Dance Sets the Stockton Community in Motion

Editor’s Note: Distinctive Stockton Students will feature students who receive the Board of Trustees Fellowship for Distinguished Students. This is the fourth of five posts on the students who received those fellowships this past spring/summer.

Dancers of all ages and abilities from Stockton and the community took lessons and danced alongside professionals during LehrerDance’s two-week residency at Stockton. Through a Fellowship for Distinguished Students, Geanna DiMauro worked closely with Rain Ross, assistant professor of Dance, to help bring the LehrerDance Company to campus.

“The purpose of this project was to get more involvement in the dance program from the Stockton community,” said DiMauro, a senior Dance Arts Administration major from Galloway.

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Jon Lehrer brought the athletic and fluid LehrerDance style, which blends elements of jazz and modern dance, to Stockton from his home base in Buffalo, New York from October 7-19.

“We had faculty and students who have never taken a dance class before come and take a class with LehrerDance. It was great to see people enjoying the art of dance,” said DiMauro, an accomplished dancer herself.

While on campus, the LehrerDance team choreographed Stockton’s spring dance concert, for which DiMauro auditioned. The roster selection was made by Jon Lehrer, who recognized DiMauro’s talent, earning her a spot in the spring concert.

DiMauro said that she and fellow dance students were impressed with the teaching styles of the Lehrer dancers and the ease with which they verbalized and illustrated the movements of dance.

The LehrerDance fellowship was a chance for DiMauro to put the skills she has developed over the course of her dance study at Stockton into action.

“Geanna came in with an interest in arts administration and through a number of internships and projects, she has gotten very involved,” said Ross.

DiMauro has interned with the Stockton Performing Arts Center and the Atlantic City Ballet. She hopes to intern with Jacob’s Pillow Dance, dubbed the “hub and mecca of dancing” by TIME Magazine, as one of three artist services interns who assist with the summer festival, which is the country’s longest-running international dance festival.

“I want to help expand dance awareness,” she said.

“This fellowship helped me solidify a future plan, and Professor Rain Ross helped me expand my knowledge of planning and assisting in a special event,” she explained.

“It was great to work with Geanna and to have her on board. She generated many great ideas,” said Ross.