by Don Bondi
Ka-Ron Brown Lehman, a choreographer, teacher and former artistic director for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts dance department (2001-2006). A featured muse for well-known choreographers like Miguel Godreau, Tom Hansen, Joe Layton, Donald McKayle Joseph Rickard, Jamie Rodgers, Claude Thompson, Andre Tremaine, Rob Iscove, and a host of others, she gained a rich legacy of credits on concert stages, TV Variety Series, Award Specials, Broadway, Theatre, Film, and Commercials. A dedicated educator of forty-eight years, known throughout the US, Finland, Canada and Australia, for spotting talent, motivating students, and helping students unlock their emotions through dance. Her numerous awards include the American Choreography Educator Award, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; NAACP Award for Choreography and Educator of the Year, and a Drama Logue Critics Award for her dance roles in Jon Hendricks’ “Evolution of the Blues”, Oscar Brown JR.’s It’s About Time, and Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope. The founder of the Annual Lehman Dance Awards, produced and directed S.O.S. Katrina, raising $13,000 for recovery and rebuilding. Participated in Cincinnati’s Choreographers without Companies at the Aronoff; Co-Director for Cincinnati Choreographers Collective; adjudicated Overture Awards semifinals; and an Advisory Board member for Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lehman is presently a part of the prestigious faculty rosters for the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. In addition to being an Adjunct Dance Instructor for the Dance Division Majors at CCM, School for Creative and Performing Arts at Erich Kunzel Center for Arts Education, and Claudia Barrett’s Ballet Tech Ohio. Ms. Lehman was invited by Victoria Morgan, to choreograph a première work, on the Cincinnati Ballet Company for the 2010 New Works’ Project; entitled “The Periapt”, a fable danced to original music composed by CCM Professor Michael Chertock.