Andrea Lasner

Adjunct Faculty

Name

Contact Information

PHONE
OFFICE
Center for the Arts, Room 1002P

Education

B.S. in Health Science, University of Hartford, 2007
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Hartford, 2009
Certified Polestar® Pilates Instructor and Practitioner, 2012

Areas of Expertise

Pilates
Dance Fit Screening
Somatic Training

Biography

Andrea located to Baltimore, MD in 2009 after graduating from the University of Hartford with her Masters in Physical Therapy. Prior to receiving her graduate degree she trained and danced with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New Jersey Ballet. 

She grew up predominantly in southern California, starting her dance training at age 3. While there, she was able to work with notable teachers such as Anne Marie D’Angelo and Talara Ruth at Saddleback Dance Center. Upon moving to New Jersey in 2000, Andrea started attending New Jersey School of Ballet. At age 16, she became part of the Junior Company and was mentored by Eleanor D’Antuono and Carolyn Tener Brown. Ms. Lasner became an Apprentice with New Jersey Ballet Company, under direction of Carolyn Clark and Paul McRae, in September 2003. While with the company, she performed Corps de Ballet roles and Demi-soloist roles in works such as: La Bayedere, Nutcracker, Giselle, Tom Sawyer, Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Cinderella, La Esmeralda, and included in an original work Gospel staged by Valentina Kozlova. Presently she continues to dance as a guest artist with Peabody Preparatory.

Andrea currently is a full-time Physical Therapist and director of the Performing Arts Physical Therapy Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She treats a broad cross-section of general Orthopedic diagnoses with a special interest in performing arts medicine with a Pilates-based approach. She has completed extensive education and training leading her to being a certified instructor through Polestar® Pilates with comprehensive emphasis in rehabilitation. Andrea is a clinical instructor for Physical Therapy students and has presented dance medicine research on a national and international level at the American Physical Therapy Association and International Association for Dance Medicine & Science annual conferences, which she is an active member. 

Ms. Lasner has recently joined the dance department as Adjunct Faculty, teaching coursework in Pilates for Everyone. She coordinates preventive dance screens yearly for all dance majors with the innovative DanceFIT screening tool. 

From her experiences and education, she brings knowledge into her dance medicine practice and enjoys helping dancers improve overall health, and gain strength and balance to help them dance for a lifetime as an artist and an athlete.