Lindsey Salfran, a native Floridian, and her husband moved to Eugene, OR in 2014 so she could pursue her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Oregon. Salfran has spent 20 years training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop at local central Florida dance studios and began exploring the competitive dance circuit at 8 years old, studying under master instructors such as Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine and Wade Robson.
While at the University of Central Florida, Salfran was a member of Rukus Hip Hop Dance Team and had the opportunity to perform on BET’s nationally televised shows, “Spring Bling Revamped” and “106&Park” in New York City. From 2006-2014, Lindsey was a lead instructor at Spotlight Dance Center teaching students and adults of all ages in the styles of hip-hop, jazz, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, tap and salsa. She also spent six months at sea in 2008-2009 dancing her way around the East/West Caribbean and South America with Royal Caribbean International. She has been employed by top Orlando entertainment companies such as Walt Disney World, Nickelodeon Hotel and Suites, Spotlight Entertainment and spent some time as one of the lead female vocalists in an Orlando based rock band, “Running With Scissors.”
In 2014, she choreographed New Hope Christian College’s production of “Hairspray!” The Musical, under the direction and production of Stephen and Cindy Kenny and earned a UO Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the end of the 2015 school year. In Fall 2015, Lindsey and her cohort, Bryant Henderson were selected to choreograph for the Dance 2016 Faculty Concert and created, “In the Pocket.” Lindsey was a member of the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company from 2014-2016 and is an active participant and inaugural member of Dr. Habib Iddrisu’s African Ensemble, Dema. Moving forward with her thesis research on jazz dance in higher education, Lindsey looks forward to more exploration, experimentation and expansion throughout the rest of her time at the University of Oregon.