Jeanne S. Mam-Luft, MFA
Artistic & Executive Director
Jeanne Sopanha Mam-Luft is an interdisciplinarian — a choreographer, designer, and photographer. She founded MamLuft&Co. Dance in 2007 to help facilitate consistent creation and development of professional Modern Dance in Cincinnati.
Over ten years of directing the Company, Jeanne has created 30+ works, produced countless events, worked with 32 Company Members, and collaborated with many outside organizations and artists.
In 2014, Jeanne was 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 has served as a panelist for 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
Susan Honer hails from Southwest Virginia, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio where she is owner of Present Body Pilates, where she teaches Pilates and SmartSpine© Therapeutic Bodywork.
Honer is dancing in her eighth year with MamLuft&Co. Dance, with whom she is also a Choreographer and the company’s Pilates Trainer.
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.
Ms. Honer has been a collaborator and rehearsal director with ML&Co. since 2011. In 2015-2016, Susan debuted her first full length show for ML&Co., The Double, based on the novella by Dostoyevsky. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, MamLuft&Co. Dance has commissioned a new work from Honer, to premiere in 2018 in partnership with Contemporary Arts Center.
Elena Rodriguez Moore, LPTA
Repertory Rehearsal Director
Moore is dancing and directing in her eighth season with MamLuft&Co. Dance.
Moore has assisted in choreographing several shows for the company including Double|Sided, a full-length work created in collaboration with Steven Evans that premiered at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center during the 2015-2016 season. She led the company with Susan Honer in 2016-2017 and continues to direct rehearsals and create new work in 2017-2018, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts for her new work premiering at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in 2017.
Born in Queens, New York, Moore 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 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. Moore has since received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree and works full-time at a skilled nursing facility.
Corrinne Bailey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2017. Originally from Columbus, Bailey is a first year company member with MamLuft&Co. Dance. Her passion is teaching dance of all forms to all ages and levels of abilities. In addition to teaching for MamLuft&Co. Dance, Bailey teaches with Miami Valley Ballet Theatre and Lifestyle Essentials, with whom she brings group fitness into the corporate environment. She has also taught in public school programs and at her former university in Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Pilates. Bailey received her Pilates Mat I and II certifications through Power Pilates and has taught in Columbus, Athens, and Cincinnati. She is currently in the process of completing the Pilates Comprehensive Certification through a scholarship with Power Pilates.
At OU, Bailey performed as a soloist in the Dance Division’s Senior and Winter Dance Concerts. She had the opportunity to work with and perform for many guest artists, such as Doug Nielsen, Nii Tete-Yartey, DanceTheYard, Joanna Kotze, and more. Bailey has also performed pieces by OU professors Travis Gatling, Ani Javian, and Nathan Andary. Bailey participated in the American College Dance Association (ACDA) for three years and recently performed in a piece chosen for adjudication. Bailey has performed her own duets and solos for OU’s Movement Concerts, a public performance, as well as the Nuit Blanche Arts Festival, a local arts festival in Athens.
Bailey has a strong interest in interdisciplinary arts – she has choreographed and performed many collaborative arts projects with film and music majors. Bailey continues to collaborate and explore with different artists of various disciplines.
Samantha Conte is a first-year company member of MamLuft&Co. Dance. Her previous training includes 14 years at South Dayton School of Dance under the instruction of Gina Walther, 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, such as Sidra Bell, Rodney A. Brown, Ruka White, William B. McClellan, Jr., and Debbie Blunden-Diggs.
Samantha is very excited to begin her dance career this season with MamLuft&Co. Dance.
Claire Dieringer is a 2016 graduate of Kent State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance Magna Cum Laude. She was a two-year member of the Kent Dance Ensemble and performed in faculty choreographed concerts. In 2014, she performed at American College Dance Association and spent six weeks in Durham, North Carolina at American Dance Festival studying with numerous teachers in multiple styles from all over the world.
She 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.
Over the last year, Claire has worked professionally as the Director of the Dance Program at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp and as a dance educator at several studios. In 2017, Claire joined both MamLuft&Co. Dance and Seven Dance Company.
Gabriel Martinez Rubio
Gabriel Martinez is a first-year MamLuft&Co. Dance Company Member. A Mexican dancer and choreographer, he has performed with many different Mexican dance companies, including Ballet Teatro del Espacio, Ballet de la Ciudad de Mexico, Foco al Aire, and Teatro Inercia, among others. Martinez has worked with both distinguished Mexican and international choreographers.
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 Laborgras Dance Studio and Radialsystem, as well as training with Berlin-based groups.
Gabriel has been teaching dance since 2007 for professional and amateur dancers in different studios in Mexico. He has also taught various workshops for performers of different disciplines, including working with Teatro Ciego, a theatre company with blind actors.
Gabriel began his career in the United States when he moved to North Carolina in 2014, where he had the opportunity to dance, choreograph, and teach with the Carrboro Modern Dance Company, 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.
Hannah Williamson is a first year company member of MamLuft&Co. Dance.
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 a 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.