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NKU SOTA Produces Choreographer Showcase as Virtual Dance Film Festival

NKU_Dance Film Festival logoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts virtually produces the Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase (ECS) for its sixth season. The Dance Film Festival will premiere November 23 on the NKU ECS website and SOTA YouTube channel. This showcase is student produced and student led where dance students learn about choreography, stage design, and stage management and can grow in their artistic expression. ECS was founded in 2014 by dance alum, Kat Wolf, who graduated in 2016 and is the owner of NKY Dancewear.

Event Details:

  • What: Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase Dance Film Festival
  • When: Starting Nov. 23
  • Where: Online at or YouTube
  • Admission: Free to watch

NKU_GiveThis year, the panel of area industry professionals have selected twelve student choreographers’ pieces to be presented in the showcase. Due to the high volume of exceptional work submitted by the students, the executive team decided to categorize the pieces as formal and informal works, which is language appropriate to the discipline and used by the American College Dance Association. Formal works received a panelist mentor, while informal works are peer mentored.

Rhea Speights, choreographer and video artist, is the resident guest artist for the showcase. Much of her work intersects equal parts dance and video, either as multimedia performance or as video dance. Speights’ work has been presented in a dozen of the 50 states and internationally in Colombia and New Zealand. In making her work, Rhea uses ballet and contemporary dance forms, video, film theory, and her desire to fully integrate the imagination with the body.

NKU_give2The executive team includes Sylvia Chervus and DJ Bruegge as the Co-Artistic Directors, Olivia Martel and Carli Robinette as the Assistant Artistic Directors, Grace Vetter as the Head of Marketing, Molly Payne as the Stage Manager, and Payton Pearson and Jessica Shepherd as Production Assistants.

Student Choreographers Include:

Formal Pieces

  • Maiya Caldwell | “110”
  • Arianna Catalano | “The Weight of It All”
  • Sylvia Chervus | “Dazed”
  • Hannah Duvall | “Pivot”
  • Emerald McGhee | “Caught in the Wheel”
  • Brianna Mullins | “Time Perception: The Illusion vs. Right Here, Right Now”
  • Janie Smith | “Control”
  • Grace Vetter | “Behind Closed Doors”

Informal Pieces

  • Allison Gabert | “Colors of Confidence”
  • Lilah Hoffert | “Power”
  • Carli Robinette | “Maybe Tomorrow”
  • Ki’azja Watterson-Brown | “As We Rise”

Panelists Include:

  • Tracey Bonner | Faculty, Theatre and Dance Program, NKU SOTA
  • Jenny Fitzpatrick | Founder and Artistic Director, Blackbird Dance Theatre
  • Jeaunita Olowe | Bi-Okoto, Company Manager & Rehearsal Coach; Faculty, Theatre and Dance Program, NKU SOTA
  • Brian Robertson | Faculty, Theatre and Dance Program, NKU SOTA
  • Andrea Tutt | Faculty, Theatre and Dance Program, NKU SOTA
  • Teresa VanDenend Sorge | Faculty, Theatre and Dance Program, NKU SOTA; Developer and Founding Director, Koresh Kids Dance

About NKU School of the Arts: SOTA is the Creative Engine of NKU. The School of the Arts combines Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts to bring unparalleled artistic opportunities to current and future students. In a changing world, SOTA prepares students to be creative trailblazers in the Arts and their careers. Whether we are creating motion graphics, producing on the stage, or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with therapeutic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. SOTA offers 11 degrees with 30 specializations in addition to 7 minors to develop graduates that are personally engaged, innovative, and curious with advanced skill sets in collaboration and creative risk-taking. For more information, visit or follow on social media @NKUSOTA.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit

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Auditions Announced for MamLuft&Co. Dance

MAM_AuditionsSunday, March 15, 2020

  • 9-10am Individual Warm-ups and check-in
  • 10am-12pm Open Audition
  • 1-3pm Call Backs

8222 Monon Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45216

Fee: $20 deposit. Those who attend will receive their fee back!!!


MamLuft&Co. Dance, a progressive modern dance company in Cincinnati, Ohio, seeks intelligent and skilled dancers who possess a strong commitment to in-depth rehearsal processes and the development of original dance within an ensemble.

The Company seeks experienced, mature dancers with strong training and experience in modern and “post-modern” techniques, including release techniques, weight share/partnering, and somatic practices.

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NKU Dance Concert Features New Works on March 6-7

NKU Dance 20 promoHIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will present DANCE ’20, an evening of new works by guest artists, faculty, and students. Twelve dynamic dances will add up to an evening of concert pieces that highlight various styles of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, tap, and dance theatre. Performances take place March 6-7 at NKU’s Corbett Theatre. The production is coordinated by the artistic team of Frankie Montazemi, Anna Gortner, Sylvia Chervus, DJ Bruggee, and Tracey Bonner.

NKU SOTA ballet instructor Jay Goodlett has choreographed both contemporary and classical ballet works for the concert. He has also lent his choreographic and/or directing talents to the St. Louis Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Columbia Ballet Company, Lachey Arts, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. He is a former member of NYC’s School of American Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Toledo Ballet, and Ballet Theatre of Toledo, and previously served as Artistic Director of Education and Outreach for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Choreographing a commercial jazz piece is the incredibly distinguished Lea Lachey. Although Lea was born in Cincinnati, her professional works reach far beyond. The versatile dancer has had live stage performance experience with 98 Degrees, NKOTB, Boys II Men, as well as countless others.

Performer, choreographer, director, writer, producer and costume designer Jenny Fitzpatrick will be presenting a dance theatre piece. Jenny is the Founder and Artistic Director of Blackbird Dance Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. She has also worked as a dance professional, taught at the Burbank School of Ballet and choreographed/directed for the National Enrichment Teacher’s Association.

NKU SOTA modern dance instructor, Ka-Ron Brown Lehman has choreographed a modern piece for the concert. Her rich legacy of dance credits includes concert stages, TV Variety Series, Award Specials, Broadway, Theatre, Film, and Commercials, as well as a featured muse for well-known choreographers like Joe Bennett, Miguel Godreau, Tom Hansen, Joe Layton, Donald McKayle, Jamie Rodgers, Claude Thompson, David Winters, Rob Iscove; and a host of others.

Tracey Bonner, area coordinator of the BFA Theatre Performance Dance Track at NKU SOTA, has choreographed a variety of musical theatre and jazz pieces for the show. She has performed nationwide including touring companies of A Chorus LineShow Boat, and West Side Story; regional theatres, including Stages St Louis, Barter Theatre, The Human Race Theatre, The Pirate Playhouse, and City Center in New York City. Her artistic creations have garnered regional and national awards in both theatrical and dance venues, including the American College Dance Association, Ostrander Awards, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Event Details: 

What: “Dance ’20” Spring Dance Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. on March 6 & 7; 2 p.m. on March 7

Where: Corbett Theatre, Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tickets: $12; $10 students. 859-572-5464 or

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Cincinnati Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy (AND Fiona!) Return to Music Hall with ADDED Performances after Christmas

CB_The Nutcracker promo 2019

Cincinnati Ballet Dancers. Peter Mueller Photography.

CINCINNATI, OH (November 19, 2018) — The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, now in its 46th annual season, returns to the Music Hall December 19 through 29. The production brings all of the region together with more than 100 children dancing alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company. For a second straight year, the world’s most famous hippo – ‘Fiona’ returns to the production, showing off what she’s learned in ballet class. Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens collaborated on the character for the creative partnership last year. It’s so wonderfully Cincinnati!

The Nutcracker is a classic holiday tale that follows the imaginative story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a dreamy journey after she receives a nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. With her Nutcracker Prince, Clara travels through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way. Artistic Director Victoria Morgan’s whimsical choreographic take on the classic story is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Each year, The Nutcracker provides the rare opportunity for young dancers to star in the featured roles of Clara and her brother, Fritz, along with 70 additional roles for more than 100 local young performers. Currently studying the lead role of Clara are Otto M. Budig Academy students, Mollie Berk and Riley Moser. While both girls have performed roles in The Nutcracker in previous years, this will be both young dancers’ first time dancing the role of Clara. Learning the role of Fritz this season are Academy students Marshall Anstaett and Quinn Posey.

Frisch’s Big Boy and Cincinnati Ballet have a long history of collaborating to present the production, dating back to the first Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker in 1974. Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. championed that production through a generous donation and has sponsored the production every subsequent year.

This Cincinnati holiday favorite saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 World Premiere, with new sets by scenic designer John Ezell, bright and beautiful costumes by Carrie Robbins, lighting by Trad A Burns and athletic, engaging choreography by Victoria Morgan. Morgan’s rendition of the classical ballet is filled with unique, contemporary twists on longstanding traditions: from the bright, whimsical sets, stage effects and acrobatics to the appearance of new, playful characters such as Clara’s companion, a pet poodle named Minnie, dancing Cupcakes, tumbling Snowballs, an ensemble of poodles performing the Dance of the Mirlitons (or “Mirlipoos”) and more. After the debut of this version of the Nutcracker in 2011, David Lyman of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote, “The Nutcracker is now a 21st Century spectacle; bright, high-tech and filled with imagery.”


WHO: Cincinnati Ballet
Choreography: Victoria Morgan

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone

WHAT: The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy


  • Thursday, December 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 20 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 21 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 22 – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 22 – 6:30 pm
  • Monday, December 23 – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 24 – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 26 – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 26 – 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 27 – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 28 – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 29 – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Music Hall – 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance through exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Cincinnati Ballet 2019-2020 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, Frisch’s Big Boy, Knowlton

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Auditions Announced for LIKE DEMONS at InBocca Performance

IBP_logoAnnouncing open auditions for our fall production! Any and everyone is welcome–we want to see all body types, skin colors, orientations, backgrounds.

Set during the backdrop of the American Civil War, LIKE DEMONS is a tale of historical fiction based on the forgotten true stories of real women who lived and fought as male soldiers on the battlefield. Their silent heroism, true patriotism, and love of honor come to life in the story of one woman’s journey as a soldier and spy for the duration of America’s bloodiest war. Written by Maggie Lou Rader and directed by Alice Flanders.

Auditions are Sept. 16th 4pm-9pm

Lincoln Grant Scholar House – 824 Greenup Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011

Please click the link below to pick a slot.

We would like to see a monologue, 3 minutes or less; any sort of monologue. Bring us whatever you have—comedic, dramatic, two people doing a scene, whatever makes you feel awesome and empowered!

We are looking to cast 6 performers, women AND men, of any age (adults only, please).

Rehearsals will begin the 21st of October for a Mid-November performance and will be 4-5 days a week, in the evenings.

This is a paying gig. Payment information is available upon casting.

Performance site is TBA.

Please email with any questions.

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