Jill Hertzog, Artistic Director
Jill directs and manages Cavod Dance Company, and gives artistic direction to the leading company.
Jill grew up north of Boston, and has lived in Lancaster County for a little over a year now pastoring a church alongside her husband. Jill graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Performance Studies and Secondary Education. Jill trained under Kelli Wicke-Davis and had the opportunity to work with a variety of well-known artists from the New York area, including; Sean Curran, Neta Pulvermacher, Jenny Rocha, Tiffany Mills, and Jennifer Conley (Martha Graham Company.) Post college she performed and choreographed for dance companies throughout the Northeast including; founding/directing Agape Dance Theatre, and dancing for Dendron Dance Company, cancer benefit company Voices of Hope, Navarasa Dance Theatre, and Audra Carabetta Company. Jill predominantly teaches and choreographs modern-based dance work, but has experience in many other dance genres, gymnastics, yoga, and acrobatic work. Jill has always had a passion for dance, but her number one love is sharing the hope of Jesus with others. She believes the performing arts is a powerful tool to share this hope. Prior to becoming part of Cavod, Jill served as the Director of Children’s, Youth, & Arts Ministry at Vineyard Community Church in the Boston area; pastoring teens, building children’s programs and jump starting an arts ministry department. Previously, Jill was a preschool teacher for three years, and taught dance at performing arts centers/schools all over Massachusetts. In the summer of 2012 and 2013 she traveled to Haiti to teach modern and worship dance while sharing the gospel. Jill is always striving to grow as an artist and teacher, and is honored to have the opportunity to guide and give creative direction to Cavod Dance Company. Jill’s desire is to instill the joy of artistic movement in whomever she can, while serving God with her life and the gifts he has graciously given her.
Stephanie Morales, Assistant Director
Stephanie assists with directing Cavod Dance Company and gives artistic direction to Cavod Dance Company II. She also handles booking shows and company public relations.
Stephanie is a graduate from Belhaven University with a BA in Dance. During her time at Belhaven, Stephanie had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Vincent Hardy, Sheron Wray, Kim Nofsinger, Kellis McSparrin-Oldenburg and Brandon Mitchell as well as the faculty from her university. Much of her training was heavily focused in ballet and modern, but throughout the years has received training in other styles such as jazz and hip hop. As a native from Lancaster, she has had the blessing of training at Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy and Lancaster School of Ballet where she participated in there company performances. Stephanie is excited to be back home teaching and is looking forward to share her college experiences and training with her students.
Cavod Dance Company Dancers
Sierra Anastasi has been at Cavod Academy of the Arts for over 11 years, and has been a dancer with Cavod Dance Company for three years. In addition to dance, Sierra loves to sing and act, especially for Cavod Theatre, Cavod’s community theatre where she has been apart of over 15 productions. Sierra loves reaching out to people through dance and is excited to continue her walk with the Lord using the gifts God has given her.
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Bente Lefever has been taking classes at Cavod Academy of the Arts for seven years and has taken Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, and Lyrical. This is Bente’s fourth year dancing with Cavod Dance Company. She first saw Cavod Dance Company perform at her church when she was ten, and had wanted to be part of the company ever since. She loves being a part of the company and ministering to people through dance whether at churches or through outreach. This is Bente’s second year teaching classes at Cavod. She is teaching both beginner hip-hop classes and intro tap classes for ages 5 through adult. She loves working with children and cannot wait to see how God will use her teaching to glorify him.
With experience in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, gymnastics, and hip hop, Maria has been dancing with Cavod Academy for around nine years. Through Cavod Dance Company, she has been able to strengthen her dance technique while deepening her relationship with God. Maria is passionate about expressing her heart of worship through dance, and her desire is to deliver the redeeming message of hope through dance and ministry. She is humbled to be dancing with the company for her fourth year.
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Olivia Urban has taken a multitude of dance classes since coming to Cavod in 2009. This is her fifth year dancing with Cavod Dance Company. She loves God with all of her heart, and is excited to be part of Cavod Dance Company’s mission to display the glory of God through dance.
Timnah Krauter (apprentice)
Cavod Dance Company II Dancers
Ella Cassidy (Trainee)