Master Classes

Master classes occur throughout the year. Some of these classes occur in conjunction with Broadway Shows performing in Cleveland. Some master class teachers are brought in to enhance dancer training for one day to an entire weekend.

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The following teachers have presented master classes:

Laura Alonso Master Classes

at Cleveland City Dance

WHERE: Cleveland City Dance Studios at Shaker Square
13108 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
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Laura Alonso, daughter of world famous ballerina Alicia Alonso and renowned teacher and coach, Fernando Alonso, is herself known as a teacher, coach and an expert at staging the well-known classics. For seven years she served as the personal coach and teacher for international prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso. Dance Theatre of Harlem artistic director, former prima ballerina and former editor of Pointe magazine, Virginia Johnson, calls her an, “international master teacher extraordinaire.”

Ms. Alonso was honored with an award as the best coach at the Jackson International Ballet Competition in 1990. Her student, Jose Manuel Carreno, won the Grand Prix de Ville, the highest award possible. Ms. Alonso has served as coach, jury member and teacher at the Jackson IBC and as jury member of the Concours International de Dance de Paris, France, the Alicia Alonso International Ballet Competition and other competitions around the world. A teacher of world class experience, Ms. Alonso has taught for professional ballet companies all over the world and has participated as a member of juries in leading international ballet competitions.

Ms. Alonso’s 25 year performing career with Ballet National de Cuba included soloist work in all of the traditional classics. Today she travels around the world teaching and staging the classics for pre-professional as well as professional companies such as London’s Royal Ballet School and The Royal Danish Ballet.

She also runs the Laura Alonso Ballet Company and directs the Center for the Advancement of Dance Cuba since 1984, known internationally as Prodanza Center where they train young dancers with the method of the Cuban School of Ballet.

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Celebrate Black History Month with Master Teacher Lauren Anderson

at Cleveland City Dance

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Lauren Anderson Cleveland City Dance will host a weekend of Master Classes with inspiring teacher Lauren Anderson. A native Houstonian, Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim audience, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.

She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a Corps de Ballet. In 1987 she was promoted to soloist and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world.

In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role in Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program, where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.

In the spring of 2016, she became a permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Lauren Anderson will bring her teaching excellence to Cleveland City Dance February 23-25, 2018. Intermediate/Advance ballet classes will be held Saturday and Sunday along with Pointe and Variation classes. A Professional Only class will be held Sunday at 10:00 am. Classes are $30 per class or $55 for two classes per day.

Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Contact Cleveland City Dance for more information and to register by calling 216-295-2222 or info@clevelandcitydance.com

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Broadway Jazz Master Class

with Jimmy Kichler at Cleveland City Dance

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Jimmy Kichler has been a teacher and choreographer in New York City for the past twenty-five years. Jimmy taught at world-renowned dance studio STEPS for over a decade and has taught master classes around the country and the world, including teaching and choreography gigs in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France. Favorite choreography credits includes Red Memories for New York Stage and Film (director Roger Rees), re-choreographing the tap solo for “The Champion Roper” in Rodeo for American Ballet Theatre, and choreographic supervisor for Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mr. Rees, Artistic Dir.).

Jimmy assisted Broadway choreographer/director Randy Skinner on a film project (among Randy Skinner’s credits: 42nd STREET revival, WHITE CHRISTMAS, STATE FAIR, DAMES AT SEA). Jimmy acted as the personal dance assistant for Academy Award winning director Stanley Donen on his film Bye, Bye Blues. On the “other side of the table”, Jimmy worked as a casting assistant for Laura Stanczyk Casting (RAGTIME) and as an talent agent assistant at Luedtke Talent.

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Master Class with Roni Mahler

Hosted by Cleveland City Dance

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Roni Mahler is a former ballerina, trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda in her native New York City. She performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career as a teenager with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her New York City teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet Tech, The Joffrey School and Juilliard.

Ms. Mahler’s extensive repertoire has included Myrta, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle; Swanilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in the full-length Swan Lake, the Flower Girl in Gaite Parisienne, the Female Matchmaker in Les Noces, the Elder Sister in Pillar of Fire, and Emilia in The Moor’s Pavane. She has also danced leads in Les Sylphides, Raymonda, The Four Temperaments and Serenade.

Roni Mahler was a guest artist with Australia’s Sydney Festival Ballet and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and spent six years as director of Dance at Kansas State University (1974-1980.) She initiated their Dance degree program, co-founded and co-directed the KSU Dance Workshop, received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1975 and was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for the year 1978. She is the creator of a series of educational recordings and manuals devoted to ballet technique, as well as a program entitled “Ballet Movement For the Athlete” which she eventually customized for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

In 1988, Ms. Mahler choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones at New York’s City Center. She subsequently served as Artistic Advisor for Ms. Gregory and Company during their 1992 Taiwan tour.

Roni Mahler is the recipient of the 2003 President’s Award from the Dance Masters of America, the 1992 the Dance Educators of America Award and the 1994 Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 1996, she received the first annual Roni Mahler Award, established by Kansas State University and presented each year to honor outstanding effort on behalf of dance in the Manhattan community. In 1999, the University named a new ballet facility the Roni Mahler Studio.

Ms. Mahler is the creator of three ballet instruction videos: “How To Improve Your Ballet Technique,” “How To Improve Your Pirouettes” and “How To Improve Your Pointe Technique.” Her fitness video entitled “Stretch It!” improves flexibility and range of motion.

Since 1993, Roni Mahler has been an annual instructor at the acclaimed Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, where she is the guest presenter each year for its Ballet Weeks. She also taught ballet for Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester in New York City and continues to offer master classes and seminars in this country and abroad. In 1996, she served as Guest Teacher-In-Residence for the inaugural semester of the School of Ballet San Jose.

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Master Ballet Technique Class

with Jeffrey Rockland at Cleveland City Dance

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Jeffrey Marc Rockland’s career in the arts began at age 4, when chosen by David Lean to play the role of Sasha in the MGM classic, Dr. Zhivago. Since then, he has appeared in a few films and documentaries but his primary credits have been as dancer, teacher and choreographer. Professor Rockland’s training included years as a scholarship student with Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Princeton Ballet Theatre, Scottish American Ballet and Boston Ballet. As a Soloist with Atlanta Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and Principle Dancer with Bristol Ballet and Universal Ballet (Seoul, Korea), Mr. Rockland danced lead roles in many of the classic repertoire as well as contemporary works by many of this century’s most well known choreographers. As a teacher and choreographer, Rockland was company Ballet Master for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and also served on the faculty of UC Irvine while attending as an MFA Chancellors Fellow.

From 1992-1999, Mr. Rockland ran the ballet program at the University of Northern Colorado. While in Colorado, Mr. Rockland formed Colorado Dance Theatre and the Greeley Conservatory of Dance. Additionally, he was a partner in developing the 10,000 square foot Conservatory Building which still functions as a beacon for the arts. After receiving tenure from the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Rockland applied his business skills and developed an international import business, a mortgage company and a real estate investment company. In 2003, Mr. Rockland moved to Tucson and took a position as Ballet Instructor and Choreographer for Flor de Liz Dance Ensemble. While in Tucson Professor Rockland was the Dance Director for Salpointe Catholic High School, a Dance Teacher for Tucson Magnet High School and Dance Coordinator for the Music and Dance Academies.

Rockland’s work as dancer, teacher and choreographer, have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Joining Kent University, Fall of 2015, he is passionate about developing and supporting new educational and performance opportunities for the diverse and talented pool of students assembled within the School of Theatre and Dance. As Dance Division coordinator he looks forward to helping students and faculty reach their potential by creating an atmosphere of synergy and collaboration. Professor Rockland’s credentials include a BA and Teachers Certification in Ballet from Virginia Intermont College (Virginia), a Masters in Arts Management from Concordia University (Montreal), an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine (California), Secondary Teacher’s Certification through Pima Community College (Arizona) and national certification as Personal Trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Master Graham Modern Class

with Shannon Sterne at Cleveland City Dance

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Shannon Sterne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches Graham-based modern dance technique, dance kinesiology, and dance history. Previously, she danced internationally with the San Diego Ballet, toured nationally with the Dancing Wheels Company, and performed throughout southern California and Ohio as a freelance artist. She has had the pleasure of performing works by many notable choreographers including George Balanchine, Heinz Poll, Martha Graham, Pascal Rioult, David Rousseve, and Michael Uthoff. Her choreography has been met with critical acclaim nationwide, notably, at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, the OhioDance Festival, and at Cleveland Public Theatre.

Sterne is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with research interests emphasizing nutrition and wellness for dancers. She continues to teach master classes in Graham technique at Cleveland City Dance and regularly sets choreography on the company dancers.

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