Cincyettes Drill & Dance Team – Girls Ages 10+

Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm and Saturdays 10 – 11:30am

Pro Moves is offering a drill & dance team this summer at CCAC! Girls with dance experience who want to be placed into local shows and productions are invited to register for this class. Full class details will be presented at the registration day on July 11.

Cost: $25
Session: Rehearsals begin July 29 and will be year-round
More Information: Contact Latoya Canady at (513) 687-5756.
Latoya Canady
Latoya D Canady has extensive experience in choreography, dancing, acting, poetry, and song composition. A woman of many talents, Ms. Canady has gained recognition and received awards such as Best Dance/Actress from Arts Matrix, Best Performance from KBII Productions, Most Difficult Presentation from MBTC & MBC, and Entertainer of the Year from Black History Youth. Ms. Canady defines her dance style as “energetic, creative, and thoroughly original” and specifically highlights her ability to “bring freshness and newness to any theme.
Registration will be held at CCAC on July 11 from 10am – 12pm. Full payment will be due at this time.

West African Dance Class – Adults

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:15pm

Spread your wings and fly with me! NGOMA offers Adult West African Dance Classes for beginners and advanced dancers, and children are welcome to attend with parents or guardians. Allow the sounds of African drumming to take you on a beautiful journey. Meet me on the dance flo!

Cost: $10/class. Children are $5/class; children 12 and under dance free with paying adult.
Session: 10 weeks (Summer Session: June 11 – August 13; Fall Session: September 10 – November 12)
More Information: Class will run from 7:30 – 8:45pm until September 3. On September 10, class will move to 7:00 – 8:15pm.
Ivy Pea, BlackButterfly
Cincinnati Native, Ivy Pea graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, class of 2008. As an instrumental music major she quickly discovered her love for the arts. She has performed locally with the Afrikan American Drum and Dance Ensemble and as an independent artist. With an opportunity to travel, she has evolved as a dancer/choreographer, creating her own formative dance techniques. Ivy has 16+ years of dance and choreography experience combined. Active in her community, she also plays the role of a Volunteer Community Organizational Leader, creating a nurturing environment to empower youth.

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

Tap Dance for Spunky Grownups – Ages 16 – 96

Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:00am

Focus: Basic steps, vocabulary and rhythmic exercises/combinations/ dances.

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: $120.00 for 10-week session
Session: 10 weeks (September 12 – November 14)
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.

Tap Dance for Spunky Grownups II – Ages 16 – 96

Saturdays, 11:15am – 12:15pm

For those with 3+ years “on the floor”
Focus: Improved technique/speed, introduction to improvisation, more tap history and 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: $120.00 for 10-week session
Session:10 weeks (September 12 – November 14)
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.

The Motivation Academy: Step Team and Personal Growth Experience – Ages 7 – 15

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00pm

This class teaches the choreography related to the art of Stepping, which originated from African Dance. Participants will formulate a Step Team and present their Step Show at a final performance. Participants will incorporate a small segment of modern dance into the routine. The remainder of the Step Show routine will be sounds and stomps made with the body. Performance outfits and props will be created and used in the final performance.

Participants will also experience a confidential Personal Growth Session with each Step Team practice. It should be noted that these sessions are NOT Group Therapy sessions, although they will be led by a Licensed Professional Counselor. Personal topics will include, Healthy Eating, How to Better Handle Stress, How to Multitask and Prioritize, Happiness, Personal Hygiene, The importance of Sleep, How to Approach Cyber-bullying and Self Care Ideas, to name a few. Participants are welcome to discuss as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Small activities will accompany the Personal Growth Sessions

Cost: $250 for 11-week session
Instructor: Dr. Patrice C. McCarter, LPCC, PC-S
Session: 11 weeks (September 9 – November 18)
Class Size: 12 students maximum per session
More Information: All Personal Growth sessions will be conducted by Licensed Professional Counselors. Professional Referrals can be made if appropriate. A final Step Show will be performed at the end of the Fall Session.
Dr. Patrice C. McCarter, LPCC, PC-S
Dr. McCarter has participated on an award winning Step Team with her sorority in previous years. She truly enjoys and appreciates the arts of Stepping and performance. Dr. McCarter has served the Mental Health Community as a Crisis Therapist for children and families for 10 years. Dr. McCarter is a Regional Academic Director and Associate Professor at Lindsey Wilson College’s School of Professional Counseling. Dr. McCarter also serves as Faculty for the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program at Lindsey Wilson College. She has conducted research and specializes in the field of Prevention and Mental Illness.
Registration day will be held at the CCAC on Wednesday August 19th from 5 – 8pm. Please call Dr. McCarter with questions at (513) 317-4984.

Intro to Bellydance – All Ages

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Bellydance has its roots in ancient folk dances across the Middle East and northern Africa, with Egypt often described as the homeland of this exquisite, energetic dance. This class will teach the movement concepts that form the foundation of most styles of bellydance as well as condition participants both new and familiar to the rigors of dance. The emphasis of bellydance is, surprisingly, the hips! We’ll be focusing on these as we learn movements such as the hip circle, slides, bumps, hip drops and the famous “shimmy”. Throughout this ongoing course we’ll work on mini choreographies, “combinations” and improvise together. As a component of this class we’ll also take time to focus on core strength, balance and movement as an emotional outlet. Our goal will be to relax and reset ourselves to happiness through joyous movement! Shoes are not necessary, but not forbidden. Ballet slippers are welcome. Please bring some water so you can stay hydrated while we have fun!

Cost: $10 per class; $60 for a 10-class pass
Instructor: Romana Bereneth
Session: ongoing; classes begin September 8
More Information: Visit https://www.facebook.com/romana.bereneth
Romana Bereneth
Romana Bereneth is a professional bellydancer based in both Cincinnati and Louisville who regularly performs at such events as Casandra’s Bellydance of the Golden Era Hafla at the Corinthian Restaurant, Belly Up to the Bar at the Leapin’ Lizard, as well as restaurant and guest appearances in Louisville. She has recently begun producing her own shows starting with the “Dancer in the Works” series based at the Cure Lounge in Louisville, Ky. She has studied bellydance intensively for six years under such instructors as Kelly Creagh, Azayani, and Ruric Amari Dance and has attended many workshops under other accomplished dancers such as Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Zahra Zuhair, Casandra and Emily Marie of Cincinnati, and Bronwen of Dayton, OH. She has also studied swing, flamenco, hula, Tahitian, ballet and modern in the past and is currently studying the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam. Expect to see elements of these forms in her classes!
Send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Belly Dance” in the subject line.

Chakradance – 7 keys to freedom – Adults

Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm

In each Chakradance class you will be guided into your own experience of each chakra using specific music, guided visualizations, mandala art-making and meditations.

Dancing the seven chakras is like dancing into seven different inner landscapes, each with its own lessons, meanings and stories. We explore our instincts, sexuality, and power, how we love and communicate, our intuition and our spirituality.

The process of Chakradance involves letting the movements emerge spontaneously as you surrender to the music of each chakra. It feels like entering into a waking dream. You may see images in your mind’s eye, recall memories or gain insights related to each chakra. You may also feel emotions or physical sensations. It’s a gentle unfolding, an awakening of who you really are.

Cost: $10 per hour
Instructor: Amanda Dunaway
Session: Sept. 8 – Oct. 20
More Information: Babywearing ok for parents, children ages 7 and up are also welcome to attend with parent.
Amanda Dunaway
Amanda has always been intrigued by the power of guided imagery. As an ancient practice this is an amazing healing tool for tapping into the chakras and how they play out in our lives. She offers guidance through the moving meditation in hopes you can increase the flow and feel more bliss within. Amanda was a licensed as a Chakradance facilitator in 2014. She has worked with guided imagery since 2010 as part of her doula practice (guided births).
This is a drop in class, but pre-registration is encouraged. Please email instructor at rhythmforyoursoul@gmail.com