Dance Graduate Office
University Theatre Building, Room W1B55
Leah is a ceaseless student of movement and mindfulness practices; she has journeyed through the world of movement from Contemporary dance to Tango, Butoh to Odissi, Ballet to Central Asian dances and remains an ever-curious one. She began studying dances of the Middle East, Northern India, and West Africa as a teen and was immediately captivated by the rich history embedded in cultural dance and the elegance of the moving body. She began to search for dance traditions and movement styles from around the world to deepen her studies. She moved to the Bay Area in 2005 to pursue Middle Eastern and World dance practices in greater depth where she began training with Carolena Nericcio and performing with Bal Anat under Suhaila Salimpour. Her love of dance continued into Central Asian and Persian dance with Miriam Peretz, Butoh with local and visiting teachers such as Shinichi Iova-Koga, Vangeline & Anastazia Louise, Contemporary with Janice Garrett and Ballet with Augusta Moore, plus many more. She danced for the Bay Area based companies: Damage Control Dance Theater, Loose Change, Bad Unkl Sistah, World Fusion Dance, Ballet Afsaneh, and as a solo artist.
Leah studied dance at Mills College in Oakland where she trained in modern and contemporary dance with an emphasis in somatic movement practices. She is completely fascinated by Dance Ethnology and Ethnomusicology and hopes to pursue her many research interests along the historical Silk Road as an MFA candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her emphasis is in Dance Culture and Somatics, and she looks forward to assisting in theory classes and teaching Transnational Fusion dance technique.
She is yoga and Pilates mat certified.