Dance Academy

Students gain valuable insight into the art and athleticism of dance with Salisbury University’s Dance Academy. Participants are instructed by professional dancer and choreographer Jon Lehrer, who teaches methods used by his renowned internationally-touring dance company using theories of physics to refine technique. The course includes daily technique class, repertory and composition study, and culminates in a showcase on Saturday, July 18th at 2:00 in the Holloway Hall auditorium.

What You Need to Know

Audience: Students entering grades 10-12
- July 13-17
- Final showcase: July 18
- Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with the final showcase 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18
- Cost: $300 total
- Qualifications: None

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Program Highlights

Participants in the dance academy will:

  • Engage their full physicality as they learn the John Lehrer dance technique
  • Be instructed by internationally renowned dancer and choreographer John Lehrer himself
  • Apply the elements of circularity, three-dimensionality, oppositional energy and momentum to their dancing
  • Gain valuable insights into the art and athleticism of dance

Academy Instructors

Jon Lehrer is the founder of the Jon Lehrer Dance Company of New York City, established in 2007. In its short history, the company has received much international recognition and critical acclaim. Dance Magazine stated, “The company took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer’s strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles.”

Lehrer has danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Paul Sanasardo, John Passafiume Dancers and in the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. In 1997, he was hired by Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. During his 10 years with Giordano, Jon also became the resident choreographer, creating seven original works on the company that received rave reviews globally.

Lehrer has choreographed for several professional dance companies and universities all over the country. He was featured on the November 2007 cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, and has been reviewed and interviewed in Dance Magazine numerous times. In 2009, Jon was commissioned by Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) to write their Modern Dance Syllabus, which is utilized by teachers across the country. In 2010, Lehrer was honored with CNADM’s Artistic Achievement Award for his excellence and artistry in concert dance. In 2019, Jon was the keynote presenter at the Florida Dance Education Organization conference.

Cristiana Cavallo began dancing at 3 years old. She graduated in 2014 from the University at Buffalo with a B.F.A. in dance and a B.A. in sociology. During her senior year, she was chosen for the Jon Lehrer Dance Company observership program, allowing her to train with the company and gain valuable insight into the professional world of dance. She has now been dancing with the company for six years and is the rehearsal director, becoming an integral part of the company’s success both on and off the stage.

Most recently, Cavallo was invited to choreograph as part of the Barn Dance Project at the Theater at Woodshill, curated by Caitlyn Schrader.