Dance Graduate Office, Room W1B55
University Theatre Building, 261 UCB
Spring 2021 Office Hours
Fridays 2pm - 4pm or by appointment
Brittney Laleh Banaei is Brittney is currently an MFA Candidate and a Graduate Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Missouri State University. Brittney's main performance experience is with traditional Raqs Sharki (Bellydance), and her choreographic/research interests are centered on the study of the people, culture, and dance forms of Middle East and North Africa (and the diaspora) in conversation with their occidental counterparts.
In addition to her transnational dance research and influences, Brittney places a strong emphasis on somatics and pedagogy. She is a STOTT Pilates® trained instructor as well as a licensed massage therapist, and utilizes those skills in the dance classroom to create a physically safe and experiential learning environment. Additionally, her immersive study experience with the contemporary form Gaga informs Brittney's choreographic, directorial, and pedagogical processes.
Brittney's most recently choreographed and directed the collaborative evening-length work "Hunak", an investigation of cultural and interpersonal relationships within states of conflict.
Outside of dance, Brittney's hobbies include: weightlifting, her dogs (Mildred and Mortimer), and peanut butter.