Lehrer Dance is an inspiring and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company showcases Jon’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. Jon’s extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms fosters choreography that is organic, artistic, accessible and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human condition.
The Lehrer Dance style is based on three main elements of movement: Circularity, 3-Dimensionality, and Momentum. These combine to create a form best described as “Organically Athletic” – integrating the approach and fluidity of modern dance with the excitement and energy of jazz dance to create an expressive, engrossing style of movement. Lehrer Dance is a “small, enviable team of dynamite Buffalo, N.Y. dancers” (Chicago Tribune) comprised of 8 individuals who bring their own unique skills to the Lehrer Dance vernacular, keeping it fresh and evolving.
Lehrer Dance began in July 2007 and has already received much national and international attention and critical acclaim. Dance Magazine says LehrerDance “took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics”, and Galerie Ortenau in Offenburg, Germany declares, “Dynamic, Powerful, Elegant – Lehrer Dance brings an absolute passion for the dance.” The company tours extensively, bringing their trademark athletic style to audiences worldwide. Lehrer Dance toured to Europe in 2013 and will return for a 4-week tour in 2016 and was brought to Russia in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Russian tours were sponsored by the US Consulate in order to, as they put it, “Bring the best in American modern dance to the people of Vladivostok, Russia.”
At home in Buffalo, Lehrer Dance is committed to producing new original works through collaboration and partnership with the areas finest cultural organizations. These projects include works with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Irish Classical Theatre Company, MusicalFare Theatre, Torn Space Theater, UB Center of the Arts, and many others. Lehrer Dance is very proud to be the professional dance company in partnership with the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance. This unique collaboration brings together higher education and the professional world of concert dance, with benefits that serve both groups, as the two entities share artistic resources. UB Dance Majors have the opportunity to take classes in the Lehrer Dance technique, and Jon Lehrer sets work on the University’s Zodiaque Dance Company. Lehrer Dance utilizes UB’s rehearsal space at the Center for the Arts during summer months and on academic breaks. Here, new works are created to be toured all over the world. In addition, an Observership is offered to a UB Dance senior every year affording them the opportunity to learn company repertoire while gaining valuable insight into the professional world of dance.