Summer Modern Dance Workshop / Intensive for Adults

with MamLuft&Co. Dance

June 3-8*, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Now with a performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on June 7 & 8 (by audition)!

Classes run from June 3 – 7. Participants who are accepted into the performance cast will also be needed June 8.

Don’t miss the early registration discount

Register by April 15 for the lowest rates

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive

An exciting week focused on Modern Dance Studies.
Immersive, intensive, and affordable.
For adult college students, graduates, pre-professionals, and professionals.

Named Best in Cincinnati – Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope by CityBeat (2012)

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive is an invigorating week of dance that is both intensive and affordable. Held this year in a beautiful, new event center in Cincinnati’s Kennedy Heights Neighborhood, 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.

This year, the workshop features an exceptionally-rare opportunity. The repertory course will create a work to be performed at Cincinnati’s mainstage for Modern Dance, the Aronoff Center for the Arts (audition required). The performance will be a part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Area Choreographer’s Festival on June 7 & 8 (participants in the work will thus be needed June 8). Otherwise, classes end June 7.

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 is also designed to compliment longer summer studies.

This year: the repertory course will create a work to be performed at Cincinnati’s mainstage, the Aronoff Center, as part of the Area Choreographers Festival


Details for the Summer Modern Dance Workshop / Intensive for Adults


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Registration Type

Due Date


Early Registration

Register by April 15 for lowest prices


Includes 1 kinesiology tape roll for the Myofascial Taping class

Regular Registration

In effect between April 16 & May 15


Includes 1 kinesiology tape roll for the Myofascial Taping class

Late Registration

In effect starting May 16


Includes 1 kinesiology tape roll for the Myofascial Taping class.

Day Pass or Pick 5 Classes

No deadline, but early appreciated


Does not include kinesiology tape

Pick 3 Classes

No deadline, but early appreciated


Does not include kinesiology tape

Add-on: ML&Co. tank or tee

Tank is a thin, women’s cut. Tee is boxy/roomy or men’s cut.

Available until May 5


2 Extra Kinesiology Tape Rolls

Available until May 15


Day Pass, 5-class, and 3-class will need to bring their own tape or purchase this if participating in Myofascial Taping Class


Two work-study scholarships are available, worth $100 toward tuition. Please contact [email protected] to apply.

Work-study scholarship recipients will be asked to come early and stay late. If selected for a scholarship, you must register for the workshop within 1 week. Otherwise, it will be offered to someone else.

Referral Discount

Sign-up with a friend and both of you will receive $25 back! Simply email [email protected] with your names after registering.

This section is currently under construction. Please return for updates in the next few weeks.

Faculty biographies are in alphabetical order by last name below and accompanied by their course descriptions.
Other activities are described farther down, after the faculty bios.

Corrinne Bailey of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Corrinne Bailey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2017. Originally from Columbus, Bailey is a first-year company member with MamLuft&Co. Dance. Her passion is teaching dance of all forms to all ages and levels of abilities. In addition to teaching with ML&Co., Bailey has taught in public school programs. She teaches a variety of classes, such as Modern, Creative Movement, and Hip Hop. Bailey is also a certified Pilates instructor. She received her Pilates Mat I and II certifications through Power Pilates and has taught in Columbus, Athens, and Cincinnati. She recently completed the Pilates Comprehensive Certification and is now teaching at BodyMind Balance Studio in Evanston.

Bailey has performed as a soloist and has had the opportunity to work with and perform for many guest artists, such as Doug Nielsen, Nii Tete-Yartey, DanceTheYard, Joanna Kotze, Travis Gatling, Ani Javian, and Nathan Andary. As a student, Bailey participated in the American College Dance Association (ACDA) for three years and recently performed in a piece chosen for adjudication. Bailey has performed her own duets and solos for Movement Concerts, a public performance, as well as the Nuit Blanche Arts Festival, a local arts festival in Athens.

Bailey is very excited to be in Cincinnati and dancing with MamLuft&Co. Dance. With the company, she is able to combine her love for performing and dance education and in Cincinnati she is able to continue her passion for fitness and Pilates.


Contact Improvisation

Founded by Steve Paxton in 1972, Contact Improv (CI) is a unique genre of dance emphasizing the relationship between dancers. Students will learn basic techniques, working together to maintain contact. CI includes touch, weight sharing, and lifts, and requires keen awareness of bodies in space.

Lunch Chat: Pilates Certification

Pilates, a core-focused exercise system regimented for dancers, is now more popular than ever and accessible to all people of all ages and abilities. Learn about the purpose behind Pilates, how it can benefit your dance career, and ways to get certified.
BYO lunch!

Jeffrey M. Luft

Jeff Luft holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied under timpanist, Timothy K. Adams. Jeffrey is a percussionist at the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and is a maker of custom timpani mallets under the moniker Luft Mallets. His clients have included principal timpanists of the orchestras of The Met, New York Philharmonic, Sydney Opera House, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Zealand, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Charlotte, and others. He currently also performs with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and Indianapolis Symphony. He has also performed with concert:nova and numerous other orchestras. Jeffrey has collaborated with MamLuft&Co. Dance as both a live improviser and composer.


Dancers will learn an excerpted phrase from original MamLuft&Co. Dance repertory. ML&Co. repertory demands physical and performance range, asking for both power and nuance. ML&Co. repertory also requires a strong utilization of groundedness, as well as a sense of loftiness, in order to achieve safe and dynamic lifting/partnering and weight share.


Susan Honer, MFA of MamLuft&Co. Dance
Assistant Company Director

Susan Honer hails from Southwest Virginia and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. She is owner of Present Body Pilates where she teaches Pilates and SmartSpine™ Therapeutic Bodywork.

Honer is dancing in her eighth year with MamLuft&Co. Dance, with whom she is also a Choreographer and the company’s Pilates Trainer.

Susan received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English from Hollins University. She has studied intensively with artists such as Donna Faye Burchfield, David Dorfman, Jennifer Nugent, Karinne Keithley, Gerri Houlihan, Neta Pulvermacher, and Mark Haim.

Susan’s work has been seen in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New York, and Austria. In 2009, Susan was commissioned to create an original work for Merge Record’s 20th Anniversary Dance Concert, Merge with Motion. Susan regularly returns to her alma mater Southwest Virginia Ballet to perform and choreograph.

She is also the co-founder of Distance Dances, a blog and video-based dance collaboration with fellow dance artist Gina T’ai.

Ms. Honer has been a collaborator and rehearsal director with ML&Co. since 2011. In 2015-2016, Susan debuted her first full length show for ML&Co., The Double, based on the novella by Dostoyevsky. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, MamLuft&Co. Dance has commissioned a new work from Honer, to premiere in 2018 in partnership with Contemporary Arts Center.

SmartSpine™ Workshop: The Optimal Delivery System for Intelligent Movement

In this “crash course,” dancers will learn basic protocol for use of the SmartSpine™ tool in their daily movement practices, discovering the “inside job” of fitness. Grounded in recent research in the field of fascia, the SmartSpine™ system uses the fascial properties (thermoreception, proprioception, and interoception) as an effective delivery system to create improved movement potential. While improving efficiency, they are also tools that encourage a “whole body” approach instead of compartmentalization. The SmartSpine™ system aids in restoring mobility and encourages embodiment through “learning to connect,” using all of the senses. The SmartSpine™ is used warm: research explains the effects and benefits of warmth (thermoreception) applied during movement, such as improved movement potential and a noticeable decrease in pain achieved in a shorter period of time as compared to conventional approaches and protocols.


Jeanne Mam-Luft, MFA of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft is an interdisciplinarian — a choreographer, designer, and photographer. She founded MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2007 to help facilitate consistent creation and development of professional Modern Dance in Cincinnati. Over ten years of directing the Company, Jeanne has created 30+ works, produced countless events, worked with 32 Company Members, and collaborated with many outside organizations and artists.

In 2014, Jeanne was the first and only dance artist to be awarded an Arts Ambassador Fellowship from the City of Cincinnati. Jeanne served on the OhioDance Board of Trustees from 2009-2015, is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance, was the Assistant Director of Contemporary Dance Theater from 2010-2014, and has served as a panelist for Ohio Arts Council.

Jeanne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Mam-Luft studied photography and video at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. As a student, she received full scholarships to both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival.

Jeanne’s work is often inspired by her experiences as an immigrant and a refugee of the Khmer Rouge genocide. CityBeat‘s Kathy Valin has said, “Jeanne Mam-Luft is a brainy director and accomplished choreographer (and filmmaker), and it shows…Fans will no doubt appreciate the work for the virtuosity and variety.”


Dance Photography Workshop
Part of the Lunch Technology Seminar Series

MamLuft&Co. Dance Director and photographer Jeanne Mam-Luft will teach a workshop on foundations for photographing dance. Mam-Luft, who is responsible for all of MamLuft&Co. Dance’s photography, will share foundational techniques she’s discovered over 15+ years of photographing dance. This will include both technical and creative considerations. In order to fully participate, students will need to bring their own DSLR camera (basically, a camera that looks something like this and has manual settings of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed). Students who cannot bring a camera are still very much welcome to participate, as they may either be able to try someone else’s equipment and/or take notes for future reference. In addition, the material will also help dancers to have better pictures taken of themselves, as well. (Questions regarding this class or cameras can be sent to Jeanne at [email protected])

NOTES: bring your own lunch (we will start after a quick lunch break); students cannot attend Wednesday’s or Friday’s sessions without also attending the previous ones.

Modern Dance Technique

The morning Modern Dance Technique series will progress and build upon each day. The class will utilize a long, progressive floor exercise designed to provide a full-body warm-up, centered on the core and pelvis. Center and across-the-floor movement is of a pluralistic style that references traditional and release techniques. Dancers will be challenged with movement that asks for range, connected phrasing, physicality, and nuance. The class will seek seamless transitions between contraction, stretch, and release. To find connected movement, Mam-Luft will stress Bartenieff body connectivity patterns (particularly, head-tail, sequential, and cross-lateral patterns), the use of dynamic alignment, and a heightened awareness of weight shifts.

Qlab Programming
Part of the Lunch Technology Seminar Series

Qlab is probably the most useful and yet comparatively easy-to-learn performance control software application. Qlab can centralize control of audio, video, and lighting. This software is now an industry standard and quite popular. The software is very useful for providing a polished and professional audio-visual performance experience, as well as to run cues with variable and complicated timing (e.g., pieces whose music changes based on what the dancers are doing on stage). This session will teach the very basics of attaining professional results from running a show’s sound and projection from a laptop through the use of Qlab. We will focus primarily on sound control, as well as the quirks of Qlab and potential pitfalls of using a laptop for a performance. Video control will be introduced on a limited basis.

NOTES: Students will need a Mac laptop to share or borrow. ML&Co. has machines to loan: please contact [email protected] if you will need one. Students should pre-download and pre-install Qlab on their machines, as well as the Qlab Remote App if they have an iPad or iPhone. Students should also have about 6 music files and 3 video files downloaded on their computer (of their choosing). More information will be provided via email: please ensure that you have chosen Qlab Programming session in your registration so that you will be included in this email.

Gabriel Martinez of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Gabriel Martinez is a first-year MamLuft&Co. Dance Company Member. A Mexican dancer and choreographer, Gabriel has worked with distinguished Mexican and international choreographers and performed with many different Mexican dance companies, such as Ballet Teatro del Espacio, Ballet de la Ciudad de Mexico, Foco al Aire, and Teatro Inercia, among others.

Martinez has studied classical ballet technique and contemporary dance at Ballet Teatro del Espacio’s school and Danzjafora academy in Mexico City. In 2007, he traveled to Berlin, Germany where he enriched his work by attending workshops given by Renate Graziadei and Jeremy Nelson in Studio LaborGras and RadialSystem, as well as training with other Berlin-based groups.

Gabriel began teaching dance in 2007 for professional and amateur dancers in different studios in Mexico. He has also taught various workshops for performers of different disciplines, including “Teatro Ciego” a theatre company with blind actors.

Gabriel began his career in the United States when he moved to North Carolina in 2014 where he had the opportunity to dance, choreograph, and teach with the Carrboro Modern Dance Company, a working relationship that lasted from his arrival in 2014 until his departure in 2016. Gabriel was invited to choreograph and dance as an independent artist in Eno River Dances 2015. He also danced with Anahata Dance and Alyssa Noble in productions for Tobacco Road Dance Festival in 2016.

In addition to his dance work, Gabriel is certified by Inspira Pilates as a Pilates trainer and has been working with different populations (including dancers) since 2010. Martinez has taught at Pilates Condesa (Mexico City) and Carolina Core Pilates (Carrboro NC), among other studios.


Part of the Body Work and Cool-Down Series

Martinez’s Pilates classes focus on Classical Pilates combined with some adaptations, as well as contemporary Pilates exercises that emphasize breath and rhythm. Martinez and students will search for balance to respect bodily differences while developing physical capabilities at the same time.

Choreographer, Elena Rodriguez Moore.

Elena Rodriguez Moore, LPTA of MamLuft&Co. Dance
Company Director & Choreographer

Elena is in her eighth season with MamLuft&Co. Dance and is the company’s Repertory Rehearsal Director.

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.


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.

Full-time students will receive a roll of kinesiology tape for use during the class. Students may add additional pairs of rolls for $20. Day pass, 5 class pass, and 3 class pass students will not have kinesiology tape included in their tuition. They may bring their own tape or purchase an add-on below before May 15. Students may also bring any kind of tape they may already have simply to practice with (strong, fabric-backed tape such as gaffers tape or elastikon would work best).


Hannah Williamson of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Hannah Williamson is a 2017 graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Magna Cum Laude under the instruction of Terri Wylie McWilliams, Gina Walther, Justin Gibbs, Gregory Robinson, and Erin Robbins. As a student she performed in numerous dance concerts and musical theater productions including The Great Gatsby and No, No, Nanette. She also performed a work entitled “Testament” choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and set by both, Dwight Rhoden and Clifford Williams of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Upon graduation, Hannah apprenticed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Carmel, IN and performed in their 2017 production of A Night In India.

In addition to Hannah’s work as a professional dancer, she also has a passion for choreography. Having received accolades from both students and professors for her choreography throughout her college career, her crowning achievement was when her senior piece “White Shores” was chosen from among the entire 2017 graduating class’ works to be performed in the annual faculty concert. Her piece was performed along side pieces choreographed by legendary choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden and Bob Fosse. Most recently, Hannah was selected through an adjudication process to the Columbus Modern Dance Company’s January 2018 Emerging Choreographer Residency.

Hannah will be going into her second season with MamLuft&Co. Dance.


Partnering / Weight Share in Modern Dance (with Samantha Conte)

Dancers will explore partnering and weight sharing in exercises focused both on the floor and standing. We will focused on lifts in pairs, but will also play with lifts done in larger groups. Our end task will be to strong together lifts into a phrase that will help you and your partner find the communication and flow that is necessary to perform a successful partnering duet.



Modern Dance Trivia

Test your Modern Dance history knowledge in a fun game of trivia! From the pioneers to today’s frontrunners, do you know your predecessors and your contemporaries? The winner will receive an ML&Co. t-shirt! (Don’t forget to BYO lunch if you plan on attending!)

Concert Repertory Footage Screenings

Concert footage from MamLuft&Co. Dance work will be viewed.

Lunch Chat: Should I Go to Grad School?

Studies in dance after a bachelors degree include a Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. This discussion will include some insight into the application process and the different types of programs that exist. In addition, the discussion facilitator will discuss other aspects of life after graduating from undergrad.

Social Outings / Group Lunches

Take a trek out of the event space and into Cincinnati’s eastern neighborhoods (Hyde Park, Rookwood, Oakley, and Kenwood). Our group lunches embrace a unique opportunity to get to know each other.

Students will sign up for restaurants on paper sheets at the studio.


Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex

6620 Montgomery Rd

Cincinnati, Ohio 45213

Look for the colorful mural on Kennedy, at the intersection with Montgomery.

If you find yourself at a white mansion, you are at the wrong building, a block away.

Cincinnati, Ohio

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive is intended for adults, college students through professional.


The summer dance program addresses, celebrates, and explores crucial topics for dancers at every stage of their careers: somatic practices, technique, injury prevention, and envisioning one’s artistic work.


In five concentrated days, these courses introduce and refresh many topics that celebrate the vastness and breadth of modern dance. Contemporary dancers of other genres will also find the studies both very challenging and useful.


ML&Co.’s Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive is an amazingly affordable/inexpensive, active, and diversified week: a great compliment or alternative to much more costly summer programs or festivals.


Designed for the serious dancer, the workshop is open to all adults. There are no auditions for entry into the program.


Teens ages 14-18 are encouraged to attend the Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive. If you are unsure which intensive to enroll your teen in, please send a video of your child in performance or class to [email protected], along with a list of modern dance instructors and number of years studied with each.


MamLuft&Co. Dance no longer auditions dancers during its Summer Intensive. In order to provide more time for new company members to make arrangements to move to Cincinnati, auditions are now conducted in March. Upcoming audition for the 2019-2020 season (to start late summer 2019) is occurring on March 30, 2019. For more information on auditioning, please visit our audition page. In very exceptional cases, students at the Workshop may be offered a contract, but we prefer that potential applicants audition in March.

Do you offer housing or roommate-finding assistance?

We do not currently offer housing, but we will put people in touch with each other if they’re looking to share a room. We are also exploring the possibility of host housing in the neighborhood. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Do I have to pay in full now?

A non-refundable $50 deposit is due at the time of registration.


Your balance must be paid in full by the corresponding registration rate in order to receive the lower Early Registration and Regular Registration rates.


See “Costs” for the deadlines and amounts.

What is the refund policy?

The first $50 of your fee is a non-refundable deposit. Any other refunds beyond the $50 deposit must be requested in writing to [email protected] before May 15. After May 15, refunds cannot be given for any reason.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We are not offering scholarships at this time for 2019 summer. However, please contact us at [email protected] if you face hardships — we may be able to help.

Do I need to audition? How do I register?

There are no auditions for the workshop itself. Adults 18+ may register for the workshop simply by filling out a form and sending in the fees. (Although, if you are professional wishing to audition for MamLuft&Co. Dance’s company, please see our Audition Page for more information.)


Minors under the age of 18 are encouraged to take the Teen Intensive.


Extremely advanced teens who dancing at the college or professional level may be considered for admission. Please inquire at [email protected] with the minor’s name, age, birthdate, past training, experience (years, techniques, teachers, choreographers), and a video link. It is highly stressed that this workshop is intended for persons who can be responsible for their own bodies: the workshop is designed for adults and as such, do not coddle students such as may be necessary or appropriate for many minors. Minors admitted to the program will be treated like self-sufficient adults. Any minors who attended in the previous year are automatically welcome to attend again.

What is the dress code?

There is no dress code, except for the following considerations.


Floors are not sprung, nor do we use marley. No rosin is allowed to be used. Dancers may choose whether or not to wear Ballet slippers in Ballet class to best satisfy their safety concerns.


We request no extremely short shorts.


We do a lot of floor work: dancers are advised to wear long yoga pants and have thin, long-sleeve shirts ready. If you need knee pads, we recommend you bring cotton Chinese knee pads. If dancers prefer to wear shorts due to the heat, their floor work must not be encumbered.


Please remember the studio is not air conditioned.

I'm not sure if this workshop will be too hard for me.

Even though the coursework is at a very high level, we work very hard to create a nourishing, creative, and accepting environment for all dancers. As long as you can follow along in an intermediate class, you will fare well at our workshop. We encourage dancers to help each other, stay positive, and have fun!

Can you send me some posters and postcards to share at my studio or school?

We would love to! Please send us your information at [email protected]


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  • $50 of tuition paid is a non-refundable deposit and is not refundable for any reason (e.g., illness, change of plans, injury preventing ability to attend, etc.).
  • All other refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected] no later than May 15th, 5pm.