RED Dance Center | Hudson, Ohio

RED Dance Center is the home of the RED School of Dance, serving the public in Summit, Portage and Cuyahoga counties of Ohio.

Classes in Modern Dance & Ballet

Master Classes & Dance Intensives

Home of RED Company Real.Edge.Dance, Akron’s only professional Modern Dance Company. 

What is Modern Dance?

Modern Dance is a style of dance that has been around a little over 100 years. Modern Dance is a form of art that has many different approaches and can be a hybrid of other dance styles to create a dynamic style of dance. Modern Dance is “an individual’s approach to thoughtful expression of movement” and explores all avenues of movement possibilities. Inspiration for modern dance can be found in everything. Modern dance movement explores symmetrical and abstract designs, shows effort and emotion in movement, and practices free exploration of the entire body. Modern dance strongly encourages self-expression to create exciting movement that connects on a physical, psychological, and emotional level.


About RDC

Premier Dance Center for Dance Instruction

The RED Dance Center was established in Hudson, Ohio in June 2015 to enrich and strengthen arts education of modern and ballet within the community. The RED School of Modern Dance was established at the same time to offer Educational Modern and Ballet Dance Technique Classes, Master Classes, and Intensives for community dancers of all ages, from teens to adults of all ages, as well as individuals of all dance experience levels from beginner to advanced.

Classes and intensives are offered at affordable tuition rates and provide the community opportunities to study and learn modern dance and ballet through the mentoring of experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate dance artists. The school’s dance class offerings serve both recreational and professional dancers by providing classes that are strongly centered upon artistic development in self-expression and correct movement technique to cultivate a well-rounded artistic/technical dancer. These are technique classes only – there are no recitals or performances, so therefore no additional expenses for costumes or performance-related costs. Just pure focus on the development of dancers confidence, physical technique, and expression of artistry of the craft of modern and ballet dance.

The RED Dance Center features:

  • 1,100 sq. ft. Sprung Dance Floor with Professional Marley – safer on dancers’ joints, forgiving on dancers’ bodies
  • high ceilngs; full height wall mirrors
  • quality sound system; live music with select classes
  • spacious waiting area for parents/students
  • convienient parking right in front of building
  • conveniently located near Hudson, Stow, Richfield, Peninsula, Akron, Twinsburg, Macedonia, Streetsboro
  • close to shopping areas and downtown Hudson
  • dance instructor Kelli Sanford has over 15 years professional dance experience and is a Certified Pilates Instructor, with extensive knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics, providing dancers with proper technique to remain injury free

The RED School of Modern Dance prepares the pre-professional dancer for a career in the arts and also broadens the recreational dancer’s love for the art of dance which builds self-confidence and discipline gained from studying modern and ballet technique.


RED Dance Center is generously supported by The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, and Akron Community Foundation. RED Company/The Red Dance Center/RED School of Modern Dance are a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

Classes & Intensives 2018

Class Descriptions

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Intermediate Modern  Dance Technique
(recommended age 13 thru adult)
CURRENT SESSION:  Fall 2018 • Mondays 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm
13 classes: Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10

This modern dance technique class is based on traditional modern dance styles that continue to work on foundational alignment applications and continual develop of movement skills in the  dancer/athlete. The class is designed to encourage dancers’ exploration of dynamic movement with emphasis on core energy, space, shape, musicality, fluidity of spine, and artistic expression of movements. A great class to help  dancers challenge their bodies to move differently and to explore athletic ability potential with use of creative movements. Technique involves floor work sequences (Graham-influence), center, and across floor progressions. 

Intermediate Adult Ballet Barre Dance Technique
CURRENT SESSION:  Fall 2018 • Mondays 7:15 pm – 8:15pm
Dates:  Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 8, 15

Intermediate Adult Ballet & Modern Technique                                                 Current Session: Fall 2018 Tuesdays 11:00am-12:15pm                                    Dates: Oct. 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 27; Dec. 4, 11

This adult ballet technique class is designed for adult students who seek to return to ballet technique recreationally and participate in a class that is still rooted in strong, yet adaptable technique for the aging dancer’s body. Class focuses on correct alignment, posture, poise, fluidity, musicality, and artistry of movement. The ballet movement performed (barre and across floor sequences) is designed to accommodate recreational to advanced adult dancers, athletes, fitness fanatics, dance teachers, and modern dancers, including those whose bodies are not necessarily built like a traditional ‘ballerina.’ Strong focus on performing movement naturally, based upon the adult dancer’s current body flexibility and strength. Some prior ballet technique experience suggested. A great class for those who want to incorporate ballet technique into their current fitness regimen and regain their passion for dance. 


This adult modern technique class is for dancers who have some prior dance experience in any style. Class focuses on strong technical skills in alignment, space and shape, dynamics, and musicality of movement. Structure of class consists of floor work with some Graham-based exercises, center, and across floor progressions. This class is an excellent way for the dancer who is looking to increase their movement vocabulary and strengthen their technical and artistic skills in modern technique and aid skills in other genres of dance.



Upcoming Master Classes or Intensives 2018

Summer Dance Classes

Monday July 9 and 16, 2018 and Monday August 6 and 13, 2018

6:00-7:15pm Intermediate Modern      7:15-8:15pm Intermediate Ballet Barre

$20 per class or $30 for both classes each night


9:30am-1:00pm Tuition $70.00

9:30-10:00am Pilates Mat/ 10:00-11:45am Modern / 12:00-1:00pm Ballet Contemporary Barre


Faculty & Artists


Technique classes are taught under the instruction of RED Artistic Director Kelli Sanford who was the recipient of the “2016 Akron Arts Alive Award for Outstanding Artist in Dance.” Ms. Sanford holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from The University of Akron.

Ms. Sanford is currently a Part-Time Senior Lecturer in Dance at The University of Akron where she teaches Advanced Modern Technique and serves as the Touring Ensemble Director. Ms. Sanford’s past additional teaching positions include Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Kent State University Stark Campus, and  a Part-Time Lecturer in Dance at Case Western Reserve University from 2007-2011. During her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, Ms. Sanford received numerous awards in excellence in teaching, performing, theatrical elements, and was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Pancoast Fellowship Award that enabled her to study Aboriginal culture and dance in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia. As an Assistant Lecturer at CWRU, she was nominated for “Excellence in Mentoring” and “Most Engaging Lecturer” Awards.

Ms. Sanford’s professional performing credits include featured dance soloist with Tikvah Company of Artists where she performed in Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. Ms. Sanford also performed with Opera Cleveland and Louder Than Words Dance Company. A leader and mentor in modern dance arts education, Ms. Sanford was the Lead Artist in Dance for the city of Akron’s Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience program from 2009-2011 for which she developed the first ever dance program for the SAE. In this program, she trained and mentored Akron high school students from various socio-economic backgrounds. Her choreography from this program was featured in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Ms. Sanford served as the Dance Instructor for Ohio Ballet’s Turned Out Tikes Summer Children’s Program from 2002-2007. A seasoned and sought-after teacher of modern dance, Ms. Sanford also teaches modern dance technique at the School of Canton Ballet.

In 2012, Ms. Sanford presented a collaborative project, “From There to Here,” sponsored by The University of Akron, which she traveled to perform at the prestigious International University Global Theater Experience conference in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 she performed her dance work “SKINS” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in San Diego, CA.

Ms. Sanford is a Certified Pilates mat and machine instructor, trained by Body Technic Systems Inc., and is the owner of PHYSIQUE KINETICS LLC where she offers personalized Pilates training. A fitness enthusiast,  Ms. Sanford enjoys a passion for bodybuilding. Ms. Sanford competed in the National Physique Committee (NPC) Natural Ohio Bodybuilding Championship on March 28, 2015 in Lakewood, OH, winning the title of OVERALL MASTERS WOMENS FIGURE CHAMPION. Most recently, Ms. Sanford competed in the Natural Muscle Association’s (NMA) Great Lakes Natural Bodybuilding Championships on April 22, 2017 in Erie, PA, where she won the title of OVERALL BIKINI CHAMPION and earned her official PRO-CARD STATUS in the NMA; as well as in the National Gym Association (NGA) Rocky’s NEO Pro/Am Natural Bodybuilding Competition where she won the title of OVERALL BIKINI CHAMPION, MOST FIT WOMAN, and 1ST PLACE OPEN FIGURE, earning her PRO-CARD STATUS in both Bikini and Figure.

Guest Artists

Info to be announced.

About RED Company

Akron’s Professional Modern Dance Company

RED Company  was a performing professional modern dance company that produced many dance concerts and outreach performances throughout Northeast Ohio for six seasons from 2011-2017. Founded by Executive/Artistic Director, Kelli Sanford, RED was formed exclusively for the development of artistic and creative modern dance at the highest standards within Summit County and Northeast Ohio and to promote arts awareness and dance education opportunities for community members of all ages. RED created entertaining and thought-provoking dance art that encouraged understanding of difficult issues while promoting importance of diversity within the arts and all facets of society. RED Company was a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization.


RED produced six performance seasons from 2011-2017 and achieved many accomplishments. RED produced six annual concert series that debuted more than 16 world-premiere dance works as well as original music from local composers. RED created and performed culturally significant educational outreach programs in the community, such as “The Social Order,” a program created for middle school students focusing on the subjects of bullying and social behavior; and “SKINS,” a program in collaboration with The Emily Program, exploring the topic of body image and eating disorders. “Skins” was performed at the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival in San Diego, CA,where San Diego dance critic Janice Steinberg stated, “(Sanford) opens the piece with a riveting solo, her limbs quickly curling inward and flashing out, her angularity of a piece with her high-spiked red hair. There are plenty of dances full of struggle, but not as many where you believe the struggle matters; here, you do.” 

In 2015, RED presented special dance performances of “Exploding Atoms” at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and at the Night Light Cinema in Akron, Ohio. RED’s outreach efforts included performing numerous dance programs for the senior citizen community members residing in various nursing home care centers in the area. RED performed a total of 46 nursing home outreach performances throughout Summit, Stark, and Wayne Counties, entertaining and enriching the lives of more than 1,000 elderly, physically, and/or mentally impaired residents with modern dance performances. RED provided world-class training to 21 apprentices who aspire to become professional dancers through RED’s Apprentice Training Program & Special Apprenticeship Program for recreational dancers of the community.

RED received support over the years from local philanthropic foundations, such as The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, and The Ohio Arts Council, as well as many individual patrons.