Jeanne S. Mam-Luft, MFA
Artistic & Executive Director
Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft is an interdisciplinarian (choreographer, designer, and photographer) who is strongly influenced by design-thinking and cinematic composition. She founded MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2007 to help facilitate consistent creation and development of professional Modern Dance in Cincinnati.
Over twelve years of directing the Company, Jeanne has created 30+ works, produced countless events, worked with over a hundred performers, and collaborated with many outside organizations and artists of international repute.
In 2014, Jeanne became 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 review panelist for the 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.”
Susan Honer, MFA
Assistant Company Director & Choreographer
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 Resident Choreographer / Director. 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.
In 2015-2016, Susan debuted her first full length show for ML&Co., The Double, based on the eponymous novella by Dostoyevsky, and last year, worked with Contemporary Arts Center and partner Sean Simon to create Iceman 3000, which imaged the future discovery of a mummified person from our present-day and was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Elena Rodriguez Moore, LPTA
Rehearsal Director & Choreographer
Elena danced with MamLuft&Co. Dance for eight seasons before taking maternity leave. Elena premiered her first evening-length work last year with Climb, a work that explored her Colombian father’s migration to the States and her identity as an American. (Climb was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. ) Previously, she 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.
Originally from Columbus, Corrinne Bailey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2017. Her passion is teaching dance of all forms to all ages and levels of abilities. In addition to currently teaching with ML&Co., Bailey has taught in public school programs in a variety of classes, such as Modern Dance, Creative Movement, and Hip Hop. Bailey received Pilates Mat I and II certifications through Power Pilates and recently completed the Pilates Comprehensive Certification through a scholarship with Power Pilates at BodyMind Balance Studio in Evanston. She has taught Pilates in Columbus, Athens, and Cincinnati.
Bailey has performed both as a soloist and ensemble member, having 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.
Bailey has performed for Nuit Blanche Arts Festival, a local arts festival in Athens, and creates work in the Fellow Collective.
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.
Samantha’s previous training includes 14 years at South Dayton School of Dance under the instruction of Gina Walther (formerly with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), 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 including Sidra Bell, Rodney A. Brown, Ruka White, William B. McClellan, Jr., and Debbie Blunden-Diggs.
Claire Dieringer is a 2016 graduate of Kent State University, from which she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude.
Claire has worked professionally as the director of the dance program at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp in Pennsylvania, and as a dance educator at several studios. In 2017, Claire joined both MamLuft&Co. Dance and Seven Dance Company. She is now MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, as well.
As a student, Dieringer was a 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.
Gabriel Martinez Rubio
Gabriel Martinez is a Mexican dancer and choreographer who has worked with distinguished international artists and performed with numerous Mexican dance companies, such as Ballet Teatro del Espacio, Ballet de la Ciudad de Mexico, Foco al Aire, and Teatro Inercia, among others.
Martinez 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, and trained with other Berlin-based groups.
Gabriel began teaching dance in 2007 for professional and amateur dancers 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; he had the opportunity to dance, choreograph, and teach with the Carrboro Modern Dance Company, which birthed 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 training different populations since 2010. Martinez has taught at Pilates Condesa (Mexico City) and Carolina Core Pilates (Carrboro NC), among other studios.
Hannah Williamson is a 2017 graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She previously trained at Northern Cincinnati Youth Ballet.
At Wright State, she performed and choreographed in numerous concerts; her senior work was specially chosen to appear in an otherwise faculty concert. During her senior year, she performed in the work ™Testament,∫ choreographed and set by Dwight Rhoden and Clifford Williams of Complexions Dance Theatre. She also performed in WSU’s musical production of The Great Gatsby and No, No, Nanette.
Hannah recently apprenticed for Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre for their 2017 production, A Night In India.