Open Modern - Ground Control with Michel Rodriguez Cintra

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Open Modern - Ground Control with Michel Rodriguez Cintra

The class is a mixture of modern dance and contact improvisation, heavily inspired by Flying Low Technique, focusing on the use of the floor. The class aims to form students' thought process to use the floor as an extension of the body. The class implements highly physical elements while also taking advantage of the most efficient movement possible.

Michel Rodriguez Cintra is a Cuban born dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He graduated from the National School of Arts, Havana, Cuba. Upon graduation he was chosen to join Danza Contemporanea de Cuba where he became Principal Dancer and toured internationally. After moving to Chicago in 2008 Rodriguez danced with Hedwig Dances, where he performed in addition to choreographing his own works on the company. In 2013 Michel became an ensemble member with Lucky Plush productions, generating multiple roles in various works in their signature devised dance-theater style, and touring nationally and internationally. He has been seen as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Concert Dance Inc, Khecari and Chicago Moving Company.  Rodriguez performed in Atalanta, a play in the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival in April, 2019. In 2022, Rodriguez will appear in Lookingglass Theater’s Alice Through the Lookingglass. At The Dance Center of Columbia College Rodriguez was an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching modern dance technique. Michel was a founding member of The Cambrians where he performed and co-choreographed and toured nationally The Nexus Project and Clover. Other choreographic credits include Solus for Visceral Dance Company, Dancing in the Parks, and Lit & Luz Festival Chicago-Mexico City, LatinX Chicago Arts Festival, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and at the Latino Artist Festival at Northwestern University. In 2010 Rodriguez was a finalist of the A.W.A.R.D. Show Chicago with his work Moi Aussi and was named one of The Men of 2010 in dance by Timeout Chicago.  In October 2013, he was the recipient of the prestigious 3Arts Award and was featured in Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch 2014.

Take the class in-person with a mask in our Studio LL (cap of 18 dancers).
Registration closes 3 hours in advance of in-person classes.

New this year - join us at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for Open Company class with rotating guest artists, every Friday at 9am.

The class will feature rotating guest artists and combines with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company*. Method and technique will vary by teacher.

Invited Artists:

Rigo Saura
Olivia Gonzalez
Nelson Reyes
Lucas Segovia
Jamy Meek
Elysia C. Banks
Jackson Liee
Joshua L. Ishmon
Timothy O'Donnell
Michel Rodriguez Cintra
Cesar G. Salinas

Please click the registration link for the most up to date information on who is teaching each week.

*The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company is an elite group of pre-professional dancers, ages 17-25 who train daily, 9am-3:30pm, August – June at the Ruth Page School of Dance. The program provides continued comprehensive technique training, unique performance experiences, focused study with guest artists and choreographers, and travel to our International Sister Schools in Cuba, Italy and Spain.

As of January 3, 2022, students ages 5+ must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to take class in person.

The City of Chicago has issued a Public Health Order (2021-2) mandating businesses (including Ruth Page Center for the Arts and School of Dance) verify the vaccination status of all patrons age 5 and older. Please be prepared with a Government Issued ID (ages 16+) and proof of vaccination upon entering the lobby, unless you've been previously verified by Ruth Page Center staff. Even with previous verification, you must still check in with Front Desk staff.

(Patrons and/or students with a medical or religious exemption must show proof of exemption, a government issued ID, and negative (PCR) test within 72 hours of entry to the building.)

Running Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543