ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival

Phone: 216-991-9000

Address: 13110 Shaker Square, Suite 106, Cleveland, OH 44120


Summer Dance Workshop

July 23 - July 26, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Cleveland State University Arts Campus, Middough Building
1901 East 13th St.
Cleveland, OH 44114

The ADF in CLE Summer Dance Workshop is a four-day workshop comprised of classes in modern, hip hop, and contemporary dance along with other dance activities and performances for professional and advanced level dancers ages 13 to 28. The workshop provides time and space for dancers to immerse themselves in their training, expand their skills as a creator, and connect with professional artists while training under renowned ADF faculty. Students will be able to hone their art form in small, intimate class sizes and experience styles ranging from modern with Justin Tornow, hip hop with Otto Aquaboogy Vazquez and engage in the West African and Caribbean style of contemporary dance by Ronald K. Brown. Classes will be held from 9:30 am-4:00 pm daily.

The Summer Dance Workshop will kick-off the ADF in CLE Summer Dance Festival which takes place July 23-26 in the CLE theatre district and allows time and space for the workshop participants to immerse themselves in their training while enjoying the festival activities and live dance performances that ADF in CLE will be offering.

Classes will run Tuesday—Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m with an informal showing Friday evening. Time TBD.

Classes will take place on the Cleveland State University Arts Campus, as well as other locations within the Playhouse Square Theatre District.


Registration Fee: $360 (Includes all classes, performance ticket, t-shirt and more!)

A limited number of Full and Partial Scholarships are available.

Housing and food are not included.

How to Apply

  • Applications received after April 8th, 2019: Fill out and upload attached Application Form + Resume, and send 1st payment of $180 to DANCECleveland. Once received, you will receive a confirmation email. Final payments or remaining balance due by June 14th.

  • Scholarship Applications: Fill out and return attached Application Form + Resume, along with your Scholarship Application and Teacher Recommendation Form by April 8th, 2019. Scholarships will be announced by May 1st.

  • Full Refunds (minus a $30 application fee) will be granted up until June 24th, 2019. All canceled registrations past June 24th will be granted a 50% tuition refund.

Please send payments to:
Katie Crosby
By Mail: DANCECleveland 13110 Shaker Sq. # 106 Cleveland, OH 44120



Ronald K. Brown

Artistic Director and Founder of Evidence, A Dance Company in1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works and other choreographers and artists. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and Ballet Hispanico.

He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner

He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. Brown has won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony winning The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arrangement by Diedre Murray & directed by Diane Paulus.

In addition, Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and has received; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, and The Ailey Apex Award for teaching. Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Justin Tornow

Justin Tornow (MFA) is a dance artist, educator, and researcher based in Durham, NC. Her artistic work is primarily collaborative and interdisciplinary, created with a core group of partners in visual art, sound design, filmmaking, and lighting design. Tornow’s solo and collaborative work has been widely presented in North Carolina, as well as New York City, Philadelphia, France, Italy, and Germany. She is a co-founder and organizer of DIDA (Durham Independent Dance Artists) and the producer of PROMPTS, a Durham-based series for artists.

Tornow teaches college-level courses and workshops in dance technique, composition, and repertory. She was the 2017 teaching-artist-in-residence at Tanzart Atelier in Kirschau, Germany, and is currently a 2019 artist-in-residence at The Commons at UNC-Chapel Hill, working to develop a score-based Happening that blurs the line between performer and audience, prioritizing process and personal interpretation in order to highlight performance as a responsive practice. Justin was a 2018-2019 Cunningham Dance Research Fellow with the New York Public Library, publishing original research on the pedagogy and practice of the technique titled Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom. She continues this research through workshops and series at Duke University, ACDA, and ADF, examining sustainable pedagogy methods for studio dance practices, and devising collaborative lab environments for repertory and composition courses.

About the Chance procedures and Indeterminacy class- as part of DANCECleveland’s Summer Dance Festival in collaboration with the American Dance Festival. Inspired by artists Merce Cunningham and John Cage’s use of chance procedures, Tornow will challenge students to consider how this type of methodology would influence their own work. Students will us chance procedures, indeterminacy, and collaborative methods to bring greater awareness to the wealth of possibilities and delight in unexpected outcomes. By using these tools, students will be released from the expectations and conventions that might take precedence over their own interests- when we let go of some control, we can realize the many options available to us. To deepen their understanding of this methodology, Tornow will also lead a lecture class based on her published original research on the pedagogy and practice of the Cunningham technique titled Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom.

Otto (Aquaboogy) Vazquez

Otto (Aquaboogy) Vazquez is an internationally acclaimed performer, instructor, choreographer, and street dancer that honed his craft in Miami and New York. Some of his credits include Pitt Bull, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, i-Luminate from America’s Got Talent, Diesel NYC, and Dr. Pepper’s “One in a Billion” national commercial. He’s toured the world with the off Broadway show Break, The Urban Funk Spectacular, Cirque Du Soliel, Donald Trump, Run-D.M.C., VH1, MTV, Latin Billboard Awards, Premios Juventud, The Miami Heat, Kilo (aka Down), Carnival Cruise Lines, and Rennie Harris’s Iladelph Legends. He recently was the only US soloist in the UK’s Breaking Convention 2015 tour. He’s toured over 20 countries and nearly every state in the US. Aquaboogy has learned from legendary dancers like Don Campbell and Fluky Luke (of the original Lockers), Skeeter Rabbit and Jazzy Jay (of the Electric Boogaloos), and many other pioneers of street dance.


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