cleveland dance fest 2019

november 8th & 9th

35 CHOREOGRAPHERS + 4 Performances + 8 Master Classes

The Movement Project's Cleveland Dance Fest is set to return for its 4th season November 8th & 9th, 2019 at the beautiful Pilgrim Church in Tremont! The 2-day festival will feature new works by Cleveland and visiting artists in 2 evening performances, an emerging works concert, a youth showcase and a day of master classes for youth and professional dancers taught by CDF artists.  Purchase tickets and register for classes below!

Thank you to our Cleveland Dance Fest 2019 Funders & Sponsors!

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Festival Pricing

CDF Performances

Show 1 & 2 Performances: $16 presale/$18 at the door

Emerging Works Concert: $14 (pre-sale & door)

Youth Showcase: $14 (pre-sale & door)

Performance Pass: $52 (Includes Show 1, Show 2, Emerging Works Concert & Youth Showcase)

Master Classes & Passes

Single Class: $14

Master Class Pass: $48 (Includes all master classes (4 classes at $12 each)

Festival Schedule

Friday November 8th


8:00 PM - SHOW 1

Saturday November 9th


9:00 am - Check-in starts

9:25 - 2:20 pm (Professional Class Schedule)

9:25 - 2:05 (Youth Class Schedule)


8:00 PM - SHOW 2

CDF Performances


Performance Dates: Friday November 8th & Saturday November 9th

Time: 8:00 pm (Box Office Opens at 6:30 pm/Theatre Doors Open at 7:30 pm)

Location: Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

Parking: Free lot parking & street parking (parking map coming soon!)

Ticket Price: $16 (pre-sale) $18 (at the door) *Note: Pre-sale ends November 7th at 11:30 pm


Performance Date: Friday November 8th

Time: 6:00 pm (Box Office Opens at 4:45 pm/Theatre Doors Open at 5:45 pm)

Location: Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

Parking: Free lot parking & street parking (parking map coming soon!)

Ticket Price: $14 (pre-sale & door) *Note: Pre-sale ends November 7th at 11:30 pm


Performance Date: Saturday November 9th

Time: 5:00 pm (Box Office Opens at 4:00 pm/Theatre Doors Open at 4:45 pm)

Location: Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

Parking: Free lot parking & street parking (parking map coming soon!)

Ticket Price: $14 (pre-sale & door) *Note: Pre-sale ends November 7th at 11:30 pm

Meet the Artists

Show 1: Kora Radella, Irene Honora, slowdanger, Kelly Hurlburt & Josh Hines, Marquez Dance Project, Wild She Dances, The Movement Project

Show 2: Gina Hoch-Stall, Emily Liptow, Elu Dance Company, MVment, Chloe Napoletano & Hana Newfeld, SeaBus Dance Company, Sarah Holmes Villanueva Dance, The Movement Project

Emerging Works Concert: Eliza Frye, Meghan Gallagher, Josh Anderson & Laura DeAngelis, Expedition Dance, Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective, OPEN Movement Performance Group

Youth Showcase: City Ballet of Cleveland, Dianna Durkin Dance Studio, Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland School of the Arts, The Movement Project Summer Intensive Guest Artists

Saturday, November 9th

CDF Youth Master classes

Class descriptions below schedule.

9:25 - 10:25 am Contemporary Technique & Repertoire by Summer Logan

10:30 - 11:30 am Choreography & Collaboration by Chloe Napoletano & Hana Newfeld

11:30 - 12:00 pm Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:00 pm Ballet Technique by Grace Nicklos

1:05 - 2:05 pm Dancing Wild by Bethany Logan


Location: Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

*Classes will be held in the Gym on the 1st floor

For student group pricing, contact Grace at

CDF Professional Master Classes

Class descriptions below schedule.

9:25 - 10:25 am slowdanger physical integration by Taylor Knight & Anna Thompson

10:30 - 11:30 am Riding Resilience by Kora Radella

11:30 - 12:15 pm Lunch Break

12:15 - 1:15 pm Dancing Smart: Contemporary Technique & Floorwork by Gina Hoch-Stall

1:20 - 2:20 pm Contact Improvisation: Tuning into Tone by Kelly Hurlburt & Josh Hines


Location: Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44113

*Classes will be held in the Theatre on the 1st floor


Class descriptions

Professional Master Classes

Photo Credit: David Gonsier

slowdanger physical integration by Taylor Knight & Anna Thompson (9:25 - 10:25 am) SPI is an explorational movement experience accompanied by an evolving sound score. Inspired by their studies in somatic practices, BodyMindCentering, Laban Movement Analysis, Movement Theater, Corporeal Mime, improvisational methodologies and compositional studies, slowdanger guides participants to investigate non-verbal processing mechanisms through movement, groove, and sensory stimulus. slowdanger will guide you through a warm-up using imagery and sensing to harness fluidity, dynamic and control in the body. Following, participants will move through improvisational states and compositional frameworks used within slowdanger’s choreographic process. Focus will be placed on honing specificity and finding freedom within the container of structured material. SPI is designed as an open-level practice. It challenges participants to explore connections to body, sound, and their environment. These connections are used to play, investigate, fail, fall, transform and regenerate.

About the Artist: slowdanger is a multidisciplinary performance entity co-directed and founded by performers taylor knight and anna thompson. They fuse movement and sound into an elusive, but illustrative combination of improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks, found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, physiological centering and ontological examination. The more they engage in this collaborative work, the more they recognize the manifestation of their work as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. Within this system, slowdanger works with an engaged and deepened understanding of energy, synergy, action, gender, time and storytelling. From directing music videos to scoring plays, slowdanger transforms its shape to adapt to a variety of different containers. slowdanger produces performances, immersive experiences, and open-level workshops/educational initiatives. They have developed soundscores for theater, dance, film and virtual reality projects as well as act as interdisciplinary movement consultants for actors, musicians, and architects. Their work has been experienced at/in MoMA, Springboard Danse Montreal, Dance Magazine ‘25 to Watch’, The Carnegie Museum of Art and many more. They have received support from The Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation A W Mellon Grant and the Opportunity Fund.

Photo Credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

Riding Resilience by Kora Radella (10:30 - 11:30 am) The physical research of these classes demands athleticism and verve, as well as attention to detail. There will be lively investigations that utilize core strength and release technique principles to create an enlivened presence. Full-throttle and roller-coaster motion via momentum-based floor work and inversions will be met with point-on-precision. Dancers will learn about and experience the nuances of being on the edge of control.

About the Artist: KORA RADELLA is a choreographer, movement teacher, performer, and artist. Radella’s choreography has been performed in New York City at venues including Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, 92Y, Center for Performance Research, Pioneer Works, and Roulette and in other locations nationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Pulse Art Fair in Miami, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, the Three River Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, and Cleveland Public Theatre and internationally at Berliner Festspiele in Berlin and Arts Arena in Pris at the invitation of renowned theater director Robert Wilson, as well as in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, and London. Wilson about the evening-length work she choreographed entitled Repercussion wrote, "Geometric choreography is counterpointed with moments of free movement, with intelligent and carefully thought out use of space." Noted for her use of "awkward grace," Radella researches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances. She was a recipient of an artist residency at Yaddo in 2016 and at Lake Studios Berlin in 2015, and an Ohio Arts Excellence Award in 2014 and 2018. Radella is a 2019 Bogliasco Fellow and will follow her artist residency with working on a new project in Italy in spring 2019. She also was an artist-in-residence at The Watermill Center in 2016 with BOOMERANG, a company she, as the choreographer, co-founded. Radella's primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique via what she calls "riding resilience," improvisation, contact improvisation, and composition. Radella has a long-standing collaborative history, via Double-Edge Dance, with composer/saxophonist Ross Feller and has collaborated with other contemporary musicians as well as visual artists and filmmakers. She is a certified yoga teacher (500RYT). Radella has a Kenyon College dance faculty position that allows her flexibility to create special projects, do commissioned work, and teach master classes nationally and internationally.

Dancing Smart: Contemporary Technique & Floorwork by Gina Hoch-Stall (12:15 - 1:15 pm) This class is for intelligent bodies to play, sweat, experiment, and fly with and away from gravity. Students will skill-build, strength-train and move, move, move. I will share feedback, thoughts, and suggestions about alignment, clarity of movement, presence and focus with a specific emphasis on floorwork and inversions. The class will accumulate a shared knowledge-base of embodied anatomical concepts that will enable students to develop a deeper conversation with their bodies.

About the Artist:  Described by as ‘One of [Philadelphia]’s strongest dancers,’ Gina Hoch-Stall is the Artistic Director of RealLivePeople, a dance company that creates dances based on real-life stories and experiences. Her choreographic projects have been supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Samuel S Fels Fund, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and a residency from White Pines Productions and has been performed across the United States and in Europe. She is currently living in Columbus, Ohio while she wraps up an MFA in dance at The Ohio State University as a Dean's Distinguished Fellow.

Contact Improvisation: Tuning into Tone by Kelly Hurlburt & Josh Hines (1:20 - 2:20 pm) Dancers will gather tools and fundamental exercises of contact improvisation focusing on noticing and being aware of the tone of our body. This will help us listen and be more clear in our dances, shift easily from taking to sharing/ pouring weight with partner(s), follow momentum into falling or flying and discover the full range of ways we can dance in contact with each other. This will lead into an ending Jam (exploring any of the tools or exercises from class OR having your own free dances in and out of contact solo/ group)

About the Artist: Josh Hines & Kelly Hurlburt are partners and dance collaborators based in Columbus, Ohio. Together they co-direct SeaBus Dance Company, a collective of dancers and artists working with contemporary improvisation as performance. Both Josh & Kelly are teachers/ facilitators of contemporary, improvisation and contact improvisational dance forms in the community. Their work explores composition in real time, exposing the decision making, dynamics of collaboration and deep listening of physical bodies in action. Learn more at

Youth Master classes

Contemporary Technique & Repertoire by Summer Logan (9:25 - 10:25 am) This class consists of fast paced contemporary dance technique that focuses on quick direction changes, weight shifting, and performance qualities with the philosophy that the body is dancing at all times. Dancers will get a taste of "company" class with Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective director Summer Logan while learning repertoire from the 2018/2019 performance season.

About the Artist: Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective is a group of professional dancers based in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Collective believes in enhancing and promoting culture through movement and dance. Founder Summer Logan delves into the experiential, social, political, and historic views of Appalachia. Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective explores gender roles, social engagement and issues of poverty through the lens of contemporary movement. B&FDC has enjoyed performing in the Appalachian Arts Festival (OH), Dance Mission (CA), Lincoln Theater, Napa Valley (CA), Shawnee State University (OH), Mudson (UT), pipeSCREAMS (OH), Winterfest (OH), Cleveland Dance Festival (OH).

Photo Credit: Brian Kaiser

Choreography & Collaboration by Chloe Napoletano & Hana Newfeld (10:30 - 11:30 am) This master class will introduce tools for creating a trusting and respectful space for idea sharing, experimentation, and dance making. Dancer will be guided through choreographic devices that Hana & Chloe use in their own creative process. This class will encourage dancers to call upon memories and lived experiences to create meaningful movement.

About the Artist: Hana Newfeld is a collaborative dance artist living in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University and is an active member of SeaBus Dance Company and the Columbus Dance Alliance. Chloe Napoletano is a Columbus, Ohio based dancer, teacher, choreographer, art administrator, and community dance practitioner. Chloe received her BFA in dance from The Ohio State University and is also a dancer with SeaBus. She specializes in teaching older adult populations. Together, Hana & Chloe use a balance of careful tenderness and wrecking carelessness to create work that is sharp in wit, femininity, and humor. Their work speaks to their collaborative relationship as not only choreographers and dancers, but friends. As performers, Hana & Chloe are interested in acknowledging and respecting one another, as well as their audience. They firmly believe that dancers and audience members are all people in space sharing moments together, so being the most honest versions of themselves is important. Their work has been performed at The Wexner Center for the Arts, the OhioDance Festival, and Ten Tiny Dances. Hana & Chloe plan to continue to help dance flourish in their community of Columbus by making meaningful, memorable dance pieces.

Photo Credit: Black Valve

Ballet Technique by Grace Nicklos (12:00 - 1:00 pm) This Ballet class will emphasize clarity of the body in space, articulation of joints, and advanced rhythm structures. We will work from an anatomical approach to movement, using bone rhythms and kinetic chains of the body to further develop the deepening of ballet technique. Musicality and complex timing will challenge the body's ability to adapt and maintain spontaneous alignment. Dancers will leave with an increased knowledge and awareness of their body’s structure and ideal placement; providing tools for technical growth.

About the Artist: Grace Nicklos is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor with her BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Grace began her training as a youth at Royal School of Ballet under the direction of Joanne Hughes Morscher. While studying at Ohio University, she performed in various student, faculty, and guest artist works, as well as showcased her own original work. Currently, she is a company member and the Director of Education and Outreach for The Movement Project in Cleveland Ohio, a dance educator throughout northeast Ohio, and a Pilates teacher at ReFORM Physical Therapy and Pilates. Grace’s passion for arts and her dedication to exploring the body’s movement and connection to its surroundings guides her approach as an artist. Through her work with The Movement Project Grace leads the company’s outreach into schools, community centers, museums, and libraries. She also, leads the company’s school for youth, and through her role as a company member; performs and choreographs for the The Movement Project throughout the year. Her dancing and choreography has been presented at Cleveland Dance Festival, Cleveland Public Theater, The Breen Center, Lakewood Masonic Temple, Transformer Station Museum, SPACES Gallery, Pilgrim Church Theater, Parma Library Auditorium, 78 Street Studios, Cleveland’s Arts in August, Mentor Amphitheater, The Grove, Cuyahoga County Community College, and Going Dutch Festival. Her work in dance education and community outreach has led her to develop unique programs centered on connecting area youth and families to the arts, these programs have included Akron Art Museum’s ArtMoves, The Movement Project’s library movement literacy program SMART Moves, steam based program Science Matters, and Creative Movement year long residencies for local schools. Grace’s most recent choreographic works include Oneness, Flyway, Upstroke, Unacquired Contentment, The Sum, honed, and from a fixed point.

Dancing Wild by Bethany Logan (1:05 - 2:05 pm) The class will take students through the structures used to create "shaking morning." We will begin with kinetic-chain practices with influences from yoga and the use of breath. Following this warm-up, we will dive into the technique and athleticism that is vital to Wild She Dances. This will include more primal movements such as moving across the floor on all-fours, finding strength in the upper body as well as the lower. We will explore moving between these athletic postures into contemporary modes, for example doing tendus into inversions. The class will culminate into a structured improvisation that uses breath, weight, and abandon to bring dancers into a completely vulnerable place of movement.

About the Artist: Wild She Dances is a Brooklyn-based professional modern dance company directed by Bethany Logan. Our mission is to provide opportunities for professional artists through collaboration, to use our platform to raise awareness in causes we believe in, and to create a bridge between artists and the greater public. Wild She Dances was selected for Doug Varone's DEVICES Mentorship program May-August 2018, and has performed at Gibney Dance, WAXworks, and Fertile Ground. Wild She Dances most recently premiered their evening-length work, “shaking morning” in June 2019 at Gibney Dance as a Gibney: POP Artist.