Modern Dance Classes

All classes are now held at 815 N. McLean Blvd.


Modern Monday with Wayne M. Smith

7 – 8:30 pm at Living Hope Church

815 N. McLean Blvd., Memphis, TN 38107

Teacher: Wayne M. Smith

Level: Beginner


10:15 – 11:45 am at Living Hope Church

815 N. McLean Blvd., Memphis, TN 38107

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Additional information and class calendar are available on our website at

NEW class fees:

$12 if you register beforehand

$15 drop-in rate

REGISTER by either (1) visiting, find the event for that class, and mark that you a “going” to that particular class, or (2) emailing – provide your name, title and date of class in the body of the email, use “Class RSVP” as the subject.

YOU MAY ALSO purchase classes and class cards on our new website, – click on “Classes” and scroll to the bottom to find the links.

E-MAIL with any questions. WE LOOK FORWARD to seeing you!

Teacher Bios:

Wayne M. Smith

wayneWayne M. Smith is a Memphis, TN native. Wayne is a professional choreographer and performer in the dance and theatre arts community. Smith holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA-1995) in Dance from The Ohio State University Columbus, OH and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA-1991) in Theatre, Dance concentration [minor Mathematics] from The University of Memphis. Smith teaches technique, performs and choreographs with Project:Motion Dance Collective (since 1988). Additionally he teaches and choreographs at the University of Memphis, plus works with improvisational theatre company Playback Memphis, and teaches and choreographs for Company d, a dance company for dancers with special needs.

Rebecca Rose Cochran


Rebecca’s style of teaching comes from grounded roots, as the pelvis is the source of movement. Suspension and release, and working with the natural flow of the body while challenging the dancer with unexpected weight shifts, guide her process in approaching students in a differentiated way to speak to their various needs. A believer in the fundamentals of ballet and the fundamental ideas of Limon, Humphrey, and Horton, Rebecca challenges students to explore weight-bearing partner work and unison following breath, driven heavily by musicality. Her image-oriented approach to alignment, technique, and focus fosters a keen eye for detail while allowing the spirit of the dancer to shine through.

Bethany Bak


Bethany is passionate about full-body movement that travels boldly through space. She strives for clarity in her phrase material by honing in on what parts of the body initiate the movement and what concepts of energy are at play once in motion. Her phrases are lengthy in order to give the student efficient time to fully investigate the movement as well as provide a mental challenge. She is interested in examining what “technique” is and how it is integrated into class phrase material. Bethany is very particular about the music used in class and often draws inspiration from her husband’s extensive record collection. Bethany’s “contemporary practice” class is geared toward the intermediate/advanced mover.

Stephanie Mei Hom

image (1)

Stephanie Mei Hom was born and raised in Southern California and began her dance training at the age of nine. She originally started ballet to help with her competitive figure skating training and discovered that she had a natural sense of movement and musicality and a strong memory for choreography. This led her to solely focusing on ballet during high school and continuing with professional ballet training at Houston Ballet Academy upon graduating. It was there that she truly fell in love with dance and decided to pursue a career. She joined Ballet Memphis in 2000 and danced with the company for 14 seasons. Though she has always loved classical ballet, her favorite works were always the contemporary pieces that allowed for natural movement and a deep connection with emotion.

Sarah Ledbetter


Sarah Ledbetter is a multidisciplinary movement artist whose classroom centers around the values of honoring Big Mama Earth, empowering movers’ choices, and the joy of embodied conversation. Her teaching explores the nexus of tradition and contemporaneity through movement practices — improvisation, functional anatomy, and investigative phrase making — with ancient roots in West Africa and green branches in Axis Syllabus, contact improvisation, Butoh, and Body Mind Centering.

Most recently, Sarah has collaborated with Company D, directed and co-produced TREES, an evening length site-specific work, and co-created the Urban Bush Women’s Memphis Collaboratory alongside Bethany Bak. This fall she and Bethany will co-facilitate the first Memphis Dance Makers’ Ensemble, a support and working group for the generation of new dance matter.


One thought on “Modern Dance Classes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s