Category Archives: Dance

MODERN MIX Runs June 17-18

MDT_Modern Mix logoMODERN MIX
Mutual Dance Theatre
June 17-18
Aronoff Center Jarson-Kaplan Theatre [Downtown]

MODERN MIX features a proud collection of work by three Black artists. The season-closer promises variety, athletic prowess, virtuosic dancing, and compelling drama. Mutual Dance Theatre (formerly known as MamLuft&Co. Dance) is undergoing a thrilling transformation as it amplifies its repertory through commissions and re-stagings by national artists! Cincinnati’s Modern Dance company will close its 21-22 season with choreography by Joe Gonzalez (of PHILADANCO!), Sidra Bell (of Sidra Bell Dance New York), and Steven P. Evans and Jasmine Snellen of Mutual Dance Theatre.

  • Fri-Sat, June 17-18 at 8pm

Official page | Facebook event |

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, On Stage

Pones and Partners Reimagine GRAPHIC, a Walking/Dance Tour of Downtown Murals as Part of Cincinnati Ballet’s 2022 BOLD MOVES FESTIVAL

PONES_Graphic logo(Cincinnati, OH) Pones will partner with Exhale Dance Tribe, Yarroway Productions, Revolution Dance Theatre, Heroes Rise Street Dance Academy, and Q-Kidz Dance Team to reimagine Graphic, originally produced by Pones in 2016, as an interactive dance experience that includes a walking tour of our city’s iconic downtown murals.

Dance pieces will be performed in front of the murals, extending these backdrops off their walls, telling stories inspired by the visuals and related to issues and subjects vital to each company and our community. The presentation will be featured as an add-on experience in the Cincinnati Ballet’s 2022 Bold Moves Festival.

“I am most excited about the enthusiasm of so many local companies in coming together and showcasing the wide range of dance diversity our city has to offer. It’s not something that has happened in the past decade, and we all agree it has potential to be the start of an annual coming together of the Cincinnati dance community,” said Kim Popa of Pones.

Carolyn Guido Clifford of the Cincinnati Ballet shared her reason for including this revival in Bold Moves: “In 2016, Graphic was one of my first introductions to the Cincinnati arts scene – not only to the fabulous performances and beautiful murals, but the incredible conversations our community was having at the time and continues to have today. I hope remounting it as part of the Festival, with so many members of the Cincinnati dance community, will provide a similar introduction to Cincinnati Ballet’s subscribers and patrons. As Cincinnati Ballet moves into a season of growth and discovery, what better way than by celebrating and promoting the diversity of the dance scene that already exists in our city!”

Murals and Performance Pieces:

  • At Visionary Reality Threshold by Saya Woolfalk (1005 Walnut St), Exhale Dance Tribe will perform “#thisisOTR,” choreographed by Missy Lay Zimmer & Andrew Hubbard and featuring music by Ian Forsgren, Ian Gullet, and Jai Washington
  • At Homecoming (Blue Birds) by Charley Harper (119 E Court St), Yarroway Productions will perform “Where Creation Has Been Drawn,” choreographed by Katie Chal and featuring music by Rob Keenan
  • At Self-Portrait, Elizabeth Nourse by Elizabeth Nourse and Still Life by Tom Wesselmann (811 Main St), Pones will perform “Her,” choreographed by Glenda Figueiredo and featuring music by Preston Bell Charles III
  • At Black Box by Michael A. Coppage (Walnut St at Gano St), Revolution Dance Theatre will perform “Say Their Names,” choreographed by David Choate and Kim Popa and featuring music by Galen Tipton
  • At Vibrant Minds, Colorful Lines by KiiK Create and Jenny Ustick, Heroes Rise Street Dance Academy will perform “Antiviral Still,” choreographed by Julius Eclypse Jenkins and featuring music by Flying Lotus, Abiyah, and Nathan Singer
  • At The Genius of Water by Ferdinand Von Miller (Tyler Davidson Fountain at Fountain Square, Vine St at Fifth St), Q-Kidz Dance Team will perform “Just Boom!” choreographed by Mariah Jones, Chariah Jones, and Marquicia Jones-Woods featuring music by Cary Davenport

About the Partners:

  • Exhale Dance Tribe, named among the 2008 “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, is rooted in rhythmic storytelling existing to leave an emotional imprint on our audiences, uniting our community through the universal language of dance and creating a hypnotic human experience. org
  • Yarroway Productions comprises a trio of local artists: a dancer, a painter, and a musician. Katie Chal, formerly of Nashville Ballet and DeLa Dance Company, now works as a Cincinnati Waldorf School teacher and independent dance artist. Patricia Chal studied painting at NKU and DAAP, but her most rigorous schooling has been from her three young children. She teaches an art class for adults that aims to reignite the inner child. Rob Keenan, a guitarist and singer-songwriter, studied music at Berklee College of Music and played guitar and synthesizers for beloved local duo Dawg Yawp. He is currently working as a farmer at Rose Hill Farm and pursuing his solo music project.
  • Pones provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance. The company creates site-specific performances through a fusion of movement and dance with other art forms. Pones performers use their bodies to speak their minds. The collective uses its signature pedestrian-inspired movement to spark collaboration, connection, and community. Pones believes that art creates powerful change. org
  • Revolution Dance Theatre, Cincinnati’s ONLY African American Dance company in residence at the prestigious Aronoff Center for the Arts, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building cultural diversity in the world of dance. Intent on inclusion in ballet, RDT is committed to work that raises the level of access, visibility, and representation of American Americans in dance. com
  • Heroes Rise Street Dance Academy teaches a comprehensive curriculum of fundamental street dance movement along with history and culture, striving to set a new standard for what is expected of street style dance and street style dance teachers and to share the beauty of the street dance arts. Heroes Rise Always. com
  • Q-kidz Dance Team improves the lives of Cincinnati youth through dance instruction and educational programs that build strong character, confidence, teamwork, and a mindset for success. The organization plays an essential role in the community by offering youth a safe and supportive platform for creative expression, communication, and accountability. Q-kidz.org

Performance Schedule:
Performances will take place Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2022, with tours beginning at the Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts (corner of Seventh and Main Streets). Start times are 11:15, 11:30, and 11:45 am both days. Each tour will last approximately 70 minutes, and the total distance walked will be 1 mile. For reservations, visit https://bit.ly/Graphic2022.

###

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Events, Press Releases

BOLD MOVES FESTIVAL Runs May 12-22

CB_Bold Moves Festival 2022 logoBOLD MOVES FESTIVAL
Cincinnati Ballet
May 12-22
Aronoff Center & Others [Downtown]

Our Season will conclude with the launch of something completely new – the launch of our Bold Moves Festival. The immersive dance experience will feature six rotating mainstage productions accompanied by a variety of activities and interactive events that will please discerning balletomanes and families alike. Bold Moves Festival will feature Ohad Naharin’s seminal work, Minus 16, along with a world premiere, Our Story, from Company soloist David Morse. Continuing our commitment to female choreographers, the program will feature the regional premieres of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom and Helen Pickett’s Petal, as well as the return of Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and audience favorite, Victoria Morgan’s saucy Boléro. In addition to these amazing performances, audiences have a menu of guest artists, talks, film screenings, dance classes, after-parties and more to choose from during this exhilarating and immersive experience.

PROGRAM 1
Our inaugural Bold Moves Festival will have two mainstage programs. The first program will feature PetalNine Sinatra Songs, and Minus 16

Aronoff Center Proctor and Gamble Hall

  • Thu, May 12 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 14 at 8:10pm
  • Sun, May 15 at 1pm
  • Fri, May 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 21 at 2pm

PROGRAM 2
The second program will include performances from Axis Dance Company or Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Our Story, and Boléro

Aronoff Center Proctor and Gamble Hall

  • Fri, May 13 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 14 at 2pm
  • Thu, May 19 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 21 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 22 at 1pm

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM

Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) tours nationally and internationally, delivering a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. The multi-ethnic company performs forward-thinking repertoire of treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate Black culture. In addition to performance, DTH activities carry a message of empowerment through the arts by engaging the community through educational activities for audiences and youth

  • Tue, May 17 at 8:30pm
  • Wed, May 18 at 7:30pm

DAYTON CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY

A Moving Legacy
Rooted in the African-American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.

  • Thu, May 19 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, May 21 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 22 at 1pm

AXIS DANCE COMPANY 

Led by Artistic Director Nadia Adame, AXIS is one of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers. AXIS creates world-class productions that challenge perceptions and redefine dance and disability. The Oakland, CA based company has toured to over 100 cities in the US, Israel-Palestine, UK, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Russia, and has received nine Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. AXIS commissions new work from a host of renowned international choreographers including Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Archibald, Arthur Pita and Victoria Marks.

In tandem with a robust performance calendar, AXIS provides unparalleled physically integrated dance education and outreach programs. AXIS builds paths to dance education for disabled and non-disabled people of all ages and experience.

  • Fri, May 13 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 14 at 2pm

For a complete list of performances and other events visit the

Official page |

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Events, On Stage

DANCE ’22 Runs April 22-24

NKU_Dance 22DANCE ’22
NKU School of the Arts
April 22-24
Corbett Theatre [Highland Heights]

Artistic Directed by Tracey Bonner

Featuring a company of our best young dance artists, along with new and innovative works created by faculty, guest artists, and nationally renowned choreographers, Dance ’22 has something for everyone – contemporary dance forms that include modern, jazz, and African/Afro-Fusion.

  • Fri-Sat, April 22-23 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 24 at 2pm

Official page |

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, On Stage

SNOW WHITE Runs April 7-10

CB_Snow White promo 2022SNOW WHITE
Cincinnati Ballet
April 7-10
Aronoff Center Procter & Gamble Hall [Downtown]

Who’s the ‘fairest of them all?’ Find out this season in a regional premiere of our Family Series: Snow White. It’s the treasured fairy tale of a jealous Queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, and a kiss from a handsome Prince. Snow White is just over an hour long, narrated, fun, fully-staged ballet, featuring Cincinnati Ballet Second Company – CB2 dancers. It’s the perfect introduction to dance, even for the youngest members of your family.

3/8/22 – Covid-19 Policies

  • Thu-Fri, April 7-8 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, April 9-10 at 11am & 2:30pm

Official page | Facebook event |

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, On Stage