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

AFFORDABLE AND IMMERSIVE

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.


19

courses

34

class meetings

18

faculty members

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amazing week

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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.

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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

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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

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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.