• Tuesdays, 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.

    Charleston, Shim Sham, and Big Apple are some of the African-American dances that became world-wide crazes and are featured in this class. We’ll introduce you to “vernacular” movements such as Suzy Q, Shorty George, Tacky Annie, Spank the Baby, and Camel Walks so you can “speak the language” of Swing Dance.
    • Age: Adults
    • Session: April 30 - May 21 (4 weeks)
    • Difficulty Level: Medium/Low
    • Instructor: Joel Domoe
    • Cost: $60/student
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Joel Domoe Joel Domoe coordinates the design, development, and teaching of Swing Dance Foundations in collaboration with CCAC and other swing dance luminaries in the Cincinnati Area. Joel is the founder of SupermurgaNati, whose mission is: To amaze, enable, and empower Cincinnati's Jitterbugs and Lindy Hoppers creatively, technically, and socially by providing opportunities for elite instruction, generous mentoring, exciting collaboration, supportive connections, and amazing dance. Joel has been teaching, performing, community building, and producing events in the Swing Dance community all over the Eastern United States for 25 years. He is a former Virginia State Open Jitterbug Champion and Southwestern Regional Lindy Hop Champion. He has served as Competition Coordinator and/or Head Judge for the American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT), Lindy Focus (Asheville, NC), and Beantown Dance Camp (Boston, MA) multiple times. Joel has taught classes at far too many events to name. He is a founding and honorary lifetime member of the Piedmont Swing Dance Society in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was a founding member and first president of the Atlanta Swing Era Dance Association. He has founded and directed three different Swing Dance Troupes: Bums and Bombshells (Greensboro, NC), Heavens to Murgatroid! (Atlanta, GA), and The Cinci SnapShots (Cincinnati, OH). In Cincinnati, among other things, Joel served as a co-producer of SwinGallery (Cincinnati’s longest-running weekly swing dance event) from 2006-2016. To learn more about SupermurgaNati, find out exactly who is teaching each course, and see other activities and offerings, please visit supermurganati.com.
    • All classes are open to students with any range of experience, from beginners learning for the first time to experienced dancers looking to solidify fundamentals or expand their knowledge base.
    • Students are not required to bring a partner to class.
    • In class, we use a partner rotation system where Leads dance with all the Follows and Follows dance with all the Leads. All students are expected to participate in the rotation unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Our classes are not designed for students to stay with the same partner.
    • Students are allowed to choose their own role in class, Lead or Follow. Students may also switch roles as frequently as they like.
    • It is highly likely that in every class, students will dance with some partners of the same gender and some of different genders during the rotation. The expectation is that all students be respectful of all other students at all times.
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

    Tai Chi is the slow, meditative Chinese martial art practiced to promote health, balance, mental calm, and clarity. Come and join us to learn and practice this profound and wonderful art. No previous experience is necessary.
    • Ages: Adults and Mature Teens 14+
    • Session: Ongoing, meets year-round
    • Instructor: Uri Sella
    • Cost: Pay-what-you-can (suggested donation of $5/class.) Pay online below or in person before class with cash/check
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • How to Register: Email classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Tai Chi” in the subject line.
    This is a "Pay-what-you-can" class! We determine the "suggested donation" amount based on the absolute minimum that it costs the center to run this class. If that amount is out of your reach today, enter an amount that you are comfortable with in the box below, then hit "donate" to register. If you can afford it, we encourage you to pay the "suggested donation" amount (or more) so CCAC can continue offering creative experiences that are available and accessible to everyone! If you do not see a "donate" option, the program is full.
    Uri Sella Uri grew up in Israel, where he served in the Israeli army and studied law. Upon graduation, he clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court and, in 1994, moved to New York City to start a career as a corporate lawyer. In New York, he discovered a passion to express himself with paint. Twice a week, after a long day in the office, he would shed his suit and tie and travel downtown to attend Jack Potter’s evening classes on drawing and composition at the School of Visual Arts. Several years later, he decided to abandon the practice of law and joined his wife in Cincinnati. Upon the birth of his first child, he became a stay-at-home father. He also studies and teaches tai chi.
  • Saturday, April 27 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Since 1987, Cincinnati has seen tremendous growth in salsa music from the days of the Havana Martini Club featuring a salsa band every Sunday evening to the twenty-two weeks of Salsa on the Square during the summer months. But, how did salsa music evolve? How did it get to Cincinnati? This workshop will time-travel back to Cuba, the origins of salsa music. It will visit and explore the evolution of salsa music through each decade from the 1920s to the 2000s and its arrival in Cincinnati. We’ll listen to music from the 1930s during the rhumba era, the mambo craze of the 1950s, boogaloo of the 1960s in New York City, and finally the salsa explosion of the 1970s. If you want, come with your dancing shoes!
    • Age: Adults (18+)
    • Session: One Time Workshop, meets on April 27, 2024
    • Instructor: Victor Vélez
    • Cost: $40/student
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    • Registration Deadline: April 20, 2024

    Victor Vélez

    Victor Vélez, a native of Puerto Rico, grew up in New York City and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. His creative talents are expressed through multiple artistic disciplines as a writer, poet, photographer, and musician.  Victor studied Communication Arts at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York and began his writing career as a freelance writer in the early 1980s. Victor’s published work includes A Quest for Answers: A Personal Journey (2003)Salsa on the Square: A Summer of Photos (2010) celebrating the annual summer salsa series on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square, Donde Esta, Señor? (Where Are You, Lord?) written in Spanish, and most recently, the suspense thriller Triduum of All Hallows (2022).  He is the author of five poetry books.
  • Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am or Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    Tai chi and qigong are complementary traditional Chinese arts that help to improve one’s health, vitality, and well-being. Tai chi is a series of gentle flowing movements based on martial arts. Qigong is a mind/body exercise that helps stimulate “elemental life force.” In this class, we will focus on the basic forms of traditional Yang tai chi and in particular the Yang 10 step form in January and the Yang 8 step form in March. Over time we will begin to explore the Yang 16 step. Both of these forms are excellent preparation to practice the longer Yang 24 step form. We will also learn the Daoyin Bao Jian Gong, a simple qigong form. Both the tai chi and qigong forms can be performed standing or seated. In addition we will explore some of the philosophy and basic principles behind these arts.
    • Ages: Adults (50+)
    • Session: 
      • Spring 2: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., March 12 – May 14, 2024 (10 weeks)
      • Spring 3: Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., March 14 – May 16, 2024 (10 weeks)
    • Instructor: Rick Warm
    • Cost: $50 for 10-week session
    • Class Location: CCAC's new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
    Rick Warm Rick Warm has practiced martial arts including tai chi for 40+ years. His study of tai chi and qigong has become more serious and focused over the past 10 years, and he is a certified instructor from the prestigious Deyin Institute in the UK. Rick is also the director of the Center for Wisdom and Leadership. 
    Though the crux of Rick's work has centered on leadership and the development of wise leaders, for the last decade Rick has also focused on  wisdom in “second half of life,” the midlife transition, and in particular what it means to be an elder. Rick has taught classes and run seminars and workshops on the topics of wisdom, spirituality and aging. He also  leads a number of Elder Wisdom Circles around the city. Elder Wisdom Circles are groups of older adults, generally in retirement, that gather weekly to discuss such topics as conscious aging, spirituality, and the journey towards wisdom. The circles gather to learn from each other, encourage lifelong learning and growth, and discern how they can make a difference in the world – small or large. 

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