Physical Listening Workshop

JoAnna Mendl Shaw
Friday, October 19th

Physical Listening explores the responsive conversation that takes place inside the complex and visceral non-verbal encounters we as human beings share in our everyday lives, both consciously and unconsciously.

In a Physical Listening workshop, we deepen our awareness of that non-verbal communication through solo, duet and group movement explorations. The workshop includes a simple but energetic physical warm-up followed by guided movement experiences, journal writing and group discussion. The workshop is designed for movers of all skill levels. No dance training required.

Physical Listening is a movement practice developed by choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw that emerged out of her unique performance work that partners dancers with horses.

When the Physical Listening Workshop is taught with horses, the horse becomes the teacher. Shaw uses human-equine encounters to explore spatial awareness, integration of posture and gesture and grounding. In these equine dialogues, we expand our ability to communicate non-verbally, make decisive movement choices, and practice effective and compassionate leadership.

JOANNA MENDL SHAW is a choreographer and teacher whose work stretches the boundaries of traditional dance. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, Shaw has choreographed for dance companies throughout the States and Europe. Shaw is the Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, a company of professional dancers trained in natural horsemanship and committed to the investigation of the dynamic physical dialogue between horses and humans. The Equus Projects creates performance works for arts and equine venues throughout the country. Shaw currently teaches Composition on the faculty at The Juilliard School and teaches Improvisation, Composition and Choreography in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. https://www.equus-onsite.org


Master Class with Jon Lehrer 

Sunday, October 28,


Jon Lehrer, who was raised in Queens, New York, took his very first dance class at age 19 at the University at Buffalo. While dating a dancer, Jon teased her about how easy it must be to get an A in a dance class. The girl dared Jon to try a beginning level modern dance class and his life was changed.  After only two years of training at UB, Jon was asked to join the University’s Zodiaque Dance Company. Jon ultimately received his B.F.A in Dance from the University at Buffalo.

As a professional, Jon has danced with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company,Paul Sanasardo, John Passafiume Dancers, in Merv Griffin’s “Funderful” and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. In 1997, Jon was hired by Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and after three years, was promoted to Rehearsal Director and then given the position of Associate Director two years later. During his ten years with Giordano, Jon also became the resident choreographer, creating seven   original works on the company that received rave reviews all around the world.

Jon has choreographed for several professional dance companies and University’s all over the country. Jon teaches master classes throughout the U.S. and around the world, having been on faculty at Dance Masters of America, Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Teacher Summer Conference, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM), Chautauqua Institution and is a guest artist at numerous universities. In 2003, Jon had the honor of receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from University at Buffalo Zodiaque Dance Company for his accomplishments as a dancer and choreographer. Jon 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 CNADM to write their Modern Dance Syllabus, which is utilized by teachers all across the country to properly teach and introduce their students to modern dance. In 2010, Jon was honored with CNADM’s Artistic Achievement Award for his excellence and artistry in concert dance. In August 2011, Jon was the guest speaker for Convocation at Shenendoah University. In 2015, Jon received the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Most recently, he was awarded the ‘Rising Star” SPARK Award for being an integral part of Buffalo’s thriving arts and cultural community.

In July 2007, Jon moved to Buffalo, New York, to begin his much anticipated professional dance company. The company showcases his unique choreography and 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. In it’s short history, the company has received much international recognition and critical acclaim, keeping audiences around the world, throughout the US, and in Buffalo on the edge of their seats with their trademark athletic style. As Dance Magazine said, “…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.”


Broadway Connection Master Class: “Hamilton”

We are currently booking a master class with Broadway Connection Teacher and Star of “Hamilton.” We have reserved to have an instructor come on either Sunday, December 2nd or 9th. We will have date and teacher secured 4-5 weeks prior. Keep checking back, this one will sell out quickly!


We’re busy booking guest instructors for the fall! Please check back regularly and LIKE our FB page for announcements!

Past Special Events

EvanMatthew Steward
August 29th 2018

Jazz Master Class
Tom Ralabate
August 14th 2018

Broadway Connection Tap Master Class “Aladdin”
Broadway Connection Teacher, Michelle West
August 12th, 2018

Ballet Master Class
Danielle Lydia Sheather
August 1st 2018

Contemporary Flow
Leanne Rinelli
July 6th 2018

Pilates & Technique
Jamie Stodds
July 5, 2018

Tap Through the Ages
Rachel Repinz
June 21st & 28th, 2018

Musical Theater 4 Week Session
Timmy Goodman
Wednesday, June 6-27th, 2018

Modern Master Class
Kerry Ring
June 15, 2018

Broadway Connection Tap Master Class “Something Rotten”
Broadway Connection Teacher and star of Something Rotten, Kate Bailey
March 11, 2018

Ballet Master Class
Danielle Lydia Sheather
November 12, 2017

Ballroom/Social Dance Workshop
Phyllis “Kippy” Ralabate
Sept-Oct 2017

Ballet Technique, Turns & Leaps Workshop
LauRen Alaimo
June-July 2017

Ballet + Modern Master Class
Kerry Ring
June 7, 2017

Broadway Connection Musical Theatre Master Class “Cabaret”
Broadway Connection Teacher and star of Cabaret, Sarah Bishop
April 30, 2017

Broadway Connection Tap Master Class “42nd Street”
Broadway Connection Teacher and Star of 4nd Street, Mallory Nolting
January 22, 2017

LehrerDance Master Class
Jon Lehrer
July 26, 2016

Musical Theatre Master Class
Michael Peter Deeb
June 21, 2016

Modern Master Class
Kerry Ring
June 8, 2016

Luigi Style: Lurhythmic Textures Master Class
Tom Ralabate
March 20, 2016

Modern/Contemporary Master Class
Ellen Stokes Shadle
November 28, 2015

Classic/Contemporary Jazz Fusion Master Class
Tom Ralabate
August 12, 2015

Phrase Work Master Class
Leanne Rinelli
July 8, 2015

Belly Dance with Faaria Workshop
Faaria Lynch
June 22, 2015

Contemporary Technique Master Class
Leanne Rinelli
June 17, 2015

Broadway Connection Jazz Master Class “Chicago”
February 22, 2015

LehrerDance Master Class
Jon Lehrer
October 26, 2014

A Chorus Line Master Class – “I Hope I Get It”
LauRen Alaimo
September 28, 2014

A Chorus Line Master Class – “One”
LauRen Alaimo
September 21, 2014

Tap Dance Time Step Master Class
Amanda Watson
August 3, 2014

LehrerDance Master Class
Jon Lehrer
July 13, 2014