MamLuft&Co. Dance | Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive with MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance's Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive (in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an invigorating, immersive, and intense week of studies. Created for high school teens ages 14-18, the Teen Intensive teaches Modern Dance and exposes young dancers to other forms of dance. With classes taught by Cincinnati's professional modern dance company and distinguished guest artists, teens will be met with a positive, supportive environment.
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Summer Modern Dance Intensive for Teens by MamLuft&Co. Dance

June 12-16, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Register by April 15 for the lowest rates!

Designed for high school students, ages 14-18, who have had at least 2 years consecutive dance training, and are able to follow safely in at least an Intermediate-level class.

Younger dancers accepted on case-by-case basis. Send training history to 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 for its second year! This unique week-long summer program is designed just for teens to explore Modern Dance and to gain exposure to other forms of contemporary dance.


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


The Modern Dance Teen Intensive is held in the newly renovated Great Hall at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in the heart of Cincinnati.


There are no auditions required.


• Jeanne Mam-Luft, MFA, Artistic Director, MamLuft&Co. Dance

• Abby Carlozzo, MA, Education and Outreach Director of MamLuft&Co. Dance

• Neile Martin, Third-year MamLuft&Co. Dance Company Member

• Alexandra Brannon, de la Dance Company / de la Arts Place

• Tracey Bonner, MFA, Northern Kentucky University / Former Broadway dancer

• Katie Farry, Exhale Dance Tribe / Planet Dance

• Rodney Veal, MFA, The Art Show

An exciting week JUST for teens, filled with  Modern Dance + other forms



MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Modern Dance TEEN Intensive

Immersive, supportive, and affordable




Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive Details

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Registration Type

Due Date


Early Registration

Register by April 15 for lowest prices


Regular Registration

In effect between April 16 & May 15


Late Registration

In effect starting May 16


Day Pass

No deadline, but early appreciated


Add-on: ML&Co. tank or tee

Available until May 1



The workshop does not include housing or meal plans, which are not provided. The fees below are for tuition only.

Non-Refundable Deposit

• The tuitions above include a non-refundable $50 deposit.

• The $50 deposit cannot be refunded for any reason, including injury, illness, or other reasons for cancelation.

Refunds and Cancelations: MUST BE REQUESTED BY MAY 15, 5PM

Cancelations must be made in writing by 5pm, May 15 in order to receive a refund minus the $50 deposit. No refunds can be given after May 15, 5pm. To cancel, please send an email to

T-Shirt/Tank Top Add-ons: AVAILABLE UP TO MAY 1

ML&Co. t-shirts and tanks can be added for $25. The last day to pre-purchase is May 1.

In alphabetical order
Choreography / Composition with Jeanne Mam-Luft

With MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Artistic Director/Founder, Jeanne Mam-Luft, intensive participants will be introduced to basic techniques for composing choreography for Modern Dance. Students will rely on principles introduced in previous classes from the week (such as Modern Dance Technique, Improvisation, and Partnering) to create organic choreographies that challenge students to be original and creative works.

Contemporary Ballet with Alexandra Brannon

A traditionally sequenced ballet class adding in elements and movement of contemporary dance styles. This class will challenge dancers by pushing the limits of their ballet technique. Ballet shoes or socks are recommended.

Contemporary Jazz with Katie Farry

Description coming soon!

Contemporary/Modern with Rodney Veal

Rodney‘s masterclass will look at different pathways to movement generation using contemporary social and political issues as the source materials. The class will explore movement through the use of text, imagery, and spoken word to create a choreographic study.

Hip Hop with Katie Farry

Description coming soon!

Improvisation with Jeanne Mam-Luft

In this class, students will use improvisation to explore and discover new movement in a supportive and accepting environment. They will also practice communicating with other movers without using words. Through the practice of improvisation, the students will be challenged to move “outside of the box” and find organic and original movement of their own.

Inversions with Neile Martin

In this class, students will learn and practice skills of dancing “upside down,” on their hands or otherwise “inverted.” Floor work, connectedness to the ground, and other

Modern Dance Technique with Abby Carlozzo

Students will explore both traditional and progressive Modern Dance principles through floor work, axial, and locomotor motion. Our Modern Dance Technique class will emphasize the individual and their movement experience.

Musical Theatre Dance with Tracey Bonner

Musical Theatre styles will introduce the dancer to some basic ideas of musical theatre dance as they pertain to storytelling through dance. Basic rhythmic patterns will be utilized as well as syncopation, line, articulation, and more.

Partnering with Jeanne Mam-Luft and Neile Martin

Dancers will learn the basic elements of modern dance partnering and lifting. Qualities of good partnering will be addressed, including listening and communication, responsibility toward ones partner, awareness, enabling trust, overcoming tendencies of fear, risk taking, and timing. Dancers will be coached in synchronizing their timing as well as aligning their centers of gravity in order to create successful partnered lifts. Focus will be placed on groundedness, usage of plie, and weight sharing. To put these qualities into practice, dancers will work in partners, as well as in groups, to perform successful partnering and lift combinations.

Repertory with Neile Martin

Dancers will learn an excerpt from a MamLuft&Co. Dance original production. Taught by a Company Member, this repertory demands physical endurance along with some partnering and lifting work. It leaves room for adding personal nuances and having fun with the choreography.


The end-of-intensive showing will include phrases from Modern Dance Technique, Repertory class, and other snippets from throughout the week. Parents, family, and friends are invited to join and celebrate the hard work of the students!

Abby Carlozzo • Modern

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MamLuft&Co. Dance Education and Outreach Director & Company Member


Modern Dance Technique

Abby Carlozzo is MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Education and Outreach Director, as well as a Company Member. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University before going on to pursue her Master of Arts in Dance from Temple University with funding from a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship.

In 2014, she conducted research in cross–cultural collaboration and studied various traditional and contemporary West African dance forms in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. While there, she interned for the Nomad Express International Multi-Arts Festival, working for choreographer Olivier Tarpaga. She was able to finance her research with support from an Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship and various small grants within the OSU Department of Dance.

Over the course of her dance training, Abby has had the pleasure of teaching a variety of populations including children, teenagers, and adults, in settings ranging from studios and performing arts schools, to museums and retirement homes. She is an advocate for dance that is accessible to all, regardless of one’s background, experience, or financial ability, and desires to remove the stigmas and fears surrounding dance in order to stimulate a better understanding and awareness of this art form.

Alexandra Brannon • Contemporary Ballet

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of de la Dance Company / de la Dance Center


Contemporary Ballet

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Alexandra has trained in ballet and a variety of contemporary styles. She has studied at the Louisville Ballet school, Youth Performing Arts High School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, UofL Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Ballet Black, Danceworks London, and Pineapple London. Alexandra is Resident Choreographer of DE LA Dance Company and performs with the Company as a soloist. Alexandra also holds a BS degree in Business Management and Administration from the University of Louisville. Alexandra believes that working hard and fearlessly in the studio translates to reaching new heights.

TRACEY BONNER, MFA • Musical Theatre Dance

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of Northern Kentucky University / former Broadway Performer


Musical Theatre Dance


Tracey Bonner is thrilled to be a part of MamLuft&Co. Dance’s Summer Teen Intensive program. Tracey currently serves as the BFA Dance Coordinator/Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University. She is an active choreographer, performer, and director working professionally in the greater southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky area. She has served as a guest choreographer for the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, has choreographed for collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, The Human Race Theatre Company, and as Choreographer and Director for various theatrical and concert productions at NKU.

Actor Highlights: touring/regional companies of A Chorus Line, Show Boat, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, South Pacific, and Full Monty.

Director/Choreographer Highlights: Productions of RENT!, Into the Woods, Chess, Urinetown, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Reefer Madness, Eubie!, among others, have garnered multiple awards for her work in both dance and theatrical settings. She has also served on the faculty of multiple universities from New York to California. You can see what other theatrical and/or contemporary dance projects she is working on, find out about her research in Commercial Dance, or contact her for private bookings at

KATIE FARRY • Contemporary Jazz & Hip Hop


of Planet Dance and Exhale Dance Tribe


Katie is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a member of Exhale Dance Tribe, a contemporary jazz company headed by Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. Katie attended Akron University as a dance and education major and transferred to Ohio State University, where she graduated with a degree in early childhood development and a dance minor in 2007. Katie has been studying dance since age three and is currently training under Missy and Andrew at Planet Dance. Katie has been teaching and choreographing around the tri-state area, and choreographed her first national commercial for Aldi foods in 2007. Her love for teaching and choreographing continues to grow. Katie is a dance adjudicator for Showcase America Unlimited and Creative Dance Productions. In 2009, Katie danced for Bootsy Collins with Exhale Dance Tribe.

JEANNE MAM-LUFT, MFA • Director • Improv • Partnering • Comp/Choreo


Jeanne Mam-Luft, MFA

MamLuft&Co. Dance Director


Improvisation • Partnering • Choreography & Composition

Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft is an interdisciplinarian—a choreographer, designer, and photographer who also dabbles in other trades. She founded MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2007 to help facilitate the creation and development of professional Modern Dance in Cincinnati. Jeanne has created over two dozen evening-length works, produced countless events, worked with 30+ Company Members, and collaborated with many other artists and organizations in a breadth of capacities, from choreographer/director to lighting designer. In 2014-2015, Mam-Luft was the first and only dance artist to be awarded a Arts Ambassador Fellowship from the City of Cincinnati.

Mam-Luft served on the OhioDance Board of Trustees from 2009-2015, and currently serves in the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education. She is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance and was the Assistant Director of Contemporary Dance Theater from 2010-2014.

Mam-Luft holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also a student of scenic design and dance at their renowned School of Drama. Mam-Luft also studied photography and video at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. As a student, she received full scholarships to both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. She has taught at Wright State University (Dayton, OH), Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX), and Brookhaven College (Dallas, TX). Much of her dance work draws from her experiences as an immigrant and refugee of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Photo above by Rachel Bruce Johnson.

NEILE MARTIN • Partnering • Repertory

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MamLuft&Co. Dance Company Member

Neile Martin is a third-year Company Member and instructor with MamLuft&Co. Dance. A transplant from Chicago, Illinois, Neile recently performed with Renegade Dance Architects and Tarpley Dance Ensemble. She has also performed in repertory by David Dorfman, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alexandra Beller, and Martha Clarke. Ms. Martin received her Dance Education degree from University of Memphis in Tennessee and also studied at American Dance Festival in numerous sessions. She studied at Instiuto Marangoni School of Fashion in London, England, as well as at Interlochen School of the Arts (Michigan), and Ballet Memphis (Tennesse). With MamLuft&Co. Dance, Ms. Martin performed leading roles in multiple works and has collaborated on a special project, the company’s dance film entitled Unyielding.

Rodney Veal, MFA • Contemporary/Modern

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The Art Show



Rodney Veal, an independent choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, is an adjunct faculty member at Stivers School of the Performing Arts, Sinclair Community College, and the University of Dayton. Rodney also currently serves as Coordinator for Connect for Completion at Sinclair Community College. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Political Science and Visual Arts. He recently received his M.F.A in Choreography from The Ohio State University. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Dance as Vice President, as well as on the boards of Involvement Advocacy, HomeFull, and Levitt Pavilion Dayton. Rodney can currently been seen as the host of the Emmy Award-winning television series The Art Show on Think TV Channel 16.

Rodney’s masterclass will look at different pathways to movement generation using contemporary social and political issues as the source materials. The class will explore movement through the use of text, imagery, and spoken word to create a choreographic study.


Clifton Cultural Arts Center


Check-in is on 3rd Level (Great Hall)
3711 Clifton Avenue on the corner of Clifton & McAlpin
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Parking and the entrance to the building is on McAlpin, not Clifton Avenue; it is recommended that you Google Maps to 321 McAlpin Ave.


Street parking or in the Cincinnati Recreation Commission lot (adjacent and east of the CCAC building)


Clifton is a centrally-located and walkable neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio with bus routes to other neighborhoods. Clifton is also minutes away from downtown Cincinnati.

Climate Control

The Summer Modern Dance Workshop/Intensive takes place in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s newly renovated Great Hall.

Please note that there is no air conditioning in the Great Hall and limited air conditioning in the break-out spaces. Dancers are highly encouraged to bring lots of water and snacks!


MamLuft&Co. Dance does not provide housing for this workshop.


There are numerous hotels nearby — at least four within 2 miles from the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220).

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 2 years consecutive experience in dance (meaning, regular, weekly dance lessons of at least 1 hour per week for 2 years straight). Classes will be at the intermediate level 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!

How do I register?

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What are the classes and schedule?

Please click the “Classes” tab on the left and expand the class schedule or descriptions.

Who are the faculty?

The MamLuft&Co. Dance Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive faculty is comprised of both ML&Co. company members and guest faculty, all of whom have extensive training and experience.


Please click the “Faculty” tab to the left to read more.

Where is the workshop?

The Summer Modern Dance Teen Intensive takes place in the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s newly renovated Great Hall.


Clifton is a centrally-located and walkable neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio with bus routes to other neighborhoods. Clifton is also minutes away from downtown Cincinnati.


Please note that there is no air conditioning in the Great Hall. Dancers are highly encouraged to be prepared!


For a map and address to the location, click on “Location” to the left.

Do you offer housing or roommate-finding assistance?

We are unable to help minors find roommates.

How much does it cost?

We are very proud to offer a high-quality and diverse week of study for such a comparatively low rate. Please see the “Costs” tab to the left.

Do I have to pay in full now?

If you wish to pay in installments, please contact


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 before May 15 at 5pm. After this points, refunds cannot be given for any reason, whether it be illness, injury, change of plans, or other reasons.

Do you offer any scholarships?

At this time, there are no scholarships available.

Do I need to audition? How do I register?
  • 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 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.


We request no extremely short shorts. No bare mid-riffs. No thong leotards.


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.


Please remember the studio is not air conditioned.

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.


We recommend at least 2 years consecutive experience in dance (meaning, regular, weekly dance lessons of at least 1 hour per week for 2 years straight). Classes will be at the intermediate level 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!

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


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