Activities, Programming and Events


The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum hosts a range of social, cultural and educational events all year long. Scroll through our events listed below, or email to sign up for a once monthly e-newsletter.


 Summer Pietra Fitness Series

Pietra Fitness: A Retreat for body and soul!

Pietra Fitness is a unique “whole person” fitness program that integrates physical exercise with Christian prayer.

Saturdays in July: 15th, 22nd, and 29th

$12 per class or $30 for the  series

9:30am Level 1 Fitness

10:45am Gentle Level Fitness

Register by emailing

Visit our Summer Activities Page for a Listing of 2017 Summer Camps!



West Coast Swing!

WCSwing Wednesdays (every Wednesday)
Love to dance? Want to get fit? Want to meet new people? Then join us every Wednesday for a fun evening of dancing!  West Coast Swing is one of today’s most fun, exciting, versatile, contemporary social dances.  We offer a friendly, casual, group classes where all ages are welcome. No partner or experience is required. All you need is a desire to have a good time, meet friendly people and learn a new social skill.
Beginner classes are taught as a progressive month long series which starts the 1st Wednesday of the month.  Walk-in are welcome!
The Level 2 intermediate classes offer dancers with WCS experience a chance to learn more complex patterns, styling and techniques.
7:00pm – Basic West Coast Swing Fundamentals with Sophy Kdep
             - Beyond Basics Level 2 with Jason Miklic (must be experienced with all the basics)
8-10pm – Social dance
$40 lesson/dance for 4 weeks or $15 each week. $10 lesson/$10 dance.
1/2 OFF for colledge students with I.D. and free for juniors junder 17 year.
Register online at or call Sophy Kdep 859-816-5626.
Beginner Series
Week 1 – Left Side Pass & Sugar Push
Week 2 – Underarm Turn & Sugar Tuck/Same Side Tuck
Week 3 – Right Side Pass & Whip
Week 4 – Reverse Whip
Week 5 (March, May, Nov.) – Basket Whip
Weekly Theme Nights!
Week 1 – Birthday Bash: free admission, free gift and birthday dance
Week 2 – Guy’s Night: 1/2 OFF admission
Week 3 – Swingin’ the Blues: we play your favorite rhythm and blues music.
Week 4 – Jack-N-Jill Night: join our fun open Jack-N-Jill for a chance to cool prizes
Week 5 – Friends with Benefits: bring someone new to WS and you each a free WS Pass
Sunday Swing (1/22, 2/19, 3/19, 4/2, 5/21, 6/25, 7/23, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17)
You’re cordially invited to the largest West Coast Swing Dance Party in the Greater Cincinnati Area!  We offer two levels West Coast Swing lessons, a fun place to meet and hang out with friends and a friendly dance community that will welcome you!  Our Beginner West Coast Swing Lesson is always FREE to everyone.  No experience required, no partner needed, and all ages welcome.
2:00 PM – Beginner WCS Lesson with Sophy Kdep
                 Intermediate WCS Lesson with Jason Miklic
3:00-6:00 PM – Social Dancing
FREE Beginner Lesson – $15 Intermediate Lesson & Dance or $10 Int. Lesson/$10 Dance
½ OFF for college students with ID and FREE for juniors under 16 years.





Presented by A Stroke of Art

Sign up for one or all of our new, fun Painting Parties! The talented instructors at A Stroke of Art will lead the group in the reproduction of a themed painting. Zero experience or talent is needed to create a beautiful, collectible painting worthy of your wall or a gift for someone special! Reservations and advanced payment required: $25pp  Email 


Tuesday Night Dance Lessons 


Tuesday Night Dance Class for the beginner, advanced beginner or intermediate! With or without a partner; singles and couples welcome!


The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum

3738 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226

DANCE SCHEDULE: Weekly on Tuesday evenings

January: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

7 PM Cha Cha

8 PM Class: Foxtrot & open dancing

February: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

7 PM Class: Cha Cha

8 PM Class: West Coast Swing & open dancing

March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

7 PM Class: Hustle

8 PM Class: West Coast Swing & open dancing


$5 per class, per person

Group instruction for adults in ballroom (smooth and rhythm), swing, Latin and Salsa. A variety of dances are taught on a rotating monthly basis. No registration necessary for either class; new students always welcome . Come weekly or drop in as your schedule permits! Smooth soled shoes are recommended; they facilitate turning and movement making learning much quicker and easier.

Jim Dennis is a dance instructor and enthusiast with over 15 years of experience. Jim has taught on cruise ships and in local Cincinnati venues. Contact Jim with questions at:




Sunday Ballroom Socials

Get up and dance! Learn from international dance instructor and competitor, Jozsef Parragh. Preregister by emailing or just drop in!
Ballroom Dance Events 2nd Sundays of the Month. Group class from 6-7, general dancing from 7-8:30pm
Admission $15 No experience necessary.
March 12, Swing
April 9, Cha cha
May 14, Waltz
May 28
June 11, Rumba
July 9, Tango
August 13, Samba
August 27
September 10, Foxtrot
September 24
October 8, Bolero
October 22
November 12, Swing
November 26
December 10, Salsa


Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill Series Comes BACK to the Carnegie Center!

All shows are $2pp with advanced registration or $5pp at the door. Register:

Robin Hood

Sunday, October 16, 2:00pm

Good and evil take center stage in this tale of a legendary outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. But when they run afoul of the greedy Prince John, the deceptive Sheriff of Nottingham devises an elaborate plot to discover Robin’s hideout and capture him once and for all. Full of sword fights and wordplay, this decidedly modern take on the classic story is a high-powered, action-packed adventure.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.


Around the World in 80 Days

Sunday, February 12, 2:00pm

Join Phileas Fogg in the world’s most amazing race. Via rail, boat and even elephant, Fogg must travel the globe in just 80 days or he will forfeit a fortune. But a snooping detective, a possible human sacrifice and even the will of Mother Nature all conspire against Fogg’s adventure of a lifetime in this exciting adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. Just three actors portray 19 different characters to create a spirited, fast-moving, highly imaginative and hilariously entertaining comedy.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Sunday, May 7, 2:00pm


In Narnia — a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter — the White Witch holds power over all. Any who dare dissent are turned instantly into stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe, and her fantastical adventure signals the fulfillment of a prophecy and great change to come. Step through the wardrobe with Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund in this tour-de-force, two-actor adaptation of the beloved and heroic tale of good’s triumph over evil.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.







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