Theatre and Dance

CSU Summer Dance

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NEXT YEAR - JUNE 8-26, 2020! 
Participants can take all classes, or a mix of them!

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THANKS FOR AN AMAZING 2019 SUMMER DANCE SESSION! Please come back in April 2020 for registration, forms, bios, schedules, and more information for our 2020 Summer Dance Workshop. Want an idea about past workshops? See below for previous information, and a glimpse into who we are and what we do!

This past year - 2019 Daily Schedule: 

  • Somatic Techniques: Mondays - Fridays 8:45 - 10:00 am 
  • Contemporary Technique: Mondays - Fridays 10:15 - 11:45 am
  • Afternoon special offerings

CSU SUMMER DANCE from 2019
This past year - Schedule, Class Descriptions, & Artist Bios

(Click here for downloadable PDF version)

WEEK ONE - from 2019

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with JENNA RIEGEL
(Virginia Commonwealth University, VA)

JUNE 3rd – JUNE 7th   |  10:15 - 11:45 am  
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
> Class will begin with floor work, yoga and Pilates stretching and strengthening and improvisation to build warmth, ease us into motion, find agility and help us arrive more fully present in our bodies. Center standing work will draw upon a combination of release technique and ballet and align, balance and increase awareness of energetic efficiency and ease. Head/tail exploration and spinal articulation will be integrated into more traditional foot and leg exercises. Across the floor phrase-work will oscillate between imagery and task-based veracious improvisational scores and rigorous locomotion, athletic inversions and ambitious lofting. A culminating phrase will challenge the polarities of movement and investigate both off-balance and centered movement, bound and released, sustained and staccato, momentum driven and spatially controlled, on the floor and in the air, and sensation-based and shape-based movement. A friendly, uplifting, non-judgmental class culture will be attended to by steering clear of the binary of right and wrong and instead directing attention to cause and effect, the action and results of our choices. Personal findings will be encouraged to be shared to expedite learning within our community. Individualism will be honored and upheld even as profound body awareness and ability to replicate outside material is practiced. Enjoyment and fun will be contagious and inevitable!

Jenna RiegelJENNA RIEGEL, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Jenna holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. Since moving to NYC, Jenna has performed with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance and Johannes Weiland. She has also toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/ Dances and Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas & Company. In 2011, Jenna joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna has taught classes in Contemporary Technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, 100 Grand Dance and Barnard College, as well as Contemporary Partnering at The Juilliard School. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Emory College, Arizona State University, Brigham-Young University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, LIU, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, University of Iowa, the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. Jenna is currently a Visiting Guest Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.


WEEK TWO - from 2019

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with TEENA MARIE CUSTER
JUNE 10th – JUNE 11th  |  10:15 - 11:45 am
> This class will introduce students to the connections of modern dance concepts, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and street dance technique such as house and breaking. By using momentum, flow, and stabilization of the core and shoulder girdle, we will explore various techniques of floorwork, as well as investigate the shift in body alignment between each style in order to find efficiency of movement.

Teena CusterTEENA MARIE is an urban dance artist based in Pittsburgh, Pa/Ontario,Canada.  She has battled and performed nationally and internationally with her crews, Venus Fly, as well as her local Pittsburgh crew, Get Down Gang. She has won b-girl battles such as Enter the Cypha and UnderGround Movement and won the “House Cypher” award at Chicago’s Slick City event. Her hip hop dance theater work has been presented at the Breakin’ Convention in London, The American Dance Festival, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Ford Amphitheater in LA, and the American College Dance Festival Gala Concert.  She has created hip hop dance theater works for over 30 university dance departments around the U.S., and in addition to touring her solo show, “My Good Side,” she also dances with Bessie award winning Ephrat Asherie Dance in NYC and Bill “Crutchmaster” Shannon. Teena was on faculty at Slippery Rock University for 14 years, as well as the American Dance Festival, and has an M.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance from The Ohio State University.
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CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with AMY MILLER (Gibney Dance, NYC)
JUNE 12th – JUNE 14th  |  10:15 - 11:45 am
> Beginning with somatic and self-reflective practices, class then progresses toward highly rigorous, physical states created through experimenting with extremes: strength vs. tenderness, gesture vs. intellect vs. instinct, structure vs. play. This class arc is coupled with concise yet potent chances to build sophistication with observing and exchanging constructive feedback with others.  As Gibney Dance Company values leadership-building along all entry points, our classes represent an opportune moment to reinforce a framework that embraces virtuosity in many forms.

Amy MillerAMY MILLER, Senior Director of Gibney Dance Company in NYC, is a dancer, choreographer, educator, administrator and advocate. A former member of the Ohio Ballet, Miller spent a decade performing masterworks by such choreographers as Anthony Tudor, José Limon, Kurt Jooss, and Paul Taylor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, and Alonzo King among many others. She was a founding member of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater, where she collaborated on new work with such dance-makers as Dianne McIntyre, Alex Ketley, Keely Garfield, and David Parker. Miller remains the Artistic Associate of GroundWorks, where she has choreographed twelve works for the company. Her solo work has been seen in New York City at Judson Church, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House. Now the Senior Director and a performing member Gibney Dance Company, Miller also focuses on Gibney’s Community Action initiatives through facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, conducting both local and international trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, developing healthy relationship workshops for young people and raising awareness about the role of the arts in violence prevention. Miller has facilitated numerous teaching residencies at Oberlin College, Brown University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jacksonville University and Bates Dance Festival. Miller has conducted GDC Global Community Action Residencies at Mimar Sinan University and Koc University (Istanbul), University of Cape Town (South Africa), DOCH: School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), MUDA Africa (Tanzania) and most recently in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Amy Miller holds a BFA in Dance, has received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship for her choreography, and was honored to receive an Arts & Artists in Progress “Pay it Forward” Award from Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Dance USA - Cleveland 2019
-SPECIAL OFFERING-
This past session: June 12- June 15, 2019
The Dance/USA Annual Conference is an invigorating gathering of dance professionals united by their interests in advancing dance and celebrating the joy of movement. It is a time to honor leaders in the field, share and access new resources, and connect with peers through thought-provoking training and conversations. Together, attendees discover innovative approaches to shared problems and strengthen relationships among fellow dance professionals.

The Annual Conference travels to a different city each year, highlighting the unique vibrancy of dance communities around the nation. These varied locales offer new inspiration and showcase the host city’s arts and dance ecosystem. Join Dance/USA at this year’s Annual Conference and invest in yourself, your organization, and the future of dance. Leave ready to impact the dance world with new ideas, fresh ways of thinking, and with more confidence in your work.

Thursday, June 13th | 7:00 PM
Dance Showcase
Key Bank State Theatre, Playhouse Square
*FREE ADMISSION


WEEK THREE - from 2019

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with Helanius WIlkins (University of Colorado- Boulder)
JUNE 17th – JUNE 21st   |   10:15 - 11:45 am
Framework, an evolving practice developed by Helanius J. Wilkins, is a rigorous practice that transforms technique class into a laboratory for examining, exploring, and discovering bodily movements in real time. Informed by architectural concepts, the joy of daring dance is experienced through the activity of framing and re-framing structures where individual and collective discoveries can be made. Structures, cued by action narratives that serve as a guide for participants, meld notions of space together with ways of communicating through the body. Framework, as a movement technique, is a viscerally charged ongoing practice, resembling a ritual that employs recovery through activity. Specific design, time, and effort modules are built resulting in choreographic phrases and expressions. By assembling structures for students to inhabit, the ultimate goal of Framework is to question communication, refine technical ability and artistry, and interrogate one’s interior material. When fully committed to the rigors of the work, sensory engagement can be triggered bringing these architectural spaces to life.

Helanius WilkinsHELANIUS J. WILKINS, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, is an award winning choreographer, performance artist, and scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre & Dance at University of Colorado Boulder. His creative research and projects are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. In his intermedia collaborations he works with artists from a wide range of disciplines, including film, video, and design. He lived in Washington, D.C. for eighteen (18) years and founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly Black men that existed for thirteen (13) years (2001 - 2014). His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, DC’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and multiple Metro DC Dance Awards. In addition to being a three-time finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards, he is among the artists featured in Google Arts & Culture 2019 Black History Month's chronicling of the influence of black history on dance. In addition to performing the works of nationally recognized choreographers including Robert Moses, Earl Mosley, Joy Kellman, Troy Powell, and Kevin Wynn, he performed with Present Tense Dance Company (Upstate NY) as well as with Maida Withers’ Dance Construction Company (DC), and as a guest with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD).  He has equally enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the United States and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical productions for Washington, DC’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011). Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (National Dance Project), National Performance Network (NPN), the Boulder Office of Arts & Culture Public Arts Program, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supported his work.   www.helaniusj.com

INFORMAL SHOWING: Thursday, June 20th | 12:00 Noon | MB 523


ALL WEEKS - from 2019

SOMATIC TECHNIQUES with Lisa DeCato and Erica Steinweg
Weeks 1, 2, & 3  (JUNE 3rd  – JUNE 21st)   |   8:45 - 10:00 am

PILATES & BARTENIEFF FUNDAMENTALS
with LISA DECATO

> Sessions will explore personal body awareness in terms of dynamic alignment and total body organization. Mindful movement patterns will improve posture and balance, enhance mobility and stability, and develop core strength integration.  Using Bartenieff Fundamentals and Pilates we will discover a more articulate body for all aspects of movement in your life.

Lisa DeCatoLISA DECATO is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and an adjunct professor in the Dance Department at Cleveland State University. Lisa has an extensive background in teaching movement, somatics and applied kinesiology. She is the co-founder of the Learning Partners Group where she is a consultant developing programming to better understand the integration of the learning process and the body.  Lisa received an MFA in dance from the Ohio State University & continues to study dance, yoga, and Pilates.

YOGA
with ERICA EUFINGER STEINWEG
> Yoga informed by the Iyengar style is a wonderful complement to a dancing life. In this method, attention to postural detail helps to infuse the body with the mind’s awareness, illuminating new possibilities that can be applied to the stillness of asana and sweeping across the floor.

Erica SteinwegERICA EUFINGER STEINWEG, RYT began her career in movement as a dancer.  She has a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah, has attended Jacob’s Pillow, and danced professionally in the Cleveland area with the Repertory Project.  In yoga, Erica holds a certificate in Iyengar yoga and teaches at the The Emily Program -- an eating disorder treatment center, as well as The Yoga Room and Cuyahoga Community College.

 


For CSU Students:

CSU Summer Dance students will receive complimentary registration to the Dance/USA 2019 Annual Conference in addition to practical experience with event management, conference operations, and the opportunity to network and learn from the national service organization for dance, and leaders in the field.

Location of Summer Dance classes and events: 

CSU Arts Campus, Middough Bldg 5th Fl (#523)
1901 E. 13th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

*Metered street parking and parking lots/garages ($4-10 fee) available.
*Take elevators to 5th floor and follow signs to Dance Studio
(Room 523) 
 
Parking:
Parking lots ($4-$10 fees, depending on time and downtown activities) are available within walking distance of the Middough Building. Metered street parking (short-term: 1‐4 hours), is available north of Middough Building (along Chester Ave and near CSU main campus, East 13th St, & Payne Ave) and south of Euclid (Prospect Ave, etc). We suggest arriving early each day to allow time for parking. Avoid parking altogether by taking RTA (E. 13th and Euclid stop).

SAMPLES OF PAST WORKSHOPS-

2018 SUMMER DANCE ARTIST INFO:
(FOR FULL BIOS AND MORE CLICK HERE!)

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with DOUGLAS GILLESPIE
(Kate Weare Company, NYC)
JUNE 4th – JUNE 8th | 10:15 - 11:45 amGillespie
Class begins on the floor with mind/body centering followed by short floor exercises to get our blood pumping and to release weight into the floor. We move into guided improvisation to delve deeper into our intrinsic movement and explore our kinetic influences. Then, a series of short combinations introduce stylized choreography, ranging from gestural and “stop-action” concepts to vigorous floor work and expansive/full-bodied and explosive movement. Class culminates by combining short phrases into one monster phrase of dance and exploring what it means to be an engaging and magnanimous performer.
 
*Be prepared to move in & out of the floor. Bring or wear clothing that covers skin and/or kneepads as needed.
 
 
CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with BANNING BOULDIN
(New Dialect, Nashville)
JUNE 11th – JUNE 15th | 10:15 - 11:45 amBouldin
Drawing from her international dance experience and fluency in several modern, post-modern, somatic and contemporary dance approaches, Banning Bouldin facilitates an environment dedicated to research, where dancers are encouraged to explore a wide variety of physicalities and movement possibilities. Through the use of structured improvisation, participants will uncover new coordinations, deepen their embodiment of contemporary phrase work, and grow in confidence to make new physical choices in the moment. Each class begins with a guided improvisation to connect participants to their imaginations and bodies using prompts driven by sensation, form, and anatomical awareness. Dancers will then use these tools to explore new approaches to interpreting technique exercises and partnering. The session culminates in learning phrase work from Bouldin’s repertory or in a mini creative process, where dancers have the opportunity to collaborate with Bouldin to build a movement phrase using their own improvisations.
 
CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with Cameron McKinney
(Kizuna Dance, NYC) Nagare Technique - Contemporary Hip-Hop & Floorwork
JUNE 18th – JUNE 22nd | 10:15 - 11:45 amMcKinney
This contemporary floorwork-based class will combine the grace of modern with the speed and fluidity and streetdance, capoeira, and house dance. The class is rooted in Cameron McKinney’s NAGARE technique which activates oppositional forces and contrasting sensations to achieve fluid transitions in and out of the floor. Phrases will involve every part of the body—whether in the air or on the ground. The class focuses on how to move from smoothly high to low to high again, and on how to rediscover “the down” through the floorwork-oriented aspects of house dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance. By shifting the focus from an internal dialogue to creating movement that, in its own physicality, can tell a story by itself, the class will delve deeper into the cathartic potential of sweat and exhaustion, while offering a new and active method of expression. This workshop will introduce students to a unique approach to contemporary floorwork, while also allowing them to experience the rawness of underground streetdance.
DeCato
 
SOMATIC TECHNIQUES with Lisa DeCato and Erica Steinweg
Weeks 1, 2, & 3 (JUNE 4th – JUNE 22nd) | 8:45 - 10:00 am
 
PILATES & BARTENIEFF FUNDAMENTALS
with LISA DECATO
> Sessions will explore personal body awareness in terms of dynamic alignment and total body organization. Mindful movement patterns will improve posture and balance, enhance mobility and stability, and develop core strength integration. Using Bartenieff Fundamentals and Pilates we will discover a more articulate body for all aspects of movement in your life.
 
 
YOGASteinweg
with ERICA EUFINGER STEINWEG
> Yoga informed by the Iyengar style is a wonderful complement to a dancing life. In this method, attention to postural detail helps to infuse the body with the mind’s awareness, illuminating new possibilities that can be applied to the stillness of asana and sweeping across the floor.
 
 

Past year 2017 faculty included an exciting group of nationally and internationally recognized guest artists!

  • 2017 Week 1: Malpaso Dance Company (Cuba)
  • 2017 Week 2: Douglas Gillespie (Kate Weare Company)
  • 2017 Week 3: Monica Bill Barnes (MBB&CO) & Shannon Bramham (Koresh Dance Company) 
  • See below for artist bios 
PAST SCHEDULE DESCRIPTIONS AND BIOS from 2017

WEEK ONE - JUNE 5 – JUNE 9, 2017Malpaso
MALPASO DANCE COMPANY, based in Havana, Cuba is committed to bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. While the company’s core artistic vision is led by resident repertory choreographer Osnel Delgado,  the company develops its work in a collective creative process. Malpaso was founded in 2012 by Delgado, Daileidys Carrazana, and Fernando Sanz.

WEEK TWO - JUNE 12 - 16, 2017Doug Gillespie
DOUGLAS GILLESPIE is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. He is an originating member of Kate Weare Company and has been a creative contributor throughout its first decade. Now the company’s Associate Director, Gillespie assists Weare on commissions, sets and re-stages repertory, facilitates outreach and teaching, oversees touring and is integral to the company’s spirit. He teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program, National Taiwan University of the Arts and is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center in New York. Gillespie is an avid dance maker most recently choreographing Bellonas for Sarasota Contemporary Dance, which premieres Spring 2017. Gillespie has also created student commissions for Cleveland State University, University of Florida and Santa Fe College; two of which have premiered at American College Dance Festival. Gillespie premiered his first solo project Echo, in Taiwan in November 2015 and debuted it in the U.S. in 2016. Gillespie has performed in Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie was born in San Diego, raised in Jacksonville and received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005. 

WEEK THREE - JUNE 19 - 23, 2017Monica Bill Barnes
Monday - Wednesday w/ MONICA BILL BARNES
(In partnership with GroundWorks DanceTheater)
MONICA BILL BARNES founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to Carnegie Hall and has been presented in more than 75 cities throughout the US.  Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a choreographed exercise tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Museum Workout created in collaboration with artist and author Maira Kalman, and Happy Hour, the world’s only karaoke office party turned dance show, and the company’s first long-running show with recurring performances in NYC and tours around the country.

Thursday - Friday w/SHANNON BRAMHAMShannon Bramham
(In partnership with DANCECleveland)
SHANNON BRAMHAM, originally from Virginia, graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University.  She joined Koresh Dance Company in 2008.  Currently, in addition to dancing as a senior member of the Company, Shannon manages Koresh Dance Company’s robust touring educational and outreach program, leading many of the KDC’s programs offered on tour.  In addition, she is among the few dancers chosen to regularly set Koresh choreography.  Shannon is also regularly invited to teach and set her own work. Recent locations include Wright State University, South Dayton Dance Theater, Highpoint University, We are Artists, East Carolina University, and Nina's School of Dance.  Her work has also been showcased at ACDFA and RDA. Shannon currently teaches adults at the Koresh School of Dance.
 


Summer Dance Archives

See information from some of our past Summer Dance experiences here.

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Summer Dance 2015
Pictured - Tammy Metz Starr

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Summer Dance 2014
Pictured - class in progress

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Summer Dance 2013
Pictured - Helanius J. Wilkins

 

 

 

Location of Summer Dance classes and events: 

CSU Arts Campus, Middough Bldg 5th Fl (#523)
1901 E. 13th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

*Metered street parking and parking lots/garages ($4-10 fee) available.

 

*Take elevators to 5th floor and follow signs to Dance Studio
(Room 523) 
 
Parking:
Parking lots ($4-$10 fees, depending on time and downtown activities) are available within walking distance of the Middough Building. Metered street parking (short-term: 1‐4 hours), is available north of Middough Building (along Chester Ave and near CSU main campus, East 13th St, & Payne Ave) and south of Euclid (Prospect Ave, etc). We suggest arriving early each day to allow time for parking. Avoid parking altogether by taking RTA (E. 13th and Euclid stop).