Dance Classes

Absolute Beginner Tap Dance Boot Camp – Ages 16 – 96

Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:15am

This class will provide you with solid technique fundamentals and beginning rhythms/steps. In addition, you will receive access to our YouTube channel, which has lots of practice videos for Beginning – Advanced students. Speak to instructor before investing in shoes.


Length of Session: 4 weeks (June 10 – July 8, 2017; no class on July 1)
Cost: $52/session
Class Size: Minimum of 5 students required to run class.
Gloria Esenwein
Gloria Esenwein is a dancer/teacher/choreographer and licensed massage therapist. Esenwein has taught modern, jazz, tap, and improvisation as a 25+ year member of the Cincinnati dance community. She has taught and led movement workshops for senior citizens, MRDD adults and residents of healthcare facilities. Her tap dance studies have included classes with Gregory Hines, Diane Walker, and Savion Glover. She organized the first celebration in Cincinnati, of National Tap Dance Day, and established Women of Sole, and The Step Sisters, local rhythm tap performing groups. She employs a call and response method in teaching, along with humor and tap history.
Contact Gloria at (513) 541–7443.

Adult Modern Dance for Beginners – Adults

Mondays 7:00 – 7:55pm

Come move in a fun, welcoming, encouraging environment! Each week as we explore the fundamentals of modern dance technique, we will build on our strength, flexibility, body alignment, and coordination. Starting with an introduction to techniques of modern dance and methods of improvisation, the class will learn to move with the elements of space, time, and energy. Over the course of the session, we will work toward sequencing movement together in an ending phrase, culminating in a short piece of choreography. We believe that every body can and should dance. All ages, backgrounds, abilities, and levels of experience are welcome!


Cost: $120 per 10-week session
Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
Session: 10 weeks (June 26 – July 3, 2017)
Class Size: Must have 6 students registered to run class.
More Information: Class is pending registration – minimum registration number must be met for class to run.
MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit, resident modern dance company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and founded in 2007. The organization is in its eighth season (in 2014-2015) of working to bring more Modern Dance (and a better understanding of it) to more people in innovative and palpable ways. Its performer-collaborators—who are originally from Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Nebraska, Virginia, New York, and of course, Ohio—create modern dance performances, education, and outreach.
Visit MLCO.org/classes to register!

MamLuft&Co. Dance Summer Dance & Creativity Camp – Ages 5 – 10

July 10 – 14, 9:00am – 3:00pm

A full-day camp that teaches children to move creatively, cooperatively, and confidently! For boys and girls, MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Cincinnati Summer Dance Camp for Kids offers Modern Dance Technique and Ballet Technique that de-emphasizes pink and princesses. Children will learn dance, make props and “scenery” to accompany their dances, and prepare for a Friday 3pm performance for parents!


Cost:

  • Regular Registration (May 2 – June 18): $250
  • Late Registration (starting June 19): $280
  • Extended Day Add-On (extends pickup time from 3pm to as late as 6pm): $10 per child, per day

Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
Session: July 10 – 14, 2017
More Information: Visit mlco.org/camp or call (513) 494-6526 for full camp details. Camp drop off between 8:30am – 9:00pm each day, with extended day supervision add-on available until 6pm.
MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit organization and Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s resident dance company! Founded in 2007, MamLuft&Co. Dance provides education, outreach, and performance to bring more Modern Dance to more people. MamLuft&Co. Dance invites you to check out its performances, free events, children’s classes, adult classes, summer programs, and more. See MLCo.org for more information!

MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit, resident modern dance company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and founded in 2007. The organization is in its eighth season (in 2014-2015) of working to bring more Modern Dance (and a better understanding of it) to more people in innovative and palpable ways. Its performer-collaborators—who are originally from Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Nebraska, Virginia, New York, and of course, Ohio—create modern dance performances, education, and outreach.
Visit mlco.org/camp to sign up!

MamLuft&Co. Dance Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive – Adults

June 5 – 9, 9:00am – 5:40pm

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive is an invigorating week of dance that is both intensive and affordable. Held at the newly renovated Great Hall at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in the heart of Cincinnati — this week celebrates both the vastness of Modern Dance, as well as the process and aesthetics of Cincinnati’s Modern Dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance.

College-aged through professional dancers are invited to join us in Cincinnati, Ohio for a week that is all about Modern Dance.

The summer program is highly immersive on its own and also compliments longer summer studies.


Cost:

  • Regular Registration (April 16 – May 15): $375
  • Late Registration (starting May 16): $395
  • Day Pass or Pick 5 Classes: $85
  • Pick 3 Classes: $55

Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
Session: June 5 – 9, 2017

MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit organization and Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s resident dance company! Founded in 2007, MamLuft&Co. Dance provides education, outreach, and performance to bring more Modern Dance to more people. MamLuft&Co. Dance invites you to check out its performances, free events, children’s classes, adult classes, summer programs, and more. See MLCo.org for more information!
Visit mlco.org/intensive to register and for full intensive details.

MamLuft&Co. Dance Summer Modern Dance Intensive for Teens – Ages 13 – 18

June 12 – 16, 9:00am – 3:00pm

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive is a program designed just for teens to explore Modern Dance and to be exposed to other forms of dance. The Modern Dance Teen Intensive is an invigorating week of dance that is challenging, but in a supportive environment. It is priced lower than other intensives and is a safe, judgement-free zone for teens to have fun and make new friends. The Modern Dance Teen Intensive is held in the newly renovated Great Hall at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in the heart of Cincinnati. There are no auditions required.


Cost:

Registration Type Tuition Deadline
Early Registration $247 Available up to April 1
Regular Registration $278 In effect between April 1 & May 1
Late Registration $293 In effect after May 1
Day Pass $68 No deadline, but early appreciated

Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
Session: June 12 – 16, 2017

MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit organization and Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s resident dance company! Founded in 2007, MamLuft&Co. Dance provides education, outreach, and performance to bring more Modern Dance to more people. MamLuft&Co. Dance invites you to check out its performances, free events, children’s classes, adult classes, summer programs, and more. See MLCo.org for more information!
Visit mlco.org/teenintensive for more information or to register.

A Motivational Summer Camp Experience: Step Team & Personal Growth Group – Ages 7 – 12

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm

This summer camp presents a unique opportunity for kids ages 7 – 12 years old to spend high energy, fun filled summer days with learning step show choreography, designing performance outfits, performing at two community venues and participating in weekly themed personal growth group experiences. Examples of personal growth sessions include personal hygiene, yoga, managing emotions and feelings, cyberbullying, career development, and much more! All sessions are facilitated or supervised by Dr. Patrice McCarter, licensed professional counselor. Two learning –oriented field trip experiences within the city of Cincinnati are included.

Summer internship Junior Counselor experiences are available for adolescents ages 14 – 16. Contact Dr. McCarter for details.

Summer camp experiences are designed to:

  • Develop teamwork
  • Encourage healthy competition
  • Increase physical activity
  • Educate about the importance of self-care
  • Provide community service opportunities with a mental wellness focus
  • Influence creativity
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Establish awareness of mental health

Length of Session: 10 weeks (June 13 – August 10, 2017)
Cost: $395.00
Instructor: Dr. Patrice McCarter
Class Size: 7 – 12 students
More Information: Visit Facebook (The Motivation Academy) for more information. Internship/community service available for ages 14 – 16.
Dr. Patrice McCarter
Dr. McCarter is an associate professor and regional academic director of counseling and mental health at Lindsey Wilson college. She is a licensed professional counselor in Kentucky and Ohio. She has been a clinical supervisor and mental health crisis therapist for over 13 years. She has worked with children, adolescents and families to educate and support mental wellness initiatives. Dr. McCarter has competed in regional Greek step shows for the last 15 years participating on a step team with her sorority earning first place in every competition. The Motivation Academy was established as a result of Dr. McCarter’s passion to combine performing arts and physical activity with mental illness prevention efforts.
Contact Dr. McCarter at (513) 317-4984 or themotivationacademy@gmail.com to register.

Cincyettes Drill & Dance Team – Girls Ages 9+

Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm and Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

Pro Moves is offering a drill & dance team at CCAC! Girls who want to be placed into local shows and productions are invited to register for this class.


Cost: Contact instructor at (513) 687-5756 or promoves513@msn.com for fees.
Session: Ongoing
Latoya D Canady
Latoya D. Canady has over 20 years of extensive experience in choreography, dancing, acting, poetry, and song composition. Ms. Canady served as the Cheer and Dance Coach at both Shroder High School and DePaul Cristo Rey, and has created choreography for several local plays and summer camps. Ms. Canady is also a former BenGal cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Contact instructor at (513) 687-5756 or promoves513@msn.com.

Improvisation and Creation – Ages 16+

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00pm

This class encourages participants to explore the body, space, time, and energy through movement. The class will experiment with many different improvisational games in order to invent new movement and create dances never before seen.


Cost: $100 per 10-week session
Session: 10 weeks (June 13 – August 15, 2017)
Class Size: Minimum of 4 students required to run class.
More Information: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Corrinne Bailey
Corrinne Bailey received her BFA in Dance from Ohio University in April of 2017. While at Ohio University she received her certification in Group Fitness, Hip Hop/Cardio Dance, and Pilates Mat. Bailey has been teaching Hip Hop and Pilates Mat classes at Ohio University’s recreation center since January, 2015. She has also taught Pilates Mat and Hip Hop classes as a semester long college course for non-majors and as a guest instructor in corporate offices. Currently, Bailey is working towards her full Pilates Comprehensive Certification and is training under Regional Trainer, Julie Toren to do so. Bailey is also working with MamLuft&Co., Cincinnati’s local modern dance company.
Send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and put “Improvisation and Creation” in the subject line. Registration will be confirmed via email. Tuition is due at or before first day of classes; cash or check made out to the instructor only. Class is pending minimum enrollment.

International Folk Dancing – Adults

Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm

A group of friendly folks who dance for fun. Most dances are circle and line dances. No partners or costumes are needed. Although we do kick up our heels sometimes, many dances are easy. This is dancing for non-dancers. We dance traditional folk dances from all over the world. A majority of the dances we know are from the Balkan and Middle East regions. New dancers are encouraged to come early as some of the dances will be taught for them. After 8:00PM most dances are done without teaching but all are still encouraged to join in. Children are welcome with an adult if they come to dance. There is no place for the children to play. The exotic, recorded music is very unusual and half the fun.


Cost: Minimum of $3.00 per person per evening
Session: On-going
The Instructors
Many folks have been dancing for decades and it could be Jay, Carol, Doug, Edith, Anna or Kate who teaches any individual dance. Dances have been collected from workshops and dancing with groups all over the country. We are open, friendly and democratic, and most are willing to step up and keep the group going.
None needed, just show up

Salsa Classes – Ages 18+

Wednesdays 7 – 8:30pm

Do you want to try something new? Do you want to improve on what you learned with the family and friends? You’ve seen it on TV and at the clubs. And Yes!! It’s as fun as it looks! Salsa is a dance you can dance here in Cincy and in any city in the world. Join the fun today – no partner necessary!

Classes taught for all levels:
Level I – Newbie
Level II – Almost there
Level III – Now we are dancing!!!
These are special courses by popular demand Salsa class! In the level one class you will learn the basic steps, left and right turn, hammerlocks, drapes, cross body lead, and a variety of fun and simple footwork combinations.


Length of Session: All group sessions are four weeks long, with new sessions starting on May 3, June 7, July 5, and August 2, 2017. Please register by purchasing a session below and email us at salsannati@gmail.com with a desired start date. Before coming to the classes please make sure you contact us, as we occasionally miss a week between or during the sessions due to travel and we do not want to miss you.

Cost: Visit www.salsannati.com/classes to view and purchase class packages.

Instructor: Salsannati Cincinnati
More Information: Looking to practice what you learned? Our monthly Musica y Na’Ma Dance Social address is 4138 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati Ohio 45223, and is the first Friday of every month.

Please visit www.salsannati.com/classes to register!

Tap Dance for Spunky Grownups II – Ages 16 – 96

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30am

For those with 3+ years “on the floor”
Focus: Improved technique/speed, introduction to improvisation, more tap history, plus historical and new choreography.

Tap dance has had a historical impact on all dance forms. It springs from our African and Irish ancestors. Our feet are percussive instruments. Tap dance provides a good cardiovascular workout and is a great stress releaser. Come learn some tap basics and lift your sole/soul!


Cost: $91/session
Session: 7 weeks (June 10 – July 29, 2017. No class July 1)
Instructor: Gloria Esenwein
Class Size: Minimum 5
Gloria Esenwein
Gloria Esenwein is a dancer/teacher/choreographer and licensed massage therapist. Esenwein has taught modern, jazz, tap, and improvisation as a 25+ year member of the Cincinnati dance community. She has taught and led movement workshops for senior citizens, MRDD adults and residents of healthcare facilities. Her tap dance studies have included classes with Gregory Hines, Diane Walker, and Savion Glover. She organized the first celebration in Cincinnati, of National Tap Dance Day, and established Women of Sole, and The Step Sisters, local rhythm tap performing groups.
She employs a call and response method in teaching, along with humor and tap history.
Contact Gloria at (513) 541–7443.

Vintage Swing Dance I: Introduction to Lindy Hop Swing – Ages 16+

Tuesdays 7 – 9pm

This beginner class in Six-Count East Coast Swing will focus on the fundamentals of the vintage dance posture & style that evolved on the streets and in the dance halls of Harlem NYC in the 1930’s. Emphasizing the PHYSICS that drive all partnered dance, this class will concentrate on the Lead and Follow skills of: body movement, posture, footwork, frame, range of motion, elements of tension and compression, dance connection, and the transfer of momentum and energy. All essential dance techniques and topics that cannot be well addressed in common large group classes. The class will cover a variety of ways to move from closed to open dance position and up to fifteen different common patterns; all taught from the perspective of the PHYSICS that make them happen. This class will also include a brief history of swing dance to illustrate why this dance style and its African origin make it different from the more common Ballroom and West Coast Swing styles.


Cost: $120 for 6-week session
Instructor: George Hildebrand
Session: 6 weeks (July 11 – August 15, 2017)
Class Size: 6 – 12 students per class. A minimum of 6 students must be registered by July 5, 2017 in order for the class to run.
More Information: NO PARTNER REQUIRED! Look us up on Facebook at “Vintage Swing Dance Incubator” or contact instructor at 513-226-4733.
George Hildebrand
Dancing since the Spring of 2000, George Hildebrand’s range of experience lies solely within the confines of Social Vintage Lindy Hop Swing and its companion dance styles: Six and Eight Count Lindy Hop Swing, Charleston (Lindy and 1920’s Style), Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Blues.

Adopting a detailed teaching style guided by a mission to …

“Teach people how to DANCE … instead of how to PRETEND TO DANCE”

… his methods and approach are different than those offered by low cost, one hour (or less) large group lessons.

George teaches at a slow pace that emphasizes the fundamentals of movement and the physics that drive social vintage swing dancing. By encouraging his students to base their learning on these principals (instead of mere memorized choreography) it prepares them to move on to advance their dancing to an intermediate level and beyond.

The lessons George provides are targeted for those who are SERIOUS about learning how to dance under the universal Lead/Follow method. While FUN will certainly be had, successful participation will require a sincere desire to learn how to dance, careful attention, and PRACTICE – PRACTICE – PRACTICE.

To register, email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and place “Vintage Swing Dance I” in the subject line of your email.  Class Tuition is payable at or before the first class session.  For Payment by CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER contact George at geohil54@yahoo.com.  You may also pay via PayPal by clicking on this link: https://PayPal.Me/swingdanceincubator/120

Vintage Swing Dance II: Lindy Hop Swing – Ages 16+

Wednesdays 7 – 9pm

This class in Eight-Count Lindy Hop Swing will celebrate the posture & style of the dance that evolved on the streets and in the dance halls of Harlem NYC in the 1930’s. Emphasizing the PHYSICS that drive all partnered dance, this class will focus on Lindy Hop Lead & Follow details that cannot be well addressed in common large group classes.

The class will cover the basics of Eight-Count footwork and Lindy Hop’s core pattern, the Swing-Out and its common variations and styling; all taught from the perspective of the PHYSICS that makes the dance happen. Depending on the class background, the class may include a brief history of swing dance to illustrate why this dance style and its African origin make it different from the more common Ballroom and West Coast Swing styles.

Prerequisites are the completion of Swing I, or understanding and experience with Six-Count East Coast Swing. Students who have had a brief introduction or limited experience with Eight-Count Lindy Hop Swing will also benefit from this class.


Cost: $120 for 6-week session
Instructor: George Hildebrand assisted by Emily Young
Session: 6 weeks (July 12 – August 16, 2017)
Class Size: 6 – 12 students per class. A minimum of 6 students must be registered by July 5, 2017 in order for the class to run.
More Information: NO PARTNER REQUIRED! Look us up on Facebook at “Vintage Swing Dance Incubator” or contact instructor at 513-226-4733.
George Hildebrand
Dancing since the Spring of 2000, George Hildebrand’s range of experience lies solely within the confines of Social Vintage Lindy Hop Swing and its companion dance styles: Six and Eight Count Lindy Hop Swing, Charleston (Lindy and 1920’s Style), Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Blues.

Adopting a detailed teaching style guided by a mission to …

“Teach people how to DANCE … instead of how to PRETEND TO DANCE”

… his methods and approach are different than those offered by low cost, one hour (or less) large group lessons.

George teaches at a slow pace that emphasizes the fundamentals of movement and the physics that drive social vintage swing dancing. By encouraging his students to base their learning on these principals (instead of mere memorized choreography) it prepares them to move on to advance their dancing to an intermediate level and beyond.

The lessons George provides are targeted for those who are SERIOUS about learning how to dance under the universal Lead/Follow method. While FUN will certainly be had, successful participation will require a sincere desire to learn how to dance, careful attention, and PRACTICE – PRACTICE – PRACTICE.

To register, email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and place “Vintage Swing Dance II” in the subject line of your email.  Class Tuition is payable at or before the first class session.  For Payment by CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER contact George at geohil54@yahoo.com.  You may also pay via PayPal by clicking on this link: https://PayPal.Me/swingdanceincubator/120