Kari Burke Lehman‘s dance experience has been an inspirational whirlwind of people, places, and styles.
She began her dance training with Gem City Ballet,
a youth company in Dayton, Ohio, where she enjoyed performing the classics
such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, and Balanchine’s
Concerto Barocco. She got her first tastes of stylized dancing through her roles
in the 100th Anniversary of Flight celebration. Kari received her BA in both
dance performance/choreography and psychology at Hope College in Holland,
Michigan. There her dance studies shifted to modern and she was fortunate to
study closely with dancers from Pilobolus, Alvin Ailey, Giordano, and Nikolais.
She traveled and performed with Hope’s affiliate modern dance company,
dANCEpROjECt. She choreographed and performed for Hope Summer
Repertory Theatre in Godspell, Go, Dog, Go!, Kiss Me Kate, Forever Plaid,
and 1940′s Radio Hour. Kari also choreographed for an emmy award winning
television show, Come on Over! After college she spent a stint in Columbus,
Ohio, performing with jazz fusion dance company Xclaim. Since moving to Austin in 2010, Kari performed with Kanye West at the SXSW Seaholm Powerplant show. Wanting to try a completely new challenge, Kari began taking classes at Blue Lapis Light and found her world literally turned upside down. She was humbled and delighted to debut her aerial work with Blue Lapis Light in 2011′s Devotion. You can find Kari teaching at Dance Austin and Pure Barre.