Dance Classes

Perception: A Dance-Theatre Experience – Adults

Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Perception is the name of the game when going through life, but so often we are caught in the middle of how we see ourselves and how others see us. Some say it’s out of our control…but is it? This class explores, through personality-inspired movement and text, what messages you put out in the world in the form of Tanztheatre, or “dance theatre.” No dance experience necessary, as the workshop focuses on finding your personal journey through movement that showcases YOU exactly as YOU are. The end-goal is to showcase your truest self.


Cost: $200 for 8-week session
Session: 8 weeks (June 11 – July 30)
Instructor: Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Class Size: 5 – 10
Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Darnell Pierre Benjamin is originally from Louisiana, with a solid background in dance and theatre. With an MFA from University of Houston and a BFA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Darnell’s experience in the arts ranges widely from Modern Dance to William Shakespeare. Darnell is an active member of Actor’s Equity Association, Queen City Queer Theatre Collective, and Pones, Inc; and Darnell is beginning his seventh season as a company member with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Along with acting and dancing, Darnell has been a teaching artist for nearly ten years in the Tri-state area and beyond.
Email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Perception: A Dance-Theatre Experience” in the subject line. Registration will be confirmed via email, with payment due on or before the first day of class.

Stories in Motion – Adults

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30am

We all have stories—good, bad, and everything in between; but the common thread with our stories is that they define us. Through storytelling and movement, we will explore what it is to bring our stories to life in a theatrical setting. No writing or dance experience necessary—just a willingness to share and explore movement.


Cost: $200 for 8-week session
Session: 8 weeks (June 11 – July 30)
Instructor: Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Class Size: 5 – 10
More Information: This class is open to all adults, with a particular interest in senior citizen students.
Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Darnell Pierre Benjamin is originally from Louisiana, with a solid background in dance and theatre. With an MFA from University of Houston and a BFA from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Darnell’s experience in the arts ranges widely from Modern Dance to William Shakespeare. Darnell is an active member of Actor’s Equity Association, Queen City Queer Theatre Collective, and Pones, Inc; and Darnell is beginning his seventh season as a company member with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Along with acting and dancing, Darnell has been a teaching artist for nearly ten years in the Tri-state area and beyond.
Email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Stories in Motion” in the subject line. Registration will be confirmed via email, with payment due on or before the first day of class.

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: $25 registration fee
Session: Ongoing
Latoya D 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.”
Contact instructor at (513) 687-5756 or promoves513@msn.com

Beginner West African Dance – All Ages

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:15pm

Learn in depth technique and style of West African Dance. Allow the sounds of traditional West African drumming take you on a journey. Beginners of ALL ages are welcome.


Cost: $10/adults, $5/youth (cash only)
Session: 10 weeks (June 9 – August 11)
Ivy Pea, BlackButterfly
Founder of NGOMA, LLC. Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, Poet, Musician, Educator & Mother; only a few words to describe a creation of elegance — Ivy Pea, BlackButterfly. Ivy began her journey into the arts, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an instrumental music major at The School for Creative & Performing Arts. She became a fluent Flautist while playing with SCPA’s Big Jazz Band and the Symphonic Winds Ensemble. As an adolescent, Ivy discovered her wings with the Afrikan-American Drum & Dance Ensemble. It was here that she established a foundation in dance; West African dance. With performance and travel opportunities, Ivy studied and trained diligently under Master instructors. Over the years, she continued to augment her craft, creating authentic influential dance techniques. Ivy is seeking to cultivate positive self –esteem to youth through the art of dance.
Register at www.dancengoma.com

Intermediate/Advanced West African Dance – All Ages

Thursdays, 7:15 – 8:30pm

Come experience life with NGOMA! You don’t want to miss this intense, high-energy West African Dance class! Allow the sounds of traditional West African drumming take you on an unforgettable journey. Meet Me On The Dance Flo!


Cost: $10/adults, $5/youth (cash only)
Session: 10 weeks (June 9 – August 11)
More Information: Children 12 & under dance FREE with paying adult!
Ivy Pea, BlackButterfly
Founder of NGOMA, LLC. Dancer, Choreographer, Instructor, Poet, Musician, Educator & Mother; only a few words to describe a creation of elegance — Ivy Pea, BlackButterfly. Ivy began her journey into the arts, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an instrumental music major at The School for Creative & Performing Arts. She became a fluent Flautist while playing with SCPA’s Big Jazz Band and the Symphonic Winds Ensemble. As an adolescent, Ivy discovered her wings with the Afrikan-American Drum & Dance Ensemble. It was here that she established a foundation in dance; West African dance. With performance and travel opportunities, Ivy studied and trained diligently under Master instructors. Over the years, she continued to augment her craft, creating authentic influential dance techniques. Ivy is seeking to cultivate positive self –esteem to youth through the art of dance.
Register at www.dancengoma.com

Intro to Improvisation – Adults

Sundays 2:00 – 3:00pm

This MamLuft&Co. Dance class with introduce the basics of dance improvisation and welcomes all levels of movers. Students will be challenged both physically and mentally in a practice that develops physical awareness and celebrates individuality. Creative expression will be fostered within a safe, judgement free, and accepting learning atmosphere. By the end of the course, students will have a broader movement vocabulary and inherent ability to problem solve, both of which they may put into practice in other dance classes and their daily lives.


Spring Session: Apr. 3, 10, 17, (no class on Apr. 24), classes return May 1, 8, 15. (registration deadline, Mon., Mar 28)
Summer Session: June 20 – Jul. 31 (registration deadline, Mon. June 13)
Cost: $72 for 6-week session
Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance

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. Please check the dates for the upcoming session above. Please register by purchasing a session bellow 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!

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: $117 for 9-week session
Session: 9 weeks (June 11 – August 13, no class July 2)
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: $117 for 9-week session
Session: 9 weeks (June 11 – August 13, no class July 2)
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: $105/child for 4-week session; $285/child for 11-week summer camp
Instructor: Dr. Patrice C. McCarter, LPCC, PC-S
Session: May Sampler: 4 weeks (May 4 – 25); Summer Camp: 11-week session (June 8 – August 20)
Class Size: 12 students maximum per session
More Information: Time for Summer Camp session TBA
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.
Call Dr. McCarter at (513) 317-4984 to begin registration over the phone. Registration will be completed at first session.

Adult Beginner Modern Dance Technique – Adults

Sundays, 1:00 – 2:00pm

This class will introduce modern dance in a speed that is manageable for all levels. Starting with an introduction to technique, methods of improvisation, moving in and out of the floor, and moving through space, the class will aim to get you in tune with your body and moving in a way that is comfortable for you. By the end of the session, students will gain heightened body awareness and ability to move more efficiently. Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn. All are welcome!


Cost: $72 for 6-week session
Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
Spring Session: Apr. 3, 10, 17, (no class on Apr. 24), classes return May 1, 8, 15. (registration deadline, Mon., Mar 28)
Summer Session: June 20 – Jul. 31 (registration deadline, Mon. June 13)
Class Size: Must have 6 students registered to run class.
More Information: EVEN IF YOU WOULD NOT CALL YOURSELF A ‘BEGINNER,’ this class is designed for adults who would not be comfortable in a fast-paced class. There are no refunds for missed days after-the-fact.  If 6 registrants are met, “drop-ins” will be allowed at an up-charge of $15 each class. Please DO NOT drop-in without checking with us first to make sure minimum registration was met! You may call or text 513.494.6526 or email dance@mamluftcodance.org.  For full class policies, visit http://mamluftcodance.org/classpolicies/#adult
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.

Intermediate Adult Modern Dance – Adults

Sundays 3:00 – 4:25pm

This class will move more quickly and is designed for those familiar with modern dance and contemporary techniques. We will use improvisational practices to warm up, followed by more technical exercises to get students moving through space. With each week we will expand upon previous exercises, building throughout the duration of the session. By the end of the six weeks, students will feel more comfortable with dance and anatomical terminology, have a heightened ability to pick up and remember choreography, and have a better sense of their weight and body placement.


Cost: $90 for 6-week session
Spring Session: Apr. 3, 10, 17, (no class on Apr. 24), classes return May 1, 8, 15. (registration deadline, Mon., Mar 28)
Summer Session: June 20 – Jul. 31 (registration deadline, Mon. June 13)
Class Size: Must have 6 students registered to run class.
Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
More Information: THIS CLASS IS FASTER-PACED THAN A BEGINNER CLASS AND ASSUMES PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE.  There are no refunds for missed days after-the-fact.  If 6 registrants are met, “drop-ins” will be allowed at an up-charge of $17 each class. Please DO NOT drop-in without checking with us first to make sure minimum registration was met! You may call or text 513.494.6526 or email dance@mamluftcodance.org. For full class policies, visit http://mamluftcodance.org/classpolicies/#adult.
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.