New Expanded Dance Program at Rabbit Run


Pictured above from left to right: Nick Carlisle,  Maggie Runyon, and Emily Schiemann.

Pictured above from left to right: Nick Carlisle, Maggie Runyon, and Emily Schiemann.

Not just one but three new dance instructors have been added to the roster in a much expanded dance curriculum beginning this fall at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association. 

Nick Carlisle, Maggie Runyon and Emily Schiemann have come on board to teach dance at Rabbit Run this September with Heather Hoffman continuing to serve as dance director. 

Carlisle, formerly of Carlisle School of Dance, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography. His professional performing career spans 30 years and includes appearances with the Tom Evert Dance Company, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, the Cleveland Opera, the Repertory Project, Lakeland Civic Dance Company, and Morrison Dance.  

Carlisle has been teaching dance classes continually since 1986 at numerous universities, schools and studios throughout the region. Currently he is the professor of dance at Lake Erie College. His diverse repertoire of original choreography has been presented locally, regionally and abroad.  He will serve as instructor for the Hip Hop and Contemporary dance classes at RRCAA. 

Runyon has been dancing since the age of 5.   She studied dance at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby and Fred Astaire.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Dance from Lake Erie College and has created choreography for area high school musicals.  At RRCAA Runyon will be teaching Creative Movement, Ballet I, Pointe, Adult Ballet, Beginning Tap/Jazz and Ballroom Dancing. 

Schiemann studied dance for 15 years at Fordu School of Dance in Madison and at Carlisle School of Dance.   She has experience with tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and lyrical dance.  Schiemann will work primarily with younger dancers at Rabbit Run teaching Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap/Jazz. 

Dance Director Heather Hoffman will continue to offer instruction for Pre-Ballet, Ballet I and II, Tap/Jazz I, II and III and Adult Tap Fitness. 

RRCAA offers a comprehensive dance curriculum for all ages.  Creative Movement for children 3 to 4 years old is an introductory dance which utilizes imaginations, props and play to teach young dancers concepts of space, tempo and movement quality. 

A four-tiered ballet curriculum starts with the basics of classical ballet in Pre-Ballet for ages 4 through 6 and culminates with the dancer advancing to pointe in high school.  Adults are also welcome to step up to the barre in the Adult Ballet Fitness class on Thursday evenings. 

Tap and Jazz dance classes are also available in a four-tiered program beginning with Pre-Tap/Jazz for 5 and 6 year olds up to Jazz III for high school students.  Adult Tap Fitness on Wednesday evenings is available for both beginning adult dancers as well as those looking to hone tap dancing skills. 

A welcome addition the curriculum this fall are four new classes in Hip Hop and Contemporary dance.  Hip Hop II is for beginning dancers or those who have some experience with hip hop.  Hip Hop III, for 13 to 18-year-old dancers, continues to develop the skills learned in Hip Hop II. 

Contemporary II for students in the fourth through the seventh grade incorporates elements of modern dance and ballet as well as contemporary jazz.  No dance experience is necessary for this class.  Contemporary III for ages 13 through 18 refines and further develops skills learned in Contemporary II.

“We are excited about these new additions to our dance curriculum”, said Brint Learned, executive director of RRCAA.  “We have built a very solid dance program that has grown steadily over the years.  Adding new instructors and courses this fall continues to add to the depth of our program and will enhance the quality of the dance curriculum for our students.” 

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175All dance classes are offered at RRCAA, 49 Park St., Madison.  Most classes begin the week of Sept. 8.  To register or for more information call RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or visit 

RRCAA is a non-profit organization and receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH  44057



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