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About ML&Co.

MamLuft&Co. Dance works to make
accessible, innovative, and palpable Modern Dance

…Will both impress you with technique and provoke you with thoughtful choreography.

—Rick Pender, CityBeat




children through adults
pre-professional & professional


financial aid
free performances
free lecture-demonstrations
free classes


MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit, resident modern dance company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and founded in 2007.


Recently named “Best Dance Company Pushing the Envelope” by CityBeat in 2012 and awarded “Best Design Concept” by the League of Cincinnati Theatres for the 2013 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, ML&Co. has been described by CityBeat’s Rick Pender as a company that “will both impress you with technique and provoke you with thoughtful choreography.”


The organization is in its tenth season (in 2016-2017) of working to bring more Modern Dance (and a better understanding of it) to more people in innovative and palpable ways. Its performer-collaborators—who are originally from New York, Utah, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Nebraska, Virginia, and of course, Ohio—create modern dance performances, education, and outreach.


Under the direction of Artistic and Executive Director Jeanne Mam-Luft and Assistant Company Director Susan Honer, the company seeks to provide opportunities for artists and audiences to create, advocate for, and educate through Modern Dance that is both accessible and also challenging at the same time.

The organization’s education wing sees over 100 kids a week in over 150 class registrations in two different neighborhoods, providing instruction in Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. In addition, the organization provides dance training to adults from the novice level through professional, the latter being served through the highly popular Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive.


MamLuft&Co. Dance’s artistic work is known for its focus on creating new evening-length works. Through highly collaborative processes, the company produces intricately staged, physically-demanding dance theatre. To reduce barriers to arts experiences, and Modern Dance in particular, its subject matter aims to be universally-resonant across cultures, classes, and backgrounds, addressing such issues as belonging, shifts of power, communal resolution, and, recently, aging and memory loss. The company creates works for the stage, as well as for the camera, including two half-hour films, Latitude (2012) and Unyielding (2015).


MamLuft&Co. Dance believes in connecting the public with excellent art and, to do so, has collaborated with international Dutch sound artist Allard Van Hoorn, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and many others.

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Company Mission

MamLuft&Co. Dance seeks to provide opportunities for audiences and artists to create, advocate for, and educate through Modern Dance that is both innovative, accessible, and palpable.


ML&Co. executes its mission through performances, outreach, education programs, and more intensive training for pre-professionals and professionals.

Company Philosophy

The company approaches movement as a process of investigation, rather than thinking of dance as a vocabulary of actions.


While MamLuft&Co. Dance works to make Modern Dance accessible to the general population, ML&Co. also challenges pre-conceived notions of what dance is by searching for authentic, organic, and original movement.


MamLuft&Co. Dance’s explorations are led by director Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft, whose personal history informs the company processes, as an immigrant and refugee of the Khmer Rouge genocide, as well as an interdisciplinarian of design, architecture, photography, and video.

Company History

MamLuft&Co. Dance was founded in 2007 in order to meet two needs: (1) to make modern dance accessible to Cincinnati and beyond, and (2) to create sustained opportunities for professional modern dance artists in Southwest Ohio who provide such services.


MamLuft&Co. Dance currently works with eight collaborative resident company members. In addition, MamLuft&Co. Dance has collaborated or performed with an ever-growing number of guest artists, organizations, or other collaborators, including composers, percussionists, video artists, collaboratives, and playwrights.


Its work has been seen locally since 2007 in seasons with multiple premieres of evening-length and shorter works. MamLuft&Co. Dance is a “regular” at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and performs its mainstage events at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. It has recently filmed portions of a dance-for-camera at the historic Emery Theatre. The company has performed in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and neighboring Kentucky.


The organization provides dance education and outreach programs at several area schools, community classessummer camp, and a summer workshop/intensive.


MamLuft&Co. Dance is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission has been supported in part by individual donors like you, The Ohio Arts CouncilThe William O. Purdy, Jr. Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, as well as through project grants from ArtsWave,Greater Cincinnati Foundation Summertime Kids Grants, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation/Cincinnati Arts Association Rental Subsidy, and The Summerfair Foundation.

Become a Part of Our Mission

Become a part of our mission to impact the community through dance.

You make our work possible through your patronage and support.


Here’s how you can become a part of our mission!


  • Please join us at an event and consider making a tax-deductible donation.
  • View our current needs to see how you can get involved!
  • We also solicit your dialogue: please contact us today and sign-up for our communications.
  • Dancers and non-dancers interested in performing with us may view auditions here.

Board Members

Rachel KirleyChair, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Lindsay Dunn, Vice Chair, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Krista Paas Nicholas, Treasurer, Emersion Design

Jennifer ChotoSecretary, Art Academy of Cincinnati

Juliette Bezold, GBBN Architects

Jerry Judge, Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Susan Lennard

Meghan O’Connell, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Become a Board Member

MamLuft&Co. Dance is in need of engaged and supportive individuals to serve on our Board of Trustees. If you are interested in serving as a leader or supporter in an arts organization, please contact us today.