Cleveland Dance Academy’s Ballet Intensive 2019

Monday, June 17th-Friday, June 21st


Ages 11 and up


Cost: $100 for four days, $125 for five days, $30 daily drop-in rate  

(cash or checks made out to Cleveland Dance Academy)


Come join Miss Mackenzie Cunningham for her second annual ballet intensive to increase your strength, improve your ballet technique, and much more!

Each day will include a ballet technique class, pointe/pre pointe, stretch and strengthening, and a variation class. Plus ballet history, contemporary ballet, and a turns class focusing on the proper execution of turns.

Registration and payment due to CDA by Saturday, June 8th.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Class size is limited- register today!​

Contemporary Workshop Class
Leisa DeCarlo

 Friday, May 17th 5:30-7:30


Class Description

Rooted in a variety of classical, strength-building, and contemporary dance techniques, Leisa’s class is designed to facilitate dynamic, full-bodied movement, versatility, and artistry. Dancers are encouraged to take risks with qualitative weight shifts, counter pulls, and the intricate layering of gesture, and to push the boundaries of their virtuosity and articulation in attempt to uncover the possibilities of movement and develop expressive physicality. Fascinated by the magnitude of the body through its anatomy, instinct, force, and fragility, Leisa’s class builds from a strong technical base and kinesthetic awareness, and is designed to empower dancers to take ownership over movement material and dance to their fullest!




Leisa DeCarlo is an NY-based dancer and arts administrator with a dual BFA in Dance and BA in Journalism from Ohio State University. Leisa has worked with pillars in the field such as Lorry May, Vera J. Blaine, Noa Zuk, Ohad Fishof, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Bebe Miller, Julia Ehrstrand, Susan Hadley, Dave Covey, Meghan Durham Wall, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Ronald K. Alexander, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, and Olivier Tarpaga, as well as performed works by Ulysses Dove, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, and Terence Greene. Leisa has had the immense opportunity to work and perform with companies such as Verb Ballets, Buglisi Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center, ZviDance, Impact Movement Collective, Columbus Moving Company, Cleveland Dance Academy, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, and for NACHMO, as well as in dance-for-camera films including Targeted Advertising, directed and filmed by Mitchell Rose/choreographed by Susan Hadley, At Fault, directed and choreographed by Effy Grey, and Impersistence by Jessica Cavendar. In 2014, Leisa performed in China as an American cultural ambassador, where she led movement workshops at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Shanghai University, and Beijing Dance Academy, and conducted international research later exhibited at the Denman Research Forum. In 2018, Leisa performed her first-ever self-choreographed solo Ink with New Vision Dance Company, and in 2019, she premiered as the dust settles, a work created for her educational residency and commission for Henrico Center for the Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

Leisa’s desire to explore the many facets of the art form have steered her to multigenerational dance company Dances For A Variable Population, an organization that advocates dance as a form of therapy and empowerment through creative movement with a special focus on senior adults, Peridance Capezio Center, Dance/NYC, and Gallim under the direction of Andrea Miller where she curated a series of arts education programming and was instrumental in the company’s groundbreaking choreographic residency at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and first-ever self-produced Joyce Theater season in NYC. Currently, Leisa serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Ballet Academy East, and holds a position with Amirov Dance Theater. She is a company dancer for Impact Movement Collective and continues to fuel her passion for the art form as a freelance dance artist. Leisa is also currently pursuing her Pilates certification.

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