MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive is an invigorating week of dance that is both intensive and affordable, priced with the college-aged through professional dancer in mind.
The workshop/intensive focuses wholly on Modern Dance, celebrating both the vastness of Modern Dance genre, as well as the process and aesthetics of Cincinnati’s Modern Dance company, MamLuft&Co. Dance. Courses in both technique and theory feature a large variety of guest artists from internationally-renowned companies.
Held for the first time in MamLuft&Co. Dance’s newly-acquired 1.25 acre facility, the workshop/intensive is situated on the edge of the midwest, within driving distance of both the east coast and deeper midwest.
The summer program is highly immersive on its own and is also complimentary to longer summer studies.
Register by May 15 before registration increases by $40
An exciting week focused on Modern Dance Studies. Immersive, intensive, and affordable. For adult college students, graduates, pre-professionals, and professionals.
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Register by April 15 for lowest prices
Includes 1 kinesiology tape roll for the Myofascial Taping class
In effect between April 16 & May 15
Includes 1 kinesiology tape roll for the Myofascial Taping class
Tank is a thin, women’s cut. Tee is boxy/roomy or men’s cut.
Available until May 5
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
In effect starting May 16
Includes 1 kinesiology tape roll for the Myofascial Taping class.
No deadline, but early appreciated
Does not include kinesiology tape
No deadline, but early appreciated
Does not include kinesiology tape
A work-study scholarship is available, worth 50% of 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.
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.
John Litzler was raised just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with 3 siblings. Litzler received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with a concentration in Jazz, from Point Park University under the direction on Susan Stowe. While attending Point Park University, he appeared in works choreographed by Kiesha Lalama-White, Christopher Huggins, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gerald Arpino, and Trey McIntyre to name a few. Upon graduation, he accepted a company position with River North Dance Chicago, with whom he performed and toured internationally for 2 years. During this time, John performed work by choreographers like Frank Chaves, Ivan Perez, and Adam Barruch. John also worked as a professional dancer in Los Angeles and performed with Sia at Coachella. Outside of performing, he has a passion for teaching and expanding his knowledge of the art. He is excited to be back in Cincinnati to create, and to share his artistry, in such an eclectic city.
Rolfing® is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organizes the whole body in gravity, developed by Ida P. Rolf. In this class, Masden will introduce participants to Structural Integration. Following a demo with Masden working on a demonstrator, participants will pair-up for hands-on application of the technique. Please be advised: Rolfing is known to be very intense. If participants are unsure about the hands-on applications, please do not hesitate to inform us and to observe the class.
Crystal Michelle is a choreographer, dancer, and intermedia artist. She was named Associate Artistic Director of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) in 2014. Previous to her appointment, she was a dance artist with DCDC’s professional company for nine seasons, became Resident Choreographer, and appointed Arts Curriculum Coordinator in 2010 for DCDC’s education programs. As coordinator, Ms. Michelle became integral to the design of Dancing to the Curriculum, a highly recognized arts-integration dance residency for elementary and middle grade students in Dayton Public Schools. Over the years, she has taught dance master classes and was teaching artist for the company’s outreach services. As a choreographer, performer, and researcher she has traveled nationally and internationally, including Ougadougou, Burkina Faso and Port of Spain, Trinidad where she researched African Diaspora movement styles and began her newest venture: The Beautiful Archive Project. Ms. Michelle collaborated with Dayton’s Blackbird String Quartet, The University of Dayton’s Department of Music, the Khalid Moss Jazz Trio for the creation of Unrested and Unfaithful. The creation of her site specific work The Descent of this Water: Rain (2014) was commissioned by the Dublin Arts Council and performed in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. Her evening length contemporary work for DCDC, The Littlest Angel, premiered in December 2014. She set choreography to The King of the Magi and Martin Luther King from Duke Ellington’s, Three Black Kings performed by DCDC and accompanied by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s production of American Mosaic in 2015. Ms. Michelle has created dance works for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cutno Dance, SMAG Dance Collective, and Stivers School for the Arts Dance Ensemble. She has been a guest artist for the New Orleans Ballet Association/NOLA, the Augusta Ballet Company, Compton Dance Theatre, The Moving Architects, and SMAG Dance Collective. In 2014, she received the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and was honored with the Josie Award, which recognizes individual excellence in the art of dance for performers in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Michelle holds a MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Inaugural Class of Leadership Fellows.
Cody Szarko is a native of Toronto, Canada. He trained under at Vlad’s Dance Company in Richmond Hill, Ontario and furthered his dance artistry by obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Point Park University, with a concentration in Jazz. Upon completion of his degree, he was offered a contract with Visceral Dance Chicago, a contemporary dance company. Throughout his career, he has performed works by world renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Monica Cervantes, Alejandro Cerrudo, Robyn Mineko Williams, Sidra Bell, and Banning Boudin. Cody worked in Los Angeles, California and worked as a freelance dancer. He has performed and filmed with the band, Celtic Thunder, as well as the Miss America Organization. When not performing, Cody flourishes in teaching movement across North America, connecting body and mind through movement language.
Eddie Taketa was a New York City based dance artist from 1982-2015, performing on countless stages throughout the world. He has been a member of more than a dozen dance companies, of which include the Murray Louis Dance Company, Nikolais Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy. Additionally, Taketa maintained a performing and creative collaboration with Janis Brenner. From 1994-2015, Taketa was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers. He was an original cast member in twenty-eight of Varone’s works, and nine operas and plays directed/choreographed by Varone; served as the company’s Rehearsal Director; and staged Varone’s works on over thirty companies and university programs. Taketa has served on the faculties of Montclair State University, Lehman College, Bates Dance Festival, and SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara; was Guest Artist at Connecticut College, the University of Iowa, and University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and Visiting Lecturer in the Program in Dance at Princeton University. Taketa holds a BFA in Dance Theater from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement in Dancing.
Nashville native, Countess V. Winfrey, began her dance training at the age of 11 at Wharton Arts Magnet Middle school; continued her training at Nashville School of the Arts, and went on to pursue dance as a minor at the University of Memphis. After deciding to continue her dance training post-graduation, Ms. Winfrey joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s pre-professional ensemble in 2012, which then led into a professional dance career with The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Ms. Winfrey will be rounding out her fourth season with the professional company and her sixth year with the organization. Ms. Winfrey has danced professionally with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and with ClancyWorks Dance Company based in Washington, D.C. As a pre-professional and a professional dancer, Countess has taught recreational and master classes at many dance institutions regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has choreographed works on a multitude of students from ages 8 to post college graduates and professionals. Ms. Winfrey has set work for Funk Lab Creative Arts Center, Terre’s Dance Workshop, DCDC2, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; nationally, she has set work in the Washington, DC area for ClancyWorks Dance Company, West Potomac High School in Virginia, and has co-choreographed a piece for her Alma Mater, the University of Memphis; internationally, she co-choreographed a piece for an international dance company called Kazyna Dance Company based out of Shymkent, Kazakhstan in May 2018. Countess V. has also had the opportunity to perform internationally in Kazakhstan, China, and Russia (including two sold out performances at the world famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia). She has also performed works by Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Crystal Michelle, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Kevin Ward, Sarah Gamblin, Adrienne Clancy, and many more.
Corrinne Bailey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2017. 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. 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. Originally from Columbus, Bailey’s passion is teaching dance of all forms to all ages and levels of abilities. In addition to performing with MamLuft&Co. Dance, Bailey 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.
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.
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 ninth 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 commissioned a new work from Honer that premiered in 2018 in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center.
In this open discussion between participants and Susan Honer, MFA, Modern Dancers will discuss the realities of life after undergraduate school, whether it be opportunities or obstacles. Susan (who is a graduate of the American Dance Festival / Hollins University MFA program) will also give insight into the benefits and costs of a graduate degree in dance, various types of programs, and admission requirements.
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.
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.
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 grant 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.” PHOTOS BY RACHEL BRUCE JOHNSON
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.
This year, Repertory class will culminate in a performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati’s mainstage for contemporary dance. As such, repertory will only be available to full-time students. Students will be auditioned and cast for the work accordingly. Extra rehearsals in the evenings may be necessary. In addition, a technical and dress rehearsal will take place at the Aronoff downtown. We will coordinate rides. The performances are on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, 2019. Registrants will be emailed regarding what clothing they are advised to bring with them for costuming purposes. Students who are not cast into the work will work on the same repertory work as a second cast. Any questions may be directed to [email protected]
In this lunch seminar, workshop participants will be introduced to funding in the arts for both individuals and organizations. Fiscal agency, federal 501(c)(3) standing, and state non-profit recognition will be addressed. Participants will be introduced to the bigger picture behind grant-writing and funding to better understand where a successful grant application begins. Participants will see real examples of both simple and complicated grant applications. Helpful resources for further consideration will also be provided through a digital download.
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 addition, the material will also help dancers to have better pictures taken of themselves, as well. NOTES: In order to fully participate, students will need to bring their own DSLR camera (basically, cameras with a NON-digital viewfinder, detachable lenses and has MANUAL settings of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed). Students who cannot bring a camera are still very much welcome to attend. 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.
This course is recommended for those interested in choreography and production. 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, focusing primarily on sound. 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. More information will be provided via email.
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.
PHOTOS BY JEANNE MAM-LUFT
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.
Elena danced with MamLuft&Co. Dance for 7.5 seasons and was 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. Her evening-length work, Climb (2018), was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and based on her family’s experiences (including her father’s immigration from Colombia). 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.
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.
Film and concert footage by MamLuft&Co. Dance work will be viewed.
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.
8222 Monon Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45216
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.
However, during the Summer Intensive, exceptional participants may be approached.
We urge interested persons not to rely on the Summer Intensive audition, as June may be too late for us to offer contracts for the coming fall/spring season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no dress code, except for the following considerations. We ask that shoulders, elbows, backs, and knees are covered to accommodate floor work. No rosin is allowed. No foot thongs, socks, or other footwear is encouraged for any of the Modern classes. We request shorts no shorter than mid-thigh. If you need knee pads, we recommend you bring cotton Chinese knee pads.
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!