Kurt Adametz (Rehearsal Director), originally from Northampton, MA, began his dance training at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts. While studying there, he traveled to Europe twice as a member of the United States Tap and Jazz Teams, winning two gold medals and the title of Junior Male World Tap and Jazz Champion (Slovenia, 2001), and a gold medal and title of Male World Tap Champion (Germany, 2002). Kurt then went on to attend Wheaton College near Boston, where he received a BA in Hispanic Studies. During this time, he continued his training by participating in intensives at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduating in 2008, Kurt accepted a full scholarship to study at the Giordano Dance School in Chicago. While in Chicago, he went on to dance for one season with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II, and as a principal dancer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Kurt is thrilled to be in his seventh season with Lehrer Dance.
Cristiana Cavallo is from Utica, NY and began dancing at the age of 3. She received her training from local and guest artists at the Dancenter and at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute School of Dance. Cristiana graduated in 2014 from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Sociology. As a UB student, she was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company for three years and performed in various Musical Theatre productions, including “It Goes Like It Goes: The Music of David Shire” and “Grease”. She has choreographed for many student productions and was the Director of Dancer’s Workshop. She attended numerous summer programs, including NYSSSA , Thodos Dance Chicago Intensive, and Steps Summer Study. During her senior year, Cristiana was chosen for the Lehrer Dance Observership, allowing her to train with the company and gain valuable insight into the professional world of dance. Cristiana couldn’t be happier to be in her third season with Lehrer Dance.
Rachael Humphrey (Education & Outreach Director) is originally from Buffalo, NY, where she studied dance at the American Academy of Ballet with Maris Battaglia. Rachael is a 2010 graduate of SUNY Potsdam and has performed pieces by many professional companies including Bridgman/Packer Dance, Configurations Dance Theater and Danny Grossman Dance Company. Rachael is excited to be back home in Buffalo dancing in her seventh season with Lehrer Dance.
Tyler Malone, originally from Long Island, New York, grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina. He attended a local dance studio, Lake Norman Dance Gallery, under the direction of Nikki Ritchie-Hensley, training there from age 7-18. While still in high school, Tyler performed with Kool and The Gang, under the direction of Chris Judd, as well as in many parades, showcases, flash mobs, and industrials. Tyler graduated from Point Park University in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Dance, concentration in Jazz. While attending Point Park, Tyler performed in multiple shows featuring many choreographers including Ron Tassone, Alan Hineline, Darrel Moultrie, Ron Hutson, Nicolas Petrov and many more. Tyler is overjoyed to be in his third season at Lehrer Dance. Lastly, Tyler would like to thank his friends and family for keeping him motivated and inspired though it all.
Ryan Moguel was born in North Carolina and later moved to Buffalo, New York. He trained with Matthew Clark at Clark Academy of Performing Arts and with him attended the International Dance Organization’s tap competition in Reisa, Germany in 2006 and 2008, winning 1st place on both occasions. Ryan graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 where he worked with amazing artists, performing works by Sam Watson, Larry Keigwin, Michael Williams, Doug Nielsen, and George Balanchine. Ryan is happy to be back in his hometown, in his fourth year with Lehrer Dance.
Immanuel Naylor (Associate Director), a native of Maryland, is a 2006 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina. Manny moved to Buffalo, NY in 2007 to become a founding member of Lehrer Dance. Prior to joining Lehrer Dance, Manny was also a founding member of Kearns Dance Project based in North Carolina. Since moving to Buffalo, Manny has performed in MusicalFare Theater’s production of American Rhapsody (2010), Artpark’s Aida (2007) and All Shook Up (2010), and Irish Classical Theatre and Lehrer Dance’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (2014). Manny is in his tenth season with Lehrer Dance. In loving memory of Baba Kundi Ma’at-Shambhala.
Taylor Ramos is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She began her dance education at Toledo School for the Arts, where she attended both middle school and high school. Additionally, she was a company member with the Toledo Ballet Association, where she cultivated her classical ballet training. She is trained in ballet, modern, and jazz, and has spent time studying with River North Dance Chicago. Upon graduation, Taylor moved to Dayton, Ohio to begin schooling at Wright State University with a major in Dance. While working under the faculty at Wright State, Taylor was also a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s second company. In addition to performance opportunities with both Wright State and DCDC, Taylor has also done several film projects in both Toledo and Dayton. Taylor recently graduated from Wright State, and is both thankful and thrilled to be spending her first season with Lehrer Dance!
Colleen Walsh was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, and began her training at Steppin’ Out Dance Academy at the age of 4, where she currently teaches. In 2010 Colleen received her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. While at UB, she was a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company for three consecutive years, beginning her freshman year in the Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble. In her Senior year, Colleen was awarded the first Lehrer Dance Observership which was established through the partnership with Lehrer Dance and the University at Buffalo’s Department of Theatre & Dance. Colleen is tremendously excited to be in her seventh season with Lehrer Dance.