Lawrence Leritz is one of America's best known dance personalities. Leritz began his career with a Ford Foundation Scholarship to Balanchine's NEW YORK CITY BALLET and danced with the PARIS OPERA at New York's Metropolitan Opera & the Kennedy Center, the CHICAGO BALLET, Placido Domingo's LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER OPERA, Germany's HAMBURG BALLET, Israel's BAT DOR DANCE COMPANY, in FONTEYN & NUREYEV ON BROADWAY and as a guest artist throughout the world. Leritz's own dance company, DANCE CELEBRATION, represented the United States at the International Choreographic Competitions in Paris and received special congratulations from the White House. Leritz also appeared in the Joffrey Ballet's version of "Petrouska" starring Rudolf Nureyev at the New York City Center. Lawrence appeared twice on the cover of DANCE PAGES MAGAZINE and is featured in both the London Dance Museum and the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library Dance Collection.
Lawrence is proud to have danced for a Who's Who of international dance choreographers, including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Joffrey, Tommy Tune, Sir Frederick Ashton and Alvin Ailey. Favorite roles include Balanchine's "Minkus Pas De Trois," The Prince in "The Nutcracker," The Dancing Master in "Cinderella," Cupid in "Merry Wives Of Windsor" and Billy The Kid. Leritz also appeared in the Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Herschel Bernardi. Leritz has choreographed for many various mediums, including "Alone" for the HAMBURG BALLET, the LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER OPERA, the mime duo SHIELDS & YARNELL, such recording artists as BILLY JOEL, the feature film, Berry Gordy's THE LAST DRAGON (Tri-Star Pictures), the special event BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS at several Broadway theatres, gala performances at Lincoln Center & musical homevideos for children. Lawrence is also the choreographer for the NBC SPORTS SPECIAL: THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER BODYBUILDING CLASSIC.
Leritz choreographed the hit Off-Broadway show, BOOBS! THE MUSICAL for the 2003-2004 season, which earned Lawrence rave reviews from all the major New York critics & the 2004 MAC AWARD nomination. Leritz is included in such publications as Who's Who In Entertainment, Who's Who In America and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Critical praise for Boobs! The Musical:
London Financial Times: "Boobs! has been inventively choreographed by Lawrence Leritz"
New York Times: "The six-person cast is expertly choreographed by Lawrence Leritz"
New York Magazine: "Lawrence Leritz's choreography is appealing apposite (perfect)" - John Simon
"Lawrence is the kind of dancer who can take the audience in the palm of his hand, put them in his pocket and skip away" ..........Rosella Hightower, juror at The International Choreographic Competitions, Paris, France.
|Guest Artist in the St. Louis Opera's
"SAMSON & DELIAH"
|From MUSCLE & FITNESS MAGAZINE|
|with Mercedes Ellington|
|LOS ANGELES MUSIC CENTER OPERA: Conductor Sir Neville Marriner, opera star Frederica von Stade & guest artist/choreographer Lawrence Leritz.||HARKNESS BALLET: 1st Year in NYC|