Summer Teen Modern Dance Intensive and Pre-College

with MamLuft&Co. Dance & Guests

June 10-14, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio

For intermediate and advanced teens interested in expanding their knowledge of Modern or Contemporary Dance outside of competitive settings — plus, exposure to area dance university faculty

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Register by May 15 to save $30

Designed for high school students with intermediate / advanced dance training

Younger dancers accepted on case-by-case basis. Send training history to [email protected] with information about your child and your contact information.

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

Join MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive, this summer in the gorgeous Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex. This unique week-long summer program is designed just for teens to explore Modern and Contemporary forms of dance, as well as to gain exposure to college dance programs in the region.

Consider this a pre-college dance experience for young dancers.

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s professionals teach within academic traditions and invite esteemed professors of dance who will share with students information about their programs.

The Modern Dance Teen Intensive is an invigorating week of dance that is both challenging and supportive. It is priced lower than other intensives we’ve found and is a safe, judgement-free zone for teens to have fun and make new friends.

There are no auditions required.

Immersive, supportive, and affordable



Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive Details

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Early Registration

Register by April 15 for lowest prices


Regular Registration

In effect between April 16 & May 15


Add-on: ML&Co. tank or tee

Available until May 15


Late Registration

In effect starting May 16


Day Pass

No deadline, but early appreciated



Must receive in writing by May 15

$50 of your tuition is a non-refundable deposits

T-shirts/tank tops are non-refundable

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In alphabetical order by instructor’s last name.

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.


Modern Dance Technique (Release)

We will be working with Release Technique, a sequential spine, and finding control in ever-changing movement. Exploring movement from big to small, Modern will challenge your body patterning as well as your creative outlook.

Samantha Conte of MamLuft&Co. Dance

Samantha Conte’s 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.

Partnering / Weight Share in Modern Dance

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; in 2018, she became MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Education and Outreach Coordinator. 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.


In repertory class, dancers will learn choreography that is original to MamLuft&Co. Dance. The movement will feature athleticism, partnering, and lifts. Students will learn a significant excerpt/piece of choreography from the professional company’s repertoire. One of the goals of this class is to work beyond “knowing the steps” and finding qualities that make a performance memorable. The dancers will learn the piece progressively each day in order to perform the excerpt at the Friday showing.


Ashley Goos, MFA

Ashley is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and has been in the dance field her entire professional career. Ashley holds a BA in Theatre from Miami University (OH) and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. During her time at Florida State, Ashley developed several new programs for the School of Dance, and set a piece at the Bourdelle Museum in Paris, France. Additionally she was nominated for PIE Outstanding Teaching Award, a University wide award. She has taught at the Cincinnati Ballet, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Prep program, and numerous other venues. She has served as assistant and dancer to choreographers such as Alex Ketley, Emily Johnson, Yanira Castro, Rodger Belman, and Loren Davidson. Ashley has also provided administrative consultation and development support for non-profit organizations around the United States. Some of her administrative partners include Audience Architects (Chicago, IL), the Cincinnati Ballet, the Kentucky Shakespeare Theatre (Louisville, KY), and as a development consultant for Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre (Chicago, IL). Ashley served as an adjunct professor at Miami University (OH) where she developed her own Dance for the Actor curricula. In the fall of 2017, Ashley was a Full Time Guest Artist at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), and is currently an adjunct professor of dance at Xavier University.

Contemporary Floor Work

Learn how to mobilize the pelvis and spine on the floor while taking up as much space as one can! This class will explore the different ways we can support our weight, change direction, and take up space without standing.

Kimberly Karpanty, MA, MFA, PMA®-CPT

Travesty Dance Group Artistic Director & Co-Founder
Kent State University Associate Professor

Kimberly Karpanty, MA, MFA, PMA®-CPT is a Professor of Dance at Kent State University where she is a 7-time recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award. She teaches courses including modern dance, Simonson-based jazz dance, American Jazz Dance History, composition, kinesiology and dance & technology, and directed the pre-professional Kent Dance Ensemble from 1996-2017.  Karpanty holds a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and a MA in Dance/ Dance Education from New York University in NYC where she taught, choreographed and performed professionally for over a decade.   She is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar, and is certified in Pilates and Simonson Technique. Karpanty  is the Artistic Director of Travesty Dance Group in Cleveland; she has created over 60 works in modern dance, dance theatre, screendance and concert jazz dance genres which have been presented throughout the United States and abroad in Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Dubai, Germany, Macao, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.


Modern Dance Technique

Karpanty’s class has been described as “eclectic modern.” It is a mix of classical and contemporary concepts including those of Limon, Lewitsky, Taylor and Karpanty’s ongoing explorations.  Floor work and body conditioning informed by Pilates are significant portions of the class designed to balance strength and flexibility in dancers’ bodies. The highly athletic style focuses on alignment, breath, release, weight exchange, impulsion, gesture and an expansive use of space. Repertory phrases come from Karpanty’s diverse body of work and equally use air and floor space.

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 over 40 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 serves 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.”


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.

Gabriel Martinez of MamLuft&Co. Dance

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.


Gabriel’s Contemporary Dance class is a mix of different dance techniques, such as Release Technique, Klein Technique, acting, and physical conditioning. His goal is to challenge students to connect body and mind through movement.




of Miami University

Lana Kay Rosenberg is an Associate Professor in the Miami University Kinesiology and Health Department (KNH), the Director of Dance Theatre, a performing contemporary based company, and the off ice dance coach for Miami’s 2 Synchronized Skating Teams. She founded the National Dance Association’s Choreography Evaluation Project and has served on the Executive Boards of the American Dance Guild, the National Dance Association, the American College Dance Association, and OhioDance.  After receiving a Fulbright to Brazil in 1990, she has continued to teach and choreograph for various schools and companies there each year. As Dance Theatre director she teaches, choreographs one or more dances for the company each semester, and guest teaches across the country for dance companies and skating teams.

Modern Dance Technique (Traditional)

The class will merge modern technique from a number of traditional/classical styles (Graham, Limon, Horton, etc.) to produce movement that is anatomically appropriate and will flow from segregated movement to movement phrases on the floor, standing, and across the floor.




Formerly of Visceral Dance Chicago

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.

Contemporary Dance

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of The Ohio State University

Bessie Award-Winner for Sustained Achievement in Dancing; Formerly of Doug Varone and Dancers, Murray Louis Dance Company, Nikolais Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Jacob’s Pillow Men Dancers: Ted Shawn Legacy

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.

Modern Dance Technique


Gina Walther

of Wright State University and formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

As a professional dancer, Gina performed works by many of modern dances’ most influential choreographers, they include:  Dwight Rhoden, Ulysses Dove, Donald McKayle, Merce Cunningham, Talley Beatty, Anna Sokolow, Donald Byrd, and many more.  While performing with The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Gina toured Germany, Russia, France, and throughout the United States. During her tour of the United States, she had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and The Joyce Theatre. Gina’s choreography has won several choreographic awards including the prestigious National Choreographic Award, the Project Tier Award and received Gala Status many times at the RDA Regional Ballet Festivals. The New York Times called her work Still Present set on DCDC “a stirring dance” that “served as a sparkling introduction to the troupe.” Gina received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at Wright State University.

Lester Horton Modern Dance Technique

A traditional Horton class, emphasizing moving from the inside/out with less muscular tension and incorporating a strong technical approach. Focus is on finding support from the floor, connection to space, and on moving efficiently with flexibility and power.

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 and Contemporary Dance Theater’s Area Choreographers Festival in 2018.

Modern Dance Technique

Daily Modern Dance Technique will be taught in the style of MamLuft&Co. Dance, by company member and Wright State graduate, Hannah Williamson. Each class will build upon the day prior and will culminate in a short excerpt to be performed at the Friday showing. The class will be focus on strengthening technique, mind-body connection, and learning to make strong choices regarding movement, performance, and musicality.


Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex

6620 Montgomery Ave

Cincinnati, Ohio 45213

Look for the colorful mural on Kennedy (corner of Montgomery)

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

Cincinnati, Ohio

MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive is intended for high school teens, aged 14-18. Younger students are accepted on a case-by-case basis with consideration of prior training, their independence, and their comfort level in taking class with teens.

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

There are no auditions for entry into the program.

Even though we work very hard to create a nourishing, creative, and accepting environment for all dancers, this workshop is not intended or recommended to teens who are beginners or new to dance.

We recommend at least participants to be of an intermediate or advanced level. Classes will move fairly quickly and are not for beginners.

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!

What is the environment of this intensive like? Is it competitive?

MamLuft&Co. Dance strives to create a nurturing, positive environment for teenage dancers to thrive, challenge themselves, grow, and find confidence. We believe that the teenage years are difficult ones, and struggles of adolescents are multiplied when they’re dancers. So much of our self-esteem stems from our self-image: it is not in our pedagogy or acceptable teaching behavior to break students down, insult them, play favorites, or body shame them.

This program is very rigorous and challenging, but it’s also fulfilling, encouraging, and very understanding.

It is not cut-throat, favoritism-fueled studio culture! Dance is for everyone. We welcome everybody and every body into the program with encouragement and welcome!

Do you offer housing or roommate-finding assistance?

At this time, no official housing is provided. We can connect parents to one another if families are interested in sharing rides, etc. We are also looking into host housing in nearby neighborhoods.

Do I have to pay in full now?

If you wish to pay in installments, please contact [email protected]

Your balance would need to 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 each tuition fee is a non-refundable deposit. Any other refunds beyond the $50 deposit must be requested in writing to [email protected] before May 15 at 5pm. After this point, refunds cannot be given for any reason, whether it be illness, injury, change of plans, or other reasons. T-shirts/merchandise cannot be refunded.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We offer a sliding scale based on income. Please contact [email protected] for more information!

Do I need to audition?
  • There are no auditions for the workshop itself.
  • Teens 14-18 may register online. Simply scroll down to get started!
  • Dancers younger than 14: parents must first contact us at [email protected] Please send child’s name and discuss his/her experience/training, comfort level in dancing with teens, level of independence/self-sufficiency, and provide us with your contact information (email, phone).
What is the dress code?

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

We dance on wooden floors, floors are not sprung, and 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. However, the floor can be slippery, so while we do not encourage the use of footwear during Modern classes, we will allow them.

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.

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

Even though we work very hard to create a nourishing, creative, and accepting environment for all dancers, this workshop is not intended or recommended to teens who are beginners or new to dance.

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]

What are the terms and conditions?

When you register for the Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive with MamLuft&Co. Dance, you agree to the following:

“I am a legal guardian of named child(ren) and give permission for said children to fully participate in the Mam-Luft and Company Dance Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive, while fully recognizing the inherent physical risks involved in dance and movement activities. I do hereby release, forever discharge, and agree to hold harmless Mam-Luft and Company Dance, Kennedy Heights Arts Center, their trustees, staff, instructors, volunteers, employees, and agents and their heirs (collectively known as the “Indemnities”) from and against any and all liability and expenses of any kind that my assignees and representatives may have now or in the future including attorney fees, property damage, personal injury, or loss of life as a result of, in association with, or in relation to participation in said activities. I also hereby grant permission to photograph my child(ren) and release all rights into perpetuity.”


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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.

Referral Discounts

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