Lindsey Salfran, MFA, and her husband moved to Eugene in 2014. Born and raised near Orlando, FL, she has spent over twenty years training in a variety of dance styles from ballet to salsa. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Central Florida in 2008, with a Minor in Dance. Lindsey was a lead instructor at Spotlight Dance Center in Orlando, FL for over a decade and has been employed by top entertainment companies such as Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean International. In 2014, she choreographed New Hope Christian College’s production of “Hairspray!” The Musical, and earned a UO Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the end of the 2015 school year while studying for her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Oregon. Lindsey was a member of the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company from 2014-2016; traveling throughout Oregon to perform, teach, and contribute to the Dance Department’s longest running outreach program co-directed by Jenifer Craig and Rita Honka. Since 2015, Lindsey has been an active participant and inaugural member of Dr. Habib Iddrisu’s African Ensemble, Dema. Her pedagogical strengths and creative ventures are fueled by vernacular art forms like jazz, tap, hip hop and African dance. As an educator, she prioritizes uncovering the rich history of these vernacular forms in addition to emphasizing the musical relationships that reside within these dance idioms. Currently, Lindsey is thrilled to be teaching at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts and is excited to join Eugene Ballet Academy dance faculty for the 2017-2018 season. Dancing is a timeless tradition that is sacred to civilization as a whole. Lindsey is committed to carrying on the traditions of teaching dance, introducing people of all ages to the elating and lasting effects that the art form has on the past, present and future.