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June 19, 2014

Guest artists to lead dance workshop

By Dan Levindofske

Cleveland State University is offering the CSU Summer Dance Workshop ‘14 from July 7-25. The annual workshop is being held for the 32nd summer.

CSU Summer Dance Workshop ‘14 is a three-week session consisting of Contemporary Technique, Pilates and Yoga.

Classes for each of these forms of dance will be held every morning during the three-week period.

“This is an opportunity to take classes in modern technique, pilates, yoga and creative process with a variety of dance artists and dance with college students and local professionals,” said Lynn Deering, Director of the Cleveland State Dance Program and Artistic Director of the Cleveland State Dance Company.

The classes will be instructed by guest artists from a variety of dance backgrounds.
The guest artists include Johannes Weiland, Kelsa Robinson, Amy Miller, Helanius Wilkins, who will all be instructing Contemporary Technique.

Deering said their bios speak to their vast experience as dance artists and educators.

“The students are getting information from professionals from New York, Chicago, Germany and Washington D.C.,” said Deering. “They have a chance to personally interact with them, find out how they have gotten where they are, and are exposed to varying approaches to dance.”

Cleveland State has access to these guest instructors through local theater and dance companies.

“We meet these artists through our partnerships with GroundWorks, Dancetheater, DANCECleveland and Playhouse Square,” said Deering. “Often they have come in to perform and they teach a master class for us and then agree to come back for a week in the summer.”

There will also be a series of special offerings outside of the classes including a studio showing wit GroundWorks DanceTheater, a creative process session with Amy Miller, meet-the-artist discussions and Dance Active with Tammy Metz Starr.

“The three-week workshop is intensive study and the students get to really immerse themselves in their dancing,” said Deering. “They are interacting with the guest artists and each other - what an amazing opportunity for networking and experiencing high caliber approaches to the art of dance!”

Deering said that because this workshop is a three-week intensive the students can really focus on their dancing. This is an advantage to taking part in this workshop in the summer instead of classes in the fall or spring.

The workshop isn’t only for skilled dancers however, as the workshop has dancers of all levels, from beginner to professionals and faculty.

The Summer Dance Workshop usually has around 50 participants consisting of college students, local professionals and community members, according to Deering.
For more information on the classes, guest instructor bios, or to sign up for the Summer Dance Workshop, visit csuohio.edu.