Cherylyn Lavagnino has an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. 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’s choreography has been presented in New York City by Colloquium Contemporary Dance Exchange, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Field, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Dancenow at John Jay College Theater, Ballet Builders at Florence Gould Hall and The Joyce Theatre. She was resident choreographer at The Yard and recipient of the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation’s Choreography award. Ms.Lavagnino received a space grant from the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2006 and is the recipient of the 2007-08 Manhattan Community Arts Fund awarded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Lavagnino has choreographed over thirty works in the past fifteen years. Many of those works were created in collaboration with composers Scott Killian and Andy Teirstein.
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance was officially formed in 2000. The company has been presented by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church numerous times, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow (2003, 2005), The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and New Dance Alliance Inc.
Lavagnino has taught professional ballet internationally 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 Avenue 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. She served as Chair of the Dance Department from 2006-2014.