Geanna DiMauro, 23, of Galloway Township, found her love for dance at age 16. That’s relatively late in a world where many girls start classes as pre-schoolers.

She was so motivated, she paid for her own instruction and spent a year studying ballet with much younger kids, mastering the basics. Then she moved up to her own age group.

Now she’s one of the student dancers chosen by visiting artists Jon Lehrer and Melissa Chisena to perform their modern dance pieces, as part of the Stockton Dance Company’s concerts Feb. 27 through March 2.

It will also include works by Stockton-affiliated choreographers: adjunct faculty teacher Andrea Mychaels, dance professor Henry van Kuiken and assistant dance professor Rain Ross.

Originally a physics major at Richard Stockton College, DiMauro switched to dance arts administration, graduated in December and is looking for a summer internship. She has applied to programs in various states, including the Jacob’s Pillow summer dance festival in Becket, Mass.

DiMauro said she will dance as long as possible, and teaches Barre Belles classes at Tilton Fitness in Galloway and Northfield. The class, developed by Absecon’s Alison Hess, combines ballet barre work with other fitness disciplines, DiMauro said.

DiMauro was awarded a Stockton Board of Trustees Distinguished Student Fellowship, allowing her and Ross to bring LehrerDance, a Buffalo, N.Y., company, to Stockton for a residency last fall. DiMauro hopes to make a career of that kind of special events work for a major dance company such as the New York City Ballet.

Her parents are Nicholas and Georgina DiMauro, of Galloway Township. Her dad owns DiMauro’s Sewing Service in Ventnor, and her mom works for UPS, she said.

‘FENCES’ trip

Fans of Leonard Dozier, of Egg Harbor City, who plays Troy Maxson in “FENCES” at the Open Stage in Harrisburg, Pa., are traveling to see him perform March 1. Cost is $65, which includes transport, show and prime rib dinner buffet.

The bus will leave from Harbor Square (formerly Shore Mall) in Egg Harbor Township at noon and return 11 p.m. Call Robert Williams at 609-576-2705. Dozier is featured in the upcoming Hollywood animated film”Legends of Oz,” opening nationwide in May.

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