH and COLLEGE TALK: NON-TRI-STATE COLLEGES

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 3 with Jasmine Snellen of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    PROGRESSIONS: Turns

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with HANNAH WILLIAMSON of Mutual Dance Theatre (Wright State University)

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 1 with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre (James Madison University)

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    GUEST MASTERCLASS with ROBERT PULIDO of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

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    COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: California State University of Fullerton

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    LUNCH and COLLEGE TALK: PREPARING FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS with COURTNEY ZIEGELMEYER of Mutual Dance Theatre (graduate of University of Michigan)

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    GUEST MASTERCLASS

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    COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT

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    MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE REPERTORY with HANNAH WILLIAMSON of Mutual Dance Theatre (Wright State University)

Friday, July 29, 2022

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 1 with ANA HART of Mutual Dance Theatre (James Madison University)

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    MODERN TECHNIQUE Series 2 with CLAIRE DIERINGER of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    PROGRESSIONS: INVERSIONS

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    LUNCH and COLLEGE TALK: DANCE-ADJACENT DEGREES AND DOUBLE-MAJORING with COURTNEY ZIEGELMEYER of Mutual Dance Theatre (graduate of University of Michigan)

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    MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE Series 3 with Jasmine Snellen of Mutual Dance Theatre

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    PROGRESSIONS: Turns

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    SHOWING PREPARATIONS

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    SHOWING

Meet the Faculty and Read Class Descriptions

Click on the faculty member's name to expand their section, revealing their headshot, bio, and course description.


All of our faculty members are college-graduates. Many of the faculty members hold a terminal degree in dance (a Master of Fine Arts). We have chosen highly accomplished faculty members, most of whom teach in university programs. Each faculty member will share information about the schools they attended and/or currently teach at and provide college recruitment materials when available.

JEANNE MAM-LUFT

Artistic and Executive Director of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center (Graduate, Carnegie Mellon University and Texas Woman’s University)

Jeanne Mam-Luft is the Artistic and Executive Director of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center, founded as MamLuft&Co. Dance. She holds Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Mam-Luft is certified in Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau (NY). She served on the board of OhioDance (the state-wide organization for dance) for 6 years, was Assistant Director of Contemporary Dance Theater for 4 years, and is a founding member of Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. Mam-Luft has served on the governance committee of the local chapter of Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. 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 in 2014-2015. She has guest-taught and/or set work on university students at Texas Woman’s University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, Wittenberg University, Northern Kentucky University, Tarrant County College, and Kent State, where she was an artist-in-residence in 2016. As an artist-producer, Mam-Luft has worked with numerous Cincinnati organizations, including Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Arts Center, and Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Mam-Luft has also worked for several architectural design firms and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. As a professional photographer, she will also be taking the students’ headshots and dance photos as part of the week activities!

College Spotlights: Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Texas Woman’s University (Denton, Texas)

CLAIRE DIERINGER

Programs Manager and Studio Director of Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Center (Graduate, Kent State University)

Claire Dieringer joined MūDa as a Company Member of MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2017 and became its Education and Outreach Coordinator in 2018. Dieringer’s duties include managing the education and outreach staff and volunteers and overseeing numerous programs that take place in up to 14 different locations (which sees 400 children who attend on a weekly basis, whether it be for 6 weeks or 30 weeks). Dieringer manages crucial partnerships with schools and community centers, coordinates educational lecture-demonstrations, and manages the organization’s financial aid program.

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.

Course: Modern Dance Technique

Claire’s Modern Dance class is an amalgamation of many styles/techniques which creates a movement structure that has flow, dynamics, and creative patterns. Each class will start with a comforting center warm up that allows dancers to focus on what each body might need. Across the floor and movement through space will also be featured by using all levels of space to find reach and groundedness. Discovering ways to be centered as well as taking the risk to fall will be a theme throughout.

 

Course: Inversion Techniques

Let’s get comfortable going upside down! We will approach inversions first through basic principles, then learning new skills each day. We will learn a few movement phrases that will incorporate everything we learn in class. If going upside down makes you nervous, don’t fret! There will be variations and modifications available. The goal of this workshop is to work in tandem with Modern dance class.

 

College Spotlight: Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)

ANA HART

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre

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.

Course: Modern Dance Technique

This modern dance technique class will reference Limon release technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, as well as conditioning from yoga and pilates in order to fully engage alignment and stabilization in the body. Emphasis is placed on movement that encourages performing in an efficient, grounded, athletic, and nuanced manner. Together we will explore concepts of release, suspension, and dynamics. Finally, we will support ourselves and one another in how we learn and grow as dancers, creatives, risk-takers, and community-builders.

 

College Spotlight: James Madison University

MOLLY PEREZ

Adjunct Faculty at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Molly Schneider Perez, a Pittsburgh, PA native, is a dancer, educator, and choreographer. She danced professionally with Mordine & Co Dance Theater, The Dance COLEctive, and the Leopold Group in Chicago, IL. In Atlanta, GA, she danced with CORE Performance Company, Staibdance, and Catelilier Dance Projects. In addition she also danced and traveled with international choreographers Alicia Sanchez (Mexico) and Beppie Blankert (Netherlands). Perez co-founded indieMOVE, an independent movement project. The duet company premiered several original works. In 2007 she received The Emerging Artist Award in Dance from the Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta. Her teaching includes heading the outreach program for CORE and working as a teaching artist for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Currently she is an adjunct professor of dance at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has served on the Board for Mam Luft & Co Dance here in Cincinnati. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University’s Honors College and an MFA from the University of Michigan as a Rackham Merit Fellow. She also is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

Perez’s Modern Class provides a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to movement vocabulary of classical, traditional, and contemporary modern dance. Students will develop fundamental and advanced movement principles. All while emphasizing the cultivation of modern dance techniques, quality, aesthetic, improvisational structures and performance skills. Emphasis on an embodied connectivity and tensile surrendering acceptance to space, energy and gravitational constructs. There will be use of asymmetrical and curvilinear space. Rooted in both her Graham and Release background, students will be exposed to the “give and go” of modern technique.

 

College Spotlight: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

ROBERT PULIDO

Company Member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Robert Pulido is a CSU Fullerton Alumni (2015) with his Bachelor of Arts in Dance and is currently dancing with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in his 6th season. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and abroad such as: Russia, China, and Kazakhstan. He dances many various styles or whatever type of movement is asked (from the head of the room) and he loves to teach hip hop, modern and contemporary. He hopes you enjoy the combo(s) and movement and take away at least one thing from the class whilst having fun.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

Get ready to channel your warrior with some fast technical and grounded movement. Be ready for hints of fluidity and contrast of attack that will challenge your stamina. Look up Malhari Bajirao Mastani to see and hear what’s in store.

 

College Spotlight: California State University of Fullerton

ROWAN SALEM, MFA

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre (Graduate, Smith College)

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.

Course: Daily Modern Dance Technique

JASMINE SNELLEN

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre (as well as Marketing Manager and Choreographer ’22 MODERN MIX)

Jasmine Snellen began her dance training at Louisville Youth Performing Arts School where she studied Martha Graham’s technique and classical ballet. Snellen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory and University where she trained with equal emphasis in Ballet, Jazz (classical, contemporary, & commercial), Modern (Graham, Limón, & Horton), composition, and pedagogy. Snellen has had the honor of training with Alan Arnett, Tiffanie Carson, Ting-Yu Chen, Maurice Fraga, Elijah Alhadji Gibson, Erica Helm, Linda Miller, and Lisa Startsman among others, including mainstage features by Mike Esperanza of Bare Dance Company NYC, Company | E of Washington DC, and Brussels-based artists Katie Vickers and Albert Quesada.

Jasmine has performed at Peridance Salvatore Capezio Theater in NYC, trained with LA Contemporary Dance Company and Sidra Bell Dance New York, and presented work at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Snellen is currently dancing, teaching, and choreographing as Company Director with Mutual Dance Theatre in her third season. Recently, she conceptualized, choreographed, and edited a five-part dance-for-camera entitled FFIFF (2020), which explores society’s rapidly shifting polarity, clashes of beliefs, and the tethers of groupthink.

Course: Modern Dance Technique Series 3

Jasmine’s Modern Dance Technique class will be a fusion of Graham, Limon, and Horton techniques with an added component of contemporary aesthetics and release-based body patterns.

 

Course: Turns Add-On

Quick progressions will focus on exercising and refining turning skills.

 

College Spotlight: Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Virginia)

SUSAN THIEL

Director of Dance at the University of Kentucky (Graduate, University of Michigan)

Susie Thiel is a multi-media artist, choreographer, performer and educator. She is currently the Director of the Dance Program and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. She has performed with several modern dance companies, including the New York Dance Collective, Genesis Dance Company, Sharon Fogarty Dance Theatre and the Impulse Initiative. Her musical theatre choreography for The Days of ’98 Show ran for three seasons in Skagway, Alaska. Most recently her work has been presented at the University of Kentucky in Theatre and the Opera Theatre productions, Green Space Studio (NYC), The Seagle Music Colony (NY), Jennifer Muller/Hatch the Presenting Series (NYC), The American College Dance Festival (GA, AR), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conference in Miami, The Moving Collective (KY) The Cincinnati Fringe Festival (OH) Anne Bogart’s Barn (NY), and the Detroit Dance City Festival (MI). Susie recently created a new group work in collaboration with her dancers and a solo work that will premiere at the Inner Mongolia University Art College, China this October 2015.

Course: Modern Dance Masterclass

In this class, we will embrace the creative side of modern dance as well as the technical. Advanced vocabularies drawn from a range of styles blended with post-modern strategies is explored. This class also prepares the dancer to subvert habitual movement choices and experiment with improvisational elements throughout the class.

 

College Spotlight: University of Kentucky

HANNAH WILLIAMSON

Rehearsal Director of Mutual Dance Theatre (Graduate, Wright State University)

Hannah Williamson, a 4-year performing member of Mutual Dance Theatre (formerly MamLuft&Co. Dance), also functions as the company’s Rehearsal Director and the Academy’s senior ensemble. She is a 2017 graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance – Magna Cum Laude.  In college she performed numerous dance concerts and musical theater productions including The Great Gatsby and No, No, Nanette as well as a work entitled “Testament” choreographed and set by Dwight Rhoden and Clifford Williams of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduation, Hannah apprenticed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, IN and performed in the 2017 Bollywood production of A Night In India.

In addition to her work as a professional dancer, Hannah also has a passion for choreography. Through her art she strives to communicate eternal truths where mere words come up short. And she did that in her piece entitled “White Shores” which was chosen from among the entire 2017 graduating class’ works to be performed in the annual faculty concert. The piece was later selected through an adjudication process to the Columbus Modern Dance Company’s January 2018 Emerging Choreographer Residency and was selected to be performed at the 2018 Area Choreographers Festival in Cincinnati. As a member of Mutual Dance Theatre, Hannah choreographed a piece for the 2019 spring production. This work went on to be chosen for performance at the YES! Dance Festival in Richmond, Virginia and at the 2020 Area Choreographers Festival in Cincinnati.

Course Description: Repertory

Learn Mutual Dance Theatre original choreography with Mutual’s Rehearsal Director, Hannah Williamson.

 

College Spotlight: Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio)

College Talk: Preparing for College Admissions

Company Member Courtney Ziegelmeyer applied to 7 different college programs when she searched for her perfect undergraduate fit. In this College Talk, Ziegelmeyer discusses the different application and audition processes an applicant can expect while providing tips on how best to prepare.

 

College Talk: Dance-Adjacent Degrees and Double-Majoring

Company Member Courtney Ziegelmeyer double-majored as an undergraduate in both Dance and Movement Science in Kinesiology. These related degrees are actually not uncommon for dancers to double-major in. Many dancers find that a traditional degree paired with a Dance degree expands not only their knowledge-base, but also their hireability. Meet with Courtney to discuss your varied interests and discuss her experiences as a double-major.

COURTNEY ZIEGELMYER

Company Member of Mutual Dance Theatre

Courtney Ziegelmeyer hails from Northern Kentucky and recently graduated from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology. She has studied and taught a wide variety of movement techniques, including ballet, Modern (Graham and Humphrey), jazz, contemporary, tap, and acrobatics: skills which she uses as a faculty member at Mutual Arts Center. As a performer, she has had the honor to dance in works such as Chair Pillow, Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, Studio A, Will You Die With Me?, and Cuca Deluxe by world-renowned choreographers Yvonne Rainer, Doris Humphrey, Jennifer Harge, and Carols Pons Guerra, as well as participate in diverse concerts and festivals, including Arts in Color, A World Beyond, and Oakland Dance Festival. As a choreographer, she has collaborated in many creative processes including collaborations with chamber musicians. She is eager to share her passion for movement and the musculoskeletal system through new opportunities and experiences. Ziegelmeyer is a first-year member of Mutual Dance Theatre’s company.

Early Bird Rate

$249

Register by March 31 to receive this discounted rate

Regular Tuition

$299

Register between April 1 and May 31 to receive this rate

Late Rate

$349

This rate applies when registering on June 1 or later

Day Pass

$100

5-Class Mix and Match

$125

MDT Tank Top or Tshirt

$20

COVID Precautions

The health and safety of students are our first concern!
For this reason, we will enforce the following policies.

Symptoms

Any student exhibiting symptoms (including a temperature of 100.4º+) will be asked to go home.

Mask Policy

Masks are optional unless we have classes with children 4 and under in the building, in which case masks are optional. Faculty are encouraged to wear masks.

Contact Tracing

Students will be communicated with promptly if potential exposure has occurred.

On-Staff Physician

One of our instructors is a Tri-Health Medical Doctor and advises us regularly.

Proven Track Record

Our staff and programs have an excellent track record with zero in-facility transmissions this past year. We are confident that our diligence is backed by science and a genuine concern for every person who would be affected.

CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS

FAQs and OTHER POLICIES

Please scroll up for the refund policy.

This unique week-long summer program is designed just for teens to explore Modern and Contemporary forms of dance, as well as to gain exposure to college dance programs in the region.
Consider this a pre-college dance experience for young dancers.
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, 13-18 years old for advanced teen dancers, but if your dancer is younger and has a lot of experience we also welcome them to sign up! This intensive is for dancers with a lot of training and experience. 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. 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, how 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. You may find these helpful.
  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.

Due to COVID-19, we will inform all instructors that dancers are not to do any partnering work. We also as a policy will inform instructors that touch/tactile aid is not allowed this summer.


Summer Programs

Summer Programs at Mutual Arts Centers

All programs take place at our headquarters in Hartwell (45216)

Camp for ages 2 ½ through 10
Teen Intensive/Pre-College for Advanced Youth
Adult Intensive, No Auditions Required

At our headquarters in Hartwell

Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive and Pre-College

An annual favorite, this program exposes teen dancers to a plethora of university programs, professional artists, and more. With a special focus on Modern Dance, this intensive is rare in the region.

TEEN INTENSIVE/PRE-COLLEGE

At our headquarters in Hartwell

Summer Modern Dance Workshop / Intensive for Adults

Our summer tradition that has continued for over 10 years brings together professionals and college students from around the country. We feature amazing guest artists each summer. The opportunity to train with our resident company leading the way is memorable and meaningful. Make plans to join us!

SUMMER WORKSHOP/INTENSIVE FOR ADULTS

At our headquarters in Hartwell

Summer Dance and Creativity Camp

Now with half-day options for pre-schoolers, our award-winning Summer Dance and Creativity Camp now has a permanent home in our headquarters in Hartwell. Children enjoy a day of learning kids bop, Modern Dance, and Creative Movement, while supplementing their movement activities with loads of crafts and other fun activities.

SUMMER DANCE AND CREATIVITY CAMP


In Clifton

Recreational dance classes for kids in Clifton

 No auditions
Placed by grade
End-of-the-year recital with other program locations
Connected to Fairview Clifton and CANS

Clifton Cultural Arts Center Satellite at Every Nation Church

Corner of Clifton Ave and Woolper, across the street from Fairview Clifton German Language School and Clifton Area Neighborhood School

3722 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

MAP IT

NO AUDITIONS, LOW-COMMITMENT

  • Walk-over service from CANS and Fairview Clifton German School
  • Classes for PreK-4th Grade. Looking for older age groups? Check out our Hartwell Location!
  • Classes are grouped by grade for the 22-23 school year
  • No audition required: just sign up!
  • Can take as few or as many classes as you’d like!

  • Abilities may be mixed within a class
  • Classes need 4-5 students for it to run
  • 10% discount applied to total monthly tuition when you sign up more than 1 child/class
  • Financial aid is available
  • Additional (not included in tuition) costs include: recital tickets and optional memorabilia purchases

Our classes in Clifton will start on

September 6, 2022

 

Final class date is TBA. We are booking our recital venue very soon- stay tuned!

May 2023

September 5, 2022 - No school, no dance

September 26, 2022 - No school, no dance

November 8, 2022 - No school, no dance

November 11, 2022 - No school, no dance

November 20 - 27, 2022 - Fall Break

December 18, 2022 - January 1, 2023 - Winter Break

January 2, 2023 - No school, no dance

January 16, 2023 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 27, 2023 - No school, no dance

February 13, 2023 - No school, no dance

March 13, 2023 - No school, no dance

March 26 - April 2, 2023 - Spring Break

September 6, 2022 - Classes Start!

December 12 - 17, 2022 - Parent Watch Week

January 31, 2023 - Last day to register for any class

April-May, 2023 ALL CLASSES MANDATORY to prep for recital

MAY 2023 TBA - Recital Date

CLASSES

LISTED IN ORDER OF DAY THEN TYPE

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PLEASE NOTE: The tuition listed below is paid MONTHLY for 9 months. (The full year is averaged per month.) A $30 non-refundable annual registration fee is due at the time of signing-up. Your first month's tuition will come out in September and continue automatically each month.

 

If finances are the reason you are not signing up for classes, please reach out to us! We have financial aid available. Hello@mutualarts.org

(Please make sure to scroll inside the box below to see all the options)

Looking for new dancewear and/or dance shoes? We highly recommend our friends at Northern Kentucky Dancwear!

 

What classes should you sign-up for?

These descriptions apply only to our regular-term classes that occur from fall through spring.
For summer programming, please see those individual pages.

Types of Classes

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Age, Grade, or Level 22-23

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Have questions? Contact us at hello@mutualarts.org or 513.494.6526.

Looking for more? 

We have many other class options for more age groups (toddler – adult) at our new arts center!


Private Lessons

Private Lessons and Solos

Private lessons and solo work are encouraged for every dancer!
Private lessons and solo work is available for anyone. You do not have to be in the Academy programhowever, solos can only be performed in the end-of-year recital by Academy Level III and IV (and the choreographer must be approved by the center). Pre-College students are the only students who can perform self-choreographed solos in the recital. See below for details.

Choreographed Solo

Who: Any one can hire a choreographer for a solo. However, only our Academy students in Level III and IV can perform it in the recital.

Service includes: choreography of 3 or less minutes, 5 teaching/coaching sessions and studio rental for 30 minutes each, feedback after recital dress rehearsal, and costume for recital.

Cost: $248 or $28/mo for student taking 4 or more other classes with us. The normal rate, otherwise is $310 ($35/mo). Students taking 2 classes receive 10% off, students taking 3 get 15% off.

Self-Choreographed Solo for Recital

Who: Only pre-college students in our Academy program can perform a self-choreographed solo in the recital.

Cost includes: 2 teaching/coaching sessions and studio rental for 30 minutes each, feedback after recital dress rehearsal, and costume for recital. Solo will require final approval before the show.

Cost: $164 or $19/mo for student taking 4 or more other classes with us. The normal rate, otherwise is $205 ($23/mo). Students taking 2 classes receive 10% off, students taking 3 get 15% off.

Private Lesson

Who: Any one can have a private lesson, whether a student in our arts center programs or not!

Service includes: teaching/coaching sessions and studio rental.

Cost: $30 for ½ hour, $60 for 1-hour. Add-on private lessons are not eligible for the multiple class discount.

Extra Studio Time

Who: Students in the Academy (Levels I – IV)

Service includes: 1-hr of studio rental for individual dance work.

Cost: Students in our Academy pay only $5 to use a dance studio to work individually when other classes are occurring and adult supervision is available (i.e., their parents must be present if office staff is not already there). This cannot be used for private lesson time with a person outside of our faculty. Otherwise, normal rental rates apply.

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    Academy for Modern Dance

    The City's Only Academy for Modern Dance

    For serious dancers, committed to being the best they can be. Levels are based on audition (Aug 6, 2022). The only program in Cincinnati specializing in Modern Dance.

    22-23 ACADEMY PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2022

    For ages 6-18

    email hello@mutualarts.org if you have any questions!

    Our Academy isn't just for kids who want to grow up to be dancers.

    It’s about…

    Having fun

    Working hard

    Learning

    Growing as a person

    Making lifelong friends and memories

    Mutual Dance Theatre’s new Modern Dance Academy is intended to nurture, support, and challenge young dancers who want to grow as movers.

    We are working to change dance studio culture: we want to throw out elitism and abuse that traditionally runs rampant in the field of dance, we want to empower young people to find the artist in them, and we want dancers’ families to enjoy a welcoming and safe community.

    Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers’ Academy for Modern Dance for young people who are simply ready for more serious environments, more advanced expectations, and taking multiple classes that are designed to work together as a whole.

    We don’t tolerate body-shaming. We don’t tolerate racism. We don’t tolerate abuse, including verbal abuse. We value individualism. We value collaboration. We work to empower, not break down.

    If this sounds like a community you want to be a part of, we invite you to grow with us!!!

    MORE SERIOUS STUDY FOR YOUTH WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT DANCE

    Financial aid is available: low-income families are HIGHLY encouraged to apply. Please click each tab below to better understand each level.

    AUDITION INFORMATION

    DATE:

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2022

    TIMES:

    5th Grade & Under: 3:00-4:00pm

    6th Grade & Up: 4:30-5:30pm

    RECOMMENDED ACADEMY AGES:

    6 – 18 years old

    LOCATION:

    Mutual Dance Theatre & Arts Centers HARTWELL
    8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45216

    DRESS CODE: NONE! ALL ARE WELCOME. Wear comfortable clothing that facilitates movement.  The audition will be conducted barefoot.

    CAN’T MAKE BE THERE? Send us an email to set up a make-up audition. hello@mutualarts.org

    By clicking this button, you will be asked to make an account before registering! If you are a new dance family, you will need to make an account. For or returning families- this is the account you have been using all year!

    ACADEMY LEVELS

    CLASSES AND COMMITMENT

    We highlight the commitments and expectations for each level in separate “tabs” below. Please click on each level. These expectations may be adjusted based on the group of youth who audition.

    PLACEMENT CRITERIA FOR LEVEL I

    Students who are placed into Level I should ALREADY be able to demonstrate the following. It will be very normal, and should be expected, that a child starting in Level I may stay in Level I for more than a year. Children who do not meet the criteria at the time of the audition are highly encouraged to study in the recreational program until they are ready to meet the following.

    • Able to pay attention for not only a whole 1-hr class, but multiple classes in a row.
    • Listens well and is able to follow verbal directions.
    • Self-disciplined and does not cause distractions to other dancers.
    • Demonstrates a desire to dance, enjoys class, participates without having to be asked to, does not ask for frequent breaks, stays on-task.

    COMMITMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR LEVEL I

    • Modern – 1 hr – twice a week
    • Ballet – 1hr – once a week
    • Total: 4 hrs per week
    • Tuition: $177.60/month (reflects 20% discount of would-be individual class prices) + $30 registration fee.
    • Tuition includes costumes for all classes, may require some additional pieces from home, does NOT include shoes.

    PLACEMENT CRITERIA FOR LEVEL II

    A dancer placed into Level II should ALREADY demonstrate the following at the time of the audition. There is a significant difference between Level I and Level II, as well as Level II and Level III. It should be expected and normal for a student to stay in Level II for multiple years.

    • All of Level I requirements, plus…
    • Demonstrates knowledge of parallel vs. turned out, both stationary and moving through space.
    • Demonstrates knowledge and usage of pointed feet vs. flexed feet, both stationary and moving through space.
    • Demonstrates correct placement of a pointed foot in retiré (at the knee).
    • Correctly uses right vs. left sides.
    • Demonstrates and identifies correctly chaîné and pirouette turns.
    • Able to use specific arm placements and movements while legs and torso are doing other movements.
    • Able to move to counts of the music.
    • Demonstrates spatial awareness and ability to change formations without instructor assistance.

    COMMITMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR LEVEL II

    • Modern – 1 hr – twice a week
    • Ballet – 1 hr – twice a week
    • Jazz – 45 min – once a week
    • Total: 4.75 hrs per week
    • Tuition: $216.80/month (reflects 20% discount of would-be individual class prices) + $30 registration fee.
    • Tuition includes costumes for all classes, may require some additional pieces from home, does NOT include shoes.

    PLACEMENT CRITERIA FOR LEVEL III

    Dancers who are placed into Level III should ALREADY demonstrate the following at the time of the audition. There is a significant difference between Level II and Level III. Advancement from II into III is not automatic.

    • Criteria from Levels I and II, plus…
    • Strong awareness of body and line, including alignment and facings of the body.
    • Shows enthusiasm and performance qualities while dancing in class, without an audience.
    • Learns quickly through both aural and visual means.
    • Able to retain and memorize longer phrases of movement.
    • Able to dance on counts throughout entire phrases.
    • Demonstrates and appropriately uses different qualities of movement, including weightedness, lightness, sharpness, accents (impact, impulse, and swing), quick movement, sustained movement, direct, indirect, and others.
    • Demonstrates skill in various types of turns.
    • Demonstrates flexibility and strength, both stationary and in movement, including in leg extensions and in the back.
    • Demonstrates strength and stability en demi-pointe/relevé.

    COMMITMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR LEVEL III

    Levels III and IV take class together.

    • Modern – 1 hr – twice a week
    • Ballet – 1 hr – twice a week
    • Jazz – 45 min – once a week
    • Total: 4.75 hrs per week
    • Tuition: $216.80/month (reflects 20% discount of would-be individual class prices) + $30 registration fee.
    • Tuition includes costumes for all classes, may require some additional pieces from home, does NOT include shoes.
    • LEVEL III STUDENTS ARE PERMITTED TO PERFORM A SOLO CHOREOGRAPHED BY AN ACADEMY CHOREOGRAPHER IN THE YEAR-END RECITAL.

    PLACEMENT CRITERIA FOR LEVEL IV

    Dancers who are placed into Level IV should ALREADY demonstrate the following at the time of the audition. The difference between Level IV and its prior level is the most nuanced. While Level III is mostly technique/skill-based, Level IV leans more toward masterful artistry. It is expected that not all students will reach Level IV before graduating high school.

    • Criteria from Levels I, II, and III, plus…
    • Shows exceptional strengths in all levels of mobilities and contexts of challenges: floor work, standing movements, gestures, across the floor, in challenging combinations/choreography, and in new movement forms/styles.
    • Exceptionally organized and connected body, able to differentiate a Modern Dance body organization (with African organizational patterns) from a Ballet one.
    • Is able to phrase movement very well — that is, to use flow, accents, and pauses appropriately and with artistry.
    • Differentiates and appropriately uses bound-flow vs. released movement.
    • Applies feedback without consistent direction or in-depth explanations.
    • Demonstrates an ability to “think in movement” — that is, to embody movement ideas in the body fairly quickly with understanding for the teacher/choreographer’s intent without having to stop and think.
    • Is comfortable working without mirrors, having a strong kinesthetic awareness/sense.
    • Takes risks in movement.
    • Is never bored and always finds opportunities to be challenged.
    • Seeks opportunities to help others without superiority; is kind and embodies good sportsmanship.

    COMMITMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR LEVEL IV

    • Modern – 1 hr 15 min – twice a week
    • Ballet – 1 hr 15 min – twice a week
    • African – 45 min – once a week
    • Total: 5.75 hrs per week
    • Tuition: $263.20/month (reflects 20% discount of would-be individual class prices) + $30 registration fee.
    • Tuition includes costumes for all three classes, may require some additional pieces from home, does NOT include shoes.
    • LEVEL IV STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PERFORM A SELF-CHOREOGRAPHED SOLO IN THE YEAR-END RECITAL.

    ACADEMY SCHEDULE

    Subject to change

    Tuesdays

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      Level I Modern

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      Level II/III Ballet

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      Level I Ballet

    • -

      Level II/III Modern

    Thursdays

    • -

      Level I Modern

    • -

      Level II/III Ballet

    • -

      Level I Ballet

    • -

      Level II/III Modern

    • -

      Level II/III Level II/III Jazz

    Our kids/teen full-year class dates will start on

    September 6, 2022

     

    Final class date is TBA. We are booking our recital venue very soon- stay tuned!

    May 2023

    September 5, 2022 - Labor Day

    November 20 - 27, 2022 - Fall Break

    December 18, 2022 - January 1, 2023 - Winter Break

    January 16, 2023 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    March 26 - April 2, 2023 - Spring Break

    September 6, 2022 - Classes Start!

    October 25-31, 2022 - Costume Dress Up Week

    November 14-19, 2022 - Bring a Friend Week

    December 12 - 17, 2022 - Parent Watch Week

    January 31, 2023 - Last day to register for any class

    April-May, 2023 ALL CLASSES MANDATORY to prep for recital

    MAY 2023 TBA - Recital Date

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    PRIVATE LESSONS AND SOLOS

    Private lessons and solos provide dancers with time to deepen their practice.

    Choreographed solos

    Self-choreographed solos

    Private lessons

    Private studio time

    (as low as only $5/hr)


    Recreational Dance Classes for Kids and Teens

    Recreational dance classes for kids and teens

    in Cincinnati during the school year

     No auditions required
    Placed by grade
    End-of-the-year recital
    Take as many or as few classes as you’d like 

    Other programs you might be looking for
    AcademySummer campAdult Classes
    Online

    Learn Dance, Math, and Reading from Home

    Made possible through private foundation funding, we have developed Get Up, Get Down! Learning Through Dance: online-based lessons and activities designed to develop third grade math and reading Ohio learning standards.

    It's 100% free!

    Get Up, Get Down!

    In Hartwell (just off I-75, exit 10)

    Recreational dance classes for kids and teens in Hartwell

    Ages 2.5-18. No experience necessary, no auditions, no dress code, low time and financial commitment! All kids are welcome to explore their creatives selves in our recreational classes. If you're looking for the best results, we highly recommend attending at our headquarters, which differ in experience and staff support from the satellites.

    Recreational Dance for Kids in Hartwell

    In Clifton's Residential Neighborhood

    Recreational dance classes in Clifton

    Ages 3-10. Like all our recreational programs: no experience necessary, no auditions, no dress code, low time and financial commitment! These programs are "off-site" for us and will take place at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center satellite at Every Nation Church (with walk-over service from Fairview Clifton German Language School and Clifton Area Neighborhood School). Please be aware that we only have one staff person on site for this satellite and the classrooms are not traditional dance studios.

    Recreational Dance for Kids in Clifton

    For NAM Students Only

    Recreational Dance at North Avondale Montessori School

    Although our return and schedule are yet to be approved, please see here for our proposed North Avondale schedule. You may also pre-register with a full refund if the program is not able to continue.

    AFTER SCHOOL DANCE AT NORTH AVONDALE MONTESSORI

    LOCATIONS OF RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMING

    Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers Hartwell Headquarters

    Just a few minutes off of I-75, convenient to businesses and local shopping.

    8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45216

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    Clifton Cultural Arts Center Satellite at Every Nation Church

    Corner of Clifton Ave and Woolper, across the street from Fairview Clifton German Language School and Clifton Area Neighborhood School

    3722 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

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    Dance Classes for Adults

    Dance classes for Adults of all experience levels

     Save when you sign-up for a whole month of classes!
    NEW TEACHERS, NEW CLASSES, NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM!

    LOCATIONS OF ADULT CLASSES

    All adult classes EXCEPT open company class:
    COLLEGE HILL

    At the College Hill Town Hall,
    formerly Contemporary Dance Theater

    1805 Larch Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

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    ONLY Monday/Wednesday/Thursday open company class:
    HARTWELL

    Just a few minutes off of I-75, convenient to businesses and local shopping.

    8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45216

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    A DANCE COMMUNITY YOU CAN CALL ‘HOME’

    • NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Classes for all abilities and adult ages (teens also allowed): see class title and descriptions for more information
    • Most classes are adaptable to the attendees: challenging for the more advanced, beginning-paced for true beginners, and everything in-between

    • MANY options of styles and teachers to explore!
    • Classes start September 7, 2021 and continue unless otherwise noted/announced
    • No special attire required! Except Ballet slippers for Ballet class and non-marking sneakers for hip-hop.

    ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE

    Some classes will not meet on certain days — please make sure to see notes under class names in the class registration listing below / the student portal.

     

    PLEASE DO NOT SHOW-UP UNLESS YOU HAVE REGISTERED BY THE PREVIOUS 5PM

    (whether it is that day or the day prior for morning classes)

    SUNDAYS

    College Hill Studio A

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      Adult CONTACT IMPROVISATION w/ JONATHAN

    MONDAYS

    Hartwell Studio A

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      Adult MODERN Open Company Class, Advanced to Professional w/ STEVEN/JASMINE and MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE

    TUESDAYS

    College Hill Studio A

    • -

      Adult BALLET w/ KEVIN

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      Adult BEGINNER MODERN w/ Caroline

    WEDNESDAYS

    Hartwell Studio A

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      Adult MODERN Open Company Class, Advanced to Professional w/ STEVEN/JASMINE and MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE

    College Hill Studio A

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      Adult JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE w/ STEVE

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      Adult STRETCH & TONE w/ JEAUNITA

    College Hill Studio C

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      Adult IMPROVISATION & COMPOSITION w/ Mandy

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      Adult HIP HOP w/ STEVE

    THURSDAYS

    Hartwell Studio A

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      Adult MODERN Open Company Class, Advanced to Professional w/ STEVEN/JASMINE and MUTUAL DANCE THEATRE

    SATURDAYS

    College Hill Studio A

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      Adult STRETCH & TONE w/ JEAUNITA

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      Adult ZUMBA w/ JEAUNITA

    ADULT CLASS COST & REGISTRATION

    HOW DO ADULT CLASSES WORK?

    ALL adult classes

    EXCEPT Company Class, Contact Improv, Stretch & Tone, and Zumba

    $14

    per class

    when you sign-up for a month of classes prior to the first meeting
    YOUR BEST DEAL!

    $17

    per class

    for drop-ins, otherwise.
    You must register for drop-ins before coming to the studio.

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Open Company Class in Hartwell

    $15

    per class

    when you sign-up for a month of classes prior to the first meeting
    YOUR BEST DEAL!

    $18

    per class

    for drop-ins, otherwise.
    You must register for drop-ins before coming to the studio.

    Stretch & Tone and Zumba

    $7

    per class

    whether you sign-up for the month or drop-in, but…
    you must register for drop-ins before coming to the studio.

    Contact Improvisation

    $20

    per class

    per class if you sign up for the month (2 each month).

    $25

    per class

    if you are just signing up for a drop-in for the 2 hour long class.

    You must register for drop-ins before coming to the studio.

    Your best deal: sign-up for a whole month

    To get the lowest class price*, sign-up for the WHOLE month BEFORE the first class of the month occurs**.

    To register for a whole month:

    1. Find your class below with the correct month (e.g., 01Jan = January, 02Feb = February, etc.).
    2. Click on the blue button that says “Register” and a drop-down menu will appear.
    3. Choose “Register” to sign-up for the whole month and save!!!

    *Saturday Stretch & Tone and Zumba are $7 regardless of if you sign-up for the whole month or drop-in.
    **If you sign-up for a whole month after the first class occurs, you will still be charged for the full month.

    Schedule a Drop-In

    If you miss the start of a month, you can still dance by paying the drop-in rate!

    Drop-ins are also great if you want to try out different classes or teachers.

    ALL DROP-INS MUST BE PRE-SCHEDULED BEFORE COMING TO THE STUDIO.

    To schedule a drop-in:

    1. Find your class below with the correct month (e.g., 01Jan = January, 02Feb = February, etc.).
    2. Click on the blue button that says “Register” and a drop-down menu will appear.
    3. Choose “Drop-In“.

    Need help?

    Give us a call at 513-494-6526 or email us at hello@mutualarts.org at least 24 hours before the class begins!

    REGISTER HERE

    IMPORTANT: ADULT CLASS REFUND POLICY

    All class cancellations must be made in writing (send an email to hello@mutualarts.org) prior to 24 hours before the start of a monthly registration or a scheduled drop-in.

    Private lesson teachers have their own cancelation policies (see portal for each).

    (Make sure to scroll inside the box below to see all options)

    Classes are listed in alphabetical order.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Adult classes start as early as September 7, 2021

     

    Register by the first class meeting of each month to get the lowest price and avoid the drop-in rate

    September 6, 2021 - Labor Day

    November 22 - 28, 2021 - Fall Break

    December 20, 2021 - January 2, 2022 - Winter Break

    January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    March 28 - April 3, 2022 - Spring Break

    June 12-18, 2022 - Adult Summer Break

    June 19, 2022 - Juneteenth

    July 1-4, 2022 - July 4th Weekend

    September 7, 2021 - Classes Start!

    October 11-16, 2021 - Free Bring-A-Friend Week!

    November 13, 2022 - Masterclass with Rowan Salem (Mutual Dance Theatre)

    January 22, 2022 - Masterclass with PHILADANCO! (Philadelphia, PA)

    March 26, 2022 - Masterclass with Sidra Bell (New York, NY)

    June 18, 2022 - Masterclass with Jasmine Snellen (Mutual Dance Theatre)

    ADULT FACULTY & CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

    Caroline Nymberg

    Jeaunita Olowé

    Jasmine Snellen

    Jonathan Pattiwael

    Kevin Bell

    Mandy Goodwin

    Steve Irwin

    Steven Evans

    Mutual Arts’ adult ballet program introduces a Tuesday morning class from 10 AM to 11 AM. This class is designed to refresh and inspire the trained dancer, and also serve as a fresh new start for the beginning dancer.
    As we move through the next several weeks of classes, if it becomes apparent that one of the classes is “leaning“ one way or the other, a decision may be made to officially name a class either beginning, or intermediate/advanced.  For the moment, classes will remain split level.
    That being said, please do not feel intimidated if you are a beginner, or “held back“ if you are a trained dancer.
    Come join us for a wonderful time of discovery mixed with all the wonderful nostalgia of those days of ballet training!

    Kevin Bell is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. After training with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet School. He founded the Miami Valley Ballet Theatre in a northern suburb of Cincinnati where many declared that a ballet company would not survive. It is a thriving regional company which performs to sold out audiences season after season. Kevin has also worked with numerous regional modern choreographers, performing frequently in the annual Area Choreographers Festival hosted by Cincinnati’s very own Mutual Dance Theatre and Arts Centers (formerly Contemporary Dance Theater). Kevin has performed in musicals such as Anything Goes, the Music Man, Brigadoon, Shrek, and Cincinnati Children’s Theaters recent production of Peter Pan, Jr. Kevin was principal choreographer for the Cincinnati Music Theater’s recent production of Billy Elliot. For a number of seasons, Kevin danced the role of Uncle Drosselmeyer in Dela’s production of The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up.

    This is a practical introduction to contact improvisation as a form of practice. The class will introduce students to the fundamentals of weight-sharing, kinesthetic, tactile and sensory awareness, embodied listening and risk-taking through guided exercises and scores. The class will progress from a facilitated warm up exercise, learning contact specific skills into moving with partners. The objective of this course is to enhance the mind-body-sensory sensitivity of the dancer to fully engage in physical movement dialogue with others. No previous dance experience required.

    Jonathan “JayWAN” Pattiwael was born and raised in Indonesia. He began dancing at 16 when he started to compete in hip-hop jams all over Texas. After high school graduation, he started to perform at live music and film festivals in Austin and began to teach in local public schools. At 21, after a few years of professional performance and battling, he began training in modern dance, ballet and Polynesian. After 4 years touring with the Polynesian Dance School, Hula Halau Ka’epa, he started to focus his dance activities in contemporary and contact improvisation, dancing and performing in the Bay Area and across Western Europe. Jonathan has a very diverse experience as a teacher having taught full-time throughout graduate school at Texas Woman’s University in the Community Dance Center (students under 18) and as a professor of record in undergraduate dance courses. Now, he is a full-time professor at University of Dayton and collaborates with local artists in Cincinnati. You can still catch him rocking the cyphers at hip-hop jams throughout the US and the World.

    These Hip Hop classes are filled with creative choreography set to the latest Hip Hop/R&B music.  Learn a new choreographed routine each week, and practice routines from previous weeks.  Recommended for all levels of dancers (mixed level).  It is recommended that students wear dance/exercise type clothing and athletic shoes, dance sneakers, or jazz shoes.

    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, 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. He is pleased to be teaching at Mutual Dance Theatre in College Hill.

    In each class we will begin with a gentle warmup and improvisation practice, and then progress into creating short dance compositions through exploring principles of movement, time, and space. Students are welcome to bring in stories, poetry, musical instruments, and other art forms to add to their imaginative exploration. All levels of movers are welcome.

    Mandy is a dancer, choreographer, and interdisciplinary artist who has created several pieces for the stage over the past five years in Cincinnati. She often explores performances from an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, including elements like original music, puppetry, poetry, and visual art. Recent work includes a creation of site specific choreography for Global Water Dances in Middletown Ohio, and Armleder Park in Cincinnati, in June of this year.  She is currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Art and Choreography from Wilson College in Pennsylvania. In her teaching, she encourages a safe environment for the expression of all bodies and levels of physical ability.

    Learn choreographed routines set to the fun and catchy tunes from Broadway and movie musicals, featuring a wide variety of dance & choreography styles. Steve’s classes expand on jazz and ballet basics with dances that have character and personality. Definitely a fun class for everyone, and great practice and training for those who love to perform in local amateur or professional musicals.  Students will learn a new choreographed routine each week, and practice routines from previous weeks, and will also have a brief time of across the floor to work on turns, jumps and grand battement.  This class is recommended for advanced beginners and intermediate dancers from any dance background, but beginners are welcome also.  Recommended to wear: any dance/exercise/yoga clothes and whatever you prefer for footwear – we recommend that you bring a pair of soft jazz shoes if you have them, but you can also use ballet slippers, or dance sneakers.

    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, 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. He is pleased to be teaching at Mutual Dance Theatre in College Hill.

    This modern dance class is for beginners. In this class we will work on the basics of modern dance. The class will include warm up, technique, and moving across the floor exercises. The main focus of this class is to build a stress-free environment where we are free to enjoy the love of movement and expression. This class is great for those who have an interest in dance, are just beginning, and enjoy moving.

    Caroline Nymberg is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She started dancing at age three at Cunningham Dance Studio and trained her last two years of high school at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy. She attended George Mason University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. She taught young children at the Cincinnati Ballet Academy as well as taught beginner modern dancers as part of her curriculum in George Mason School of Dance.

    Class description coming soon!

    Steven P. Evans hails originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography at Ohio University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Evans apprenticed with the Sean Curran Company in New York City in 2012. Evans joined MūDa when it was MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2014. He has performed lead roles since his very first season in the original productions and canon of works, /SHIFT/, The Tragedy of Time, Maps, and Memoriam. He starred in The Double, an evening-length work based on the eponymous Dostoevsky novella. Evans has premiered work at Contemporary Dance Theater’s Area Choreographer’s Festival in 2014 and 2015, and regularly contributed sections of choreography for MūDa’s aforementioned stage works. In 2016, he was tapped to create an evening-length work with Elena Rodriguez Moore, titled Double|Sided, which became one of the Company’s most successful productions selling at 138% capacity, standing-room only. He returned to the company in 2020 as Company Co-Director. While at Ohio University, he was the recipient of the Undergraduate Student Enhancement Award and the College of Fine Arts Creative Research Award for his project “Improvisational Dance: Performance Development, Exploration, and Movement Stylization.” Evans is also a Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management.

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    Jasmine Snellen began her dance training at Louisville Youth Performing Arts School where she studied Martha Graham’s technique and classical ballet. Snellen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory and University where she trained with equal emphasis in Ballet, Jazz (classical, contemporary, & commercial), Modern (Graham, Limón, & Horton), composition, and pedagogy. Snellen has had the honor of training with Alan Arnett, Tiffanie Carson, Ting-Yu Chen, Maurice Fraga, Elijah Alhadji Gibson, Erica Helm, Linda Miller, and Lisa Startsman among others, including mainstage features by Mike Esperanza of Bare Dance Company NYC, Company | E of Washington DC, and Brussels-based artists Katie Vickers and Albert Quesada.

    Jasmine has performed at Peridance Salvatore Capezio Theater in NYC, trained with LA Contemporary Dance Company and Sidra Bell Dance New York, and presented work at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Snellen is currently dancing and choreographing with Mutual Dance Theatre in her third season. Recently, she conceptualized, choreographed, and edited a five-part dance-for-camera entitled FFIFF, which explores society’s rapidly shifting polarity, clashes of beliefs, and the tethers of groupthink.

    This is a fusion conditioning class for anyone wishing to have a full body stretch incorporating breathing, muscle flexibility and strengthening your muscles with bands and your personal body resistance. This class will increase your flexibility and range of motion. Please bring (2) of your own yoga or Pilates mat, towel and water.

    Jeaunita Ìfẹ́wándé Château Weathersby Olówè is a professional dancer, choreographer, arts integration consultant, teaching artist and athlete for the past 30 years in African, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Latin dances and Zumba®. Jeaunita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from University of Cincinnati and a 2013 graduate of Executive Service Corporation Non-Profit Leadership Institute. She received training from University of Cincinnati’s CCM prep department, Miami University, the Ivory Ambassadors’ in Lagos, Nigeria and a host of national/international choreographers. She worked for Cincinnati Ballet for 8 years as the Director of Education and Outreach and School of Cincinnati Ballet Administrator as the first African American Administrative staff. As one of the founding administrators and an original artist of Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute, Jeaunita served as Company Manager, Rehearsal Coach, Education Director and Grants Administrator and grant writer for 24 years raising. During that time, Jeaunita traveled to perform in Europe for the United States and United Nations Department of Defense Armed Forces Entertainment for military families. Jeaunita taught for the Kentucky Arts Council & Kentucky Department of Education instructing Dance & Music Art Academies, Teacher Residencies and trained all of Kentucky Educational Specialist in African Dance, Culture and Percussion for 7 years. Jeaunita has served as a Guest Choreographer for several universities and now on serves on the Faculty for Northern Kentucky University Dance Department instructing a research course in African Dance, Culture and its Community and Neurological impact. She currently serves on Cincinnati Public School District Arts Curriculum Committee and Arts Education and Integration Specialist and Instructor and Judge for testing students as Gifted in Dance at The School for Creative and Performing Arts. Jeaunita is a Founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance and serves on the Board of Trustees where she is the Public Relations Chair, Dance Education and Training Co-Chair. Jeaunita was a 2017 honoree of the “Dada Rafiki: A Celebration of Sisterhood” award and the 2020 featured Choreographer; 2017 Artswave Women’s Leadership Roundtable presenter and most recently included in ArtsWave “Power of Her” book that will celebrate 100 women who have made significant contributions to the arts and culture landscape of Cincinnati. She’s the proud mother of Korede, Folasade and Adebola Jr. and known as “Mama Jay” by her students everywhere.

    Zumba Dance Fitness is a complete body workout that incorporates a variety of Latin dance rhythms.  The music comes from the following dance styles: Afro-Beat music, Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Flamenco, Chachacha, Reggaeton, Soca, Samba, Hip Hop music, Axé music and Tango.  It is not a dance or fitness class, it is a party! No one is judging you by your dance abilities, just have fun and feel the music. It is one of the most awesome workouts ever. Jeaunita’s class has a very heavy African influence.  You will dance to great music, with great people, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it. Wear comfortable dance attire and supportive dance/gym shoes.

    Jeaunita Ìfẹ́wándé Château Weathersby Olówè is a professional dancer, choreographer, arts integration consultant, teaching artist and athlete for the past 30 years in African, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Latin dances and Zumba®. Jeaunita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from University of Cincinnati and a 2013 graduate of Executive Service Corporation Non-Profit Leadership Institute. She received training from University of Cincinnati’s CCM prep department, Miami University, the Ivory Ambassadors’ in Lagos, Nigeria and a host of national/international choreographers. She worked for Cincinnati Ballet for 8 years as the Director of Education and Outreach and School of Cincinnati Ballet Administrator as the first African American Administrative staff. As one of the founding administrators and an original artist of Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute, Jeaunita served as Company Manager, Rehearsal Coach, Education Director and Grants Administrator and grant writer for 24 years raising. During that time, Jeaunita traveled to perform in Europe for the United States and United Nations Department of Defense Armed Forces Entertainment for military families. Jeaunita taught for the Kentucky Arts Council & Kentucky Department of Education instructing Dance & Music Art Academies, Teacher Residencies and trained all of Kentucky Educational Specialist in African Dance, Culture and Percussion for 7 years. Jeaunita has served as a Guest Choreographer for several universities and now on serves on the Faculty for Northern Kentucky University Dance Department instructing a research course in African Dance, Culture and its Community and Neurological impact. She currently serves on Cincinnati Public School District Arts Curriculum Committee and Arts Education and Integration Specialist and Instructor and Judge for testing students as Gifted in Dance at The School for Creative and Performing Arts. Jeaunita is a Founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance and serves on the Board of Trustees where she is the Public Relations Chair, Dance Education and Training Co-Chair. Jeaunita was a 2017 honoree of the “Dada Rafiki: A Celebration of Sisterhood” award and the 2020 featured Choreographer; 2017 Artswave Women’s Leadership Roundtable presenter and most recently included in ArtsWave “Power of Her” book that will celebrate 100 women who have made significant contributions to the arts and culture landscape of Cincinnati. She’s the proud mother of Korede, Folasade and Adebola Jr. and known as “Mama Jay” by her students everywhere.

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    Descriptions, Levels - Full Year

    FOR FULL-YEAR SESSIONS (Sept- May)

    Classes by Grade

    Please register according to the grade entering for the 22-23 school year.

    Classes by Age Groups

    Please register according their current age.

    Kids Classes
    • Ages 5-10
    Tween/Teen Classes
    • Ages 11-18
    Adult
    • Adults 18+
    • Very advanced teen dancers
    Classes by Skill
    Beginner
    • Has little to no experience in the area
    • Might be comfortable in the basics (or not)
    Intermediate
    • Has some or a lot of experience in the area
    • Confident in the basics and ready for more
    Advanced
    • Learns very quickly
    • Majored in dance or is currently majoring in dance
    • Very confident and able to take on challenges
    Classes by Level

    Academy Training – Level I, II, III/IV classes are by audition only