Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance inhabits the dynamic extremes of Ballet, invoking both rigor and ease to create a passionate expression of the ever-shifting nature of our emotions and interactions. By confronting rather than transcending the physical limitations of pointe work and other virtuosities idiomatic to Ballet, Lavagnino renders the expressive tools to magnify remote or un-idealized aspects of the human condition such as aggression, fragility, and struggle. Biography and narrative are woven into the emotional fabric of the dance.
Lavagnino toured nationally as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet performing at New York's City Center and BAM. Lavagnino has performed a range of classical repertoire and contemporary work by choreographers including Balanchine, John Butler, Hans Van Manen, and Tere O'Connor, the diversity of these experiences informing the dialogue between classical and contemporary in her work with Cheylyn Lavagnino Dance. Her merits as a performer include work with the San Diego Ballet, Arizona Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Teatro del Espacio in Mexico City.
Lavagnino has taught professional ballet intemationally and in several NYC studios. She has taught at the Paul Taylor Intensive (NYC), at Bates Dance Festival, at Jacob's Pillow and taught daily company class for the Lyon Opera Ballet. She has been a full-time member of the Faculty at NYU since 1987 and directed Tisch's Second A venue Dance Company for 14 years. In recognition of her superior work, she won New York University's prestigious David Payne Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003. Lavagnino is currently serving as Chair of the Dance Department at NYU.