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Jennifer Lehaney

Jennifer grew up dancing and performing in Northeast Ohio. She received a B.A. in Dance Studies with a Business Cognate from The University of Akron along with a B.S. in Business from Kent State University. She has performed with The University of Akron Dance Company and worked with talent agencies in New York City, Chicago, and Nashville. In addition to her collegiate experience, Jennifer has been trained and licensed through the Broadway Dance Center Teacher Education Workshops. Much of her recent dance endeavors are in educating students in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theater as well as designing dance conditioning programs for different ages to increase strength and flexibility for the working dancer. She was a guest faculty member at Weathervane Playhouse teaching Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp style Broadway camps.  She was a Teaching Artist for OhioDance bringing dance into Canton City Schools to use as a tool for teaching Geography. Most recently, Jennifer’s choreography was showcased for the University of Akron Dance Company and also for The University of Akron School of Music’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Jennifer has been teaching and choreographing for over twenty five years in Northeast Ohio and beyond at college dance programs, private dance studios, and ballet academies. She has served the dance profession as an adjudicator at auditions and competitions and creates dance education programs for elementary schools. She recently completed her certification in the Youth Protective Advocates in Dance Organization which promotes healthy instruction for developing up and coming dancers in the industry. In addition to teaching at HCB, she is an Assistant Lecturer in the University of Akron’s School of Dance teaching Jazz and Tap and teaches Barre classes at Yoga Lounge and Barre. She is very excited to be working with the students and staff at HCB and to continue her passion for not just creating dancers, but artists!