Summer Modern Dance Workshop / Intensive for Adults

with MamLuft&Co. Dance

June 3-7, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio

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

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 in Northside, one of Cincinnati’s most walkable urban neighborhoods, 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 is also designed to compliment longer summer studies.


Details for the Summer Modern Dance Workshop / Intensive for Adults


2019 information coming soon! 

Below is the 2018 schedule and faculty

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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

Options: ladies form-fitting, ladies boxy/flowy, or unisex form-fitting

Available until May 15


Add-on: ML&Co. tote bag

Available until May 15


2 Extra Kinesiology Tape Rolls

Available until June 1


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.

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!

Ann Sofie Clemmensen, MFA of DA[N]CE DENMARK

Ann Sofie Clemmensen was born and raised in Denmark. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Norwegian College of Dance, received a first-class honor post-graduate degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and completed her MFA in Dance at OSU. She has worked collaboratively with various choreographers and visual artists, such as Henri Oguike, Darshan Singh-Bhuller, Wendy Houstoun, Francesco Scavetta, Sølvi Edvardsen, Tatiana Baganova and others. In 2014, Ms. Clemmensen developed a study abroad program in Denmark which she expanded in 2017, bringing 15 dance majors from OSU to Denmark for a 5 1/2 week-long performance, teaching and cultural exchange. The program seeks to strengthen the Danish American relationship through dance and art making. Ms. Clemmensen is currently holding a Visiting Assistant Professor position at OSU Department of Dance.


Modern Dance Masterclass

In this master class, we will be exploring release-based contemporary techniques; particularly floor travel and its play with weight shift and efficient body patterns. The class starts by warming up at ground level; moving into a standing breath component. We then transition into the floor, exploring fundamental body patterns through a set of exercises. Some partner work will be incorporated to help our understanding of oppositional energy. Lastly, we make the transition to more complex body-space-momentum which travel farther through space – here the foundational elements are reconfigured into risky fun movement play.

Photo by Ian Douglas

Samantha Conte of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Samantha Conte is a first-year company member of MamLuft&Co. Dance. Her previous training includes 14 years at South Dayton School of Dance under the instruction of Gina Walther, Gigi Gardner, and Erin Robbins.

In 2012, Conte was awarded the Monticello Award for Emerging Choreography for her work, Inferno, which was selected to perform in Montreal as a part of Regional Dance America.

In 2017, Conte received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from Ball State University.

Over the course of her dance training Samantha has worked with guest artists, such as Sidra Bell, Rodney A. Brown, Ruka White, William B. McClellan, Jr., and Debbie Blunden-Diggs.

Samantha is very excited to begin her dance career this season with MamLuft&Co. Dance.


Partnering / Weight Share in Modern Dance (with Hannah Williamson)

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.


Claire Dieringer of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Claire Dieringer is a 2016 graduate of Kent State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance Magna Cum Laude.

Over the last year, Claire has worked professionally as the Director of the Dance Program at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp and as a dance educator at several studios. In 2017, Claire joined both MamLuft&Co. Dance and Seven Dance Company.

As a student, Dieringer was a two-year member of the Kent Dance Ensemble and performed in faculty-choreographed concerts. In 2014, she performed at American College Dance Association and also studied at American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, studying with numerous teachers in multiple styles from all over the world.

Dieringer previously served as the President of the Student Dance Education Organization of Kent State. Claire was recognized on the Dean’s List every semester of her college career while also receiving many accolades such as the Dance Faculty Award for Service to the dance division and Outstanding Achievement Award as an Emerging Artist Award.


Lunch Chat: Juggling Life as a Dancer

ML&Co. Company Member Claire Dieringer will share a roundtable discussion with workshop participants regarding life after graduation, working as a dancer, and staying afloat. Dieringer is a member of two different dance companies, two hours apart, and works two other jobs: one in retail and one teaching for MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Education and Outreach Program. Discussion will give insight into her personal experience and what a young college graduate may expect.

Trisha Durham

Trisha has dedicated her life to being a movement and mind-body educator. A professional dancer previously with Dayton Ballet and former PADI scuba instructor –She now teaches modern vinyasa yoga full-time. Trisha believes yoga is holistic, embodied movement that promotes lifelong health. She is known for her unrushed and thorough style. Her mission is to help people discover their hidden strength that will allow them to move more comfortably, kindly and confidently. Trisha’s interest and dedication to multiple movement-based arts is what provides fresh insight that inspires her teaching. She is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Always a student; Jason Crandell is her primary teacher. www.trisha.yoga


Yoga for Dancers: Rest and Restore
Part of our Body Work and Cool Down Series

This yoga class is designed specifically for the dancer’s moving body. We’ll get right to work on deep restorative postures that will bring relief to often overworked areas of the body and mind. Rest, digest, integrate. We’ll do it all with reverence and curiosity, of course, and then finish up in savasana.

Leslie Dworkin, MFA

Leslie Dworkin, MFA, is an independent dance artist who choreographs, teaches, and performs internationally. Her performance residencies include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research in NYC, Jacob’s Pillow, Performática in Mexico, and WAVE RISING Dance Festival, to name a few. Dworkin’s work has garnered much choreographic support, including the 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Choreography. She has also received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Djerassi Fellowship, Movement Research Exchange, IPAP in Philadelphia, and a 3-year residency in the Susan Hess Choreographers Project in Philadelphia. Leslie has performed in the works of such noted choreographers as Ralph Lemon, Maureen Fleming, and Kei Takei; was an Associate Artist with Bebe Miller at the Atlantic Center for the Arts; a member of the Melanie Stewart Dance Company; and a guest artist with the Leah Stein Dance Company, and Sharir/Bustamante DanceWorks. Leslie has an MFA in Choreography from Temple University, and has been a guest artist in numerous dance departments throughout the U.S., including UCLA, UNC/Greensboro, Oberlin College, University of Texas/Austin, and Ohio University. She is a certified yoga and qigong instructor and maintains a private practice in central Ohio as a Trager bodywork practitioner.


Modern Masterclass: Ride the Wave, Feel the Fall

This release-based class plays with the balance between ease and power, fluidity, specificity, and detail. Gaining inspiration from a variety of somatic techniques including qigong, Bartenieff fundamentals, and improvisation, we harness our attention and access our breath, weight, soft joints, and a sense of connectivity. Beginning on the floor, progressing through standing exercises and long phrase material, we will explore moving with greater expression and refinement—taking that grounded ease into complex spirals, spinal articulation, and off-balance movement that is dynamic, joyous, and fully charged.

Dworkin, Leslie

Jeri Gatch, MFA

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Jeri Deckard Gatch is a Modern Dance teacher, choreographer, and performer. She earned her BS: Kinesiology from Indiana University, and her MFA: Performance and Choreography from Temple University, where she also taught for 2 years. Jeri was adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Dance and Theater Departments.

Since moving back to the Mid-West, Jeri has worked through the Contemporary Dance Theater since 1999, Growth In Motion, and performed with several local choreographers, as well as guest teaching.  Jeri choreographed for a workshop at the Playhouse In the Park, lead pre-school Creative Movement, was twice a Modern Dance faculty teacher at the Ohio Dance Festival, and in recent years was commissioned by Miami University, Berea College, and College of Lake County to set new works on their companies.

Jeri served two terms on the Board of Trustees of OhioDance, and is a Founding and Board member of Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. For 5 years, she was Co-President/President of the Mariemont School District’s Arts Association and is an Adjunct Faculty at University of Cincinnati-CCM. Jeri is now teaching for MamLuft&Co. Dance in after school programs and in-school residencies.

Composition Workshop

The students will continue to develop their skills and experience as choreographers focusing on creative process, and then the development and editing of movement into phrases and dances. The students may further develop their ability to discuss and critically analyze dances. The students will have the opportunity to further explore their personal aesthetic as a choreographer.

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.

Contact Improvisation Jam

A Contact Improvisation (CI) Jam will provide an open, informal space for workshop participants to freely practice the skills they have honed throughout the week. Movers will utilize the concept of point-of-contact, as well as mutually-safe weight sharing, and mindfulness in order to experience organic movement in real-time. This jam is a no-pressure environment that encourages students to explore and make discoveries without judgement.


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.

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.”


Experiential Anatomy

Experiential Anatomy, for dancers, is an avenue to a more connected way of moving. The somatic investigation combines kinesiological study with a physical experience in order to better understand our instrument. The desired effect of a long-term combination of somatic practices (that should include Experiential Anatomy) is improved safety, versatility, and nuance. This short session will introduce students to Experiential Anatomy through a few exercises conducted as individuals and with partners. Dancers will locate anatomical features through diagrams, touch, movement, visualization, and observation.

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); ML&Co. Company Members Hannah Williamson, Corrinne Bailey, and Claire Dieringer will serve as models for us; students cannot attend Wednesday’s session without also attending Monday’s.

Guided Meditation
Part of the Body Work and Cool-Down Series

Workshop participants will practice mindfulness through a combination of meditation and proprioceptive imaging. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness for dancers is improved well-being (physically, mentally, and emotionally) both in the studio and out. This session will provide a clear and open space for becoming “aware of awareness.” Using basic meditation techniques, participants will be led through an extended meditation that will flow from section to section: (1) basic awareness of thoughts, (2) focusing mindfulness, (3) head-to-toe body imaging and judgement-free observation of internal/physical sensations, (4) judgement-free observation of external environment, (5) judgment-free observation and naming of emotions or feelings.

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.


Jennifer Meckley, MFA of Abby Zbikowski’s The New Utility

Jennifer is a modern dance artist greatly inspired by the hip-hop culture. She aims to spread knowledge of street dance in academia and explores various approaches to presenting hip-hop on a concert stage by creating an authentic experience. She obtained a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University and a MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University. Jennifer was a dance professor at West Chester University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Northampton Community College. She currently teaches at Ball State University and actively pushes the boundaries of physicality through performance as a founding member of the modern dance company, Abby Z and the New Utility, directed and choreographed by the 2017 Juried Bessie Award winner Abby Zbikowski. The company has presented work at well-known venues and dance festivals including The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC., Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME., Judson Church Movement Research in NYC, DoublePlus in NYC, newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival in Pittsburgh, PA., Inhale Performance Arts Series in Philadelphia, PA., and Abron’s Arts Center in NYC.


Modern Dance Masterclass

The class will introduce dancers to the physical and mental training techniques practiced by the modern dance company Abby Z and the New Utility. The movement is inspired by diasporic dance forms and pushes endurance and strength while maintaining clarity and isolating specific body initiations. Distinct hip-hop dance movement is also incorporated to challenge these ideas and enhance the use of various dynamic qualities and musicality. Dancers should wear clean running sneakers or go barefoot.

Claire Melbourne of Cid Pearlman Performance Projects (SF Bay Area)

Claire Melbourne is currently in her 2nd year at the Ohio State University pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Dance focusing on choreography and interdisciplinary practices. With a background in bilingual elementary school education, she currently focuses her teaching on dance: contemporary/modern, improvisation, jazz and composition, to teens and adults. As a Humane Technology student fellow through the Advanced Center for Computing and Design (ACCAD), Claire is developing improvisational practices and scores that invite guests/audiences into performative work through interactive physical and digital materials, including movement of the body. She is interested in how these modes and dance making in general transfer between communities of self identifying performer/dance artist bodies and other populations and complicate dualistic notions of self/other, public/private, and inside/outside. A California native, Claire performed professionally with Cid Pearlman Performance Projects in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Los Angeles and has presented her own work in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA as well as Columbus, OH. She has trained with Bebe Miller, Tandy Beal, Cid Pearlman, Joe Goode, Molly Katzman, Eddie Taketa, Daniel Roberts, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and Crystal Michelle Perkins, among others. Claire’s latest work, here here is a site specific performance in Columbus at Sullivant Hall that explores physical sensation through the lenses of borders and permeability and premiers April 2018.


Modern Dance Masterclass

This class will begin with a grounding warm up, stretching and strengthening, followed by practices that call on somatic awareness, creative impulse, movement technique and crafting Dance. In the first half, we will move through improvisational tuning exercises, followed by center work and phrase material. For the second half, we will move into an embodied creative practice colliding learned movement from the previous hour with material generated through writing, voice and gesture to improvise and compose.
Photo by Photographic AF
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).


Kora Radella, MFA, 500RYT of Double-Edge Dance and BOOMERANG

Kora Radella is a choreographer, dancer, and movement teacher.  She is the choreographer and co-artistic director of Double-Edge Dance and BOOMERANG. Double-Edge Dance work has been performed in cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Cleveland, Columbus, London, and in New York City.  BOOMERANG’s work has been presented in NYC at venues including Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, 92Y, Center for Performance Research, Pioneer Works, and Roulette and in other locations nationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Pulse Art Fair in Miami, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, the Three River Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Cleveland Public Theatre, and the Watermill Center, and internationally at Berliner Festspiele in Berlin and Arts Arena in Paris at the invitation of renowned theater director Robert Wilson.  Noted for her use of “awkward grace,” Radella researches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances.  She was a recipient of an artist residency at Yaddo in 2016 and at Lake Studios Berlin in 2015, and of an Ohio Arts Excellence Award in 2014.  Radella’s primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique via what she calls “riding resilience,” improvisation, contact improvisation, and composition.  She is also a certified yoga teacher (500RYT). Radella has a Kenyon College dance faculty position that allows her flexibility to create special projects, do commission work, and teach master classes nationally and internationally.


Modern Dance Masterclass: Riding Resilience, Contemporary Dance Technique

The movement research of riding resilience demands athleticism and verve, as well as attention to detail. There will be lively investigations that utilize strength and release to create physical necessity and follow-through in our movements. Full-throttle motion via momentum-based phrases will nurture both disorientation and point-on-precision. Movers will experience the delightful nuances of moving on the edge of control!

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!)

Film Showing: Unyielding

MamLuft&Co. Dance has created several dances-for-camera. In 2014, Jeanne Mam-Luft and three dancers created Unyielding with the support of a Cincinnati Arts Fellow award. This 27-minute film will be shared during lunch as shown on the schedule.

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, the GRE exam, the different types of programs that exist, the schools offering these programs, financial aid / funding for graduate studies, and what one may expect in graduate studies.


We will conclude our jam-packed, energizing week with an informal showing/sharing. Students will perform the phrase from Modern Dance Technique in the morning, as well as their compositions from Comp Workshop, and repertory learned.

Social Outings / Group Lunches

Explore the highly-sought-after neighborhood of Northside (where our 2018 intensive takes place) and its food offerings. Between vegan options, a restaurant with unlimited arcade games, Himalayan food, burgers, diners, coffee shops, and other eclectic cafés all within walking distance, our group lunches embrace this unique opportunity to get to know each other outside the studio.

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


To be announced

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 will be conducting auditions for their professional company throughout the workshop.


For more information on auditioning, please visit our audition page.

Where is the workshop?

The Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive takes place in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s newly renovated Great Hall. Smaller classes for break-out sessions will also occur in the historic building’s vintage classrooms on the second floor.


Clifton is a centrally-located and walkable neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio with bus routes to other neighborhoods. Clifton is also minutes away from downtown Cincinnati.


Please note that there is no air conditioning in the Great Hall and limited air conditioning in the break-out spaces. Dancers are highly encouraged to be prepared!


For a map and address to the location, click on “Location” to the left.

Do you offer housing or roommate-finding assistance?

We do not offer housing, but there are four hotels within 2 miles from the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220).


The center is also near the University of Cincinnati, where many students may be subletting their spaces.


We can also assist you in connecting with others who may be seeking a roommate.

How much does it cost?

We are very proud to offer a high-quality and diverse week of study for such a comparatively low rate. Please see the “Costs” tab to the left.

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 offer partial scholarships. Please see “Costs” tab to the left for more information.

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.


We dance on wooden floors and on thin Marley. Floors are not sprung. 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]


If you experience other problems with the registration below, please click here to try another page.

You can also email [email protected] or call (513) 494.MLCo.

(We’re often in the studio, so please leave a message if you miss us. Email is preferred!)


  • $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.