In this postmodern dance class, we will cultivate physical intelligence and curiosity using practices and values that draw from Western and African diasporic dance/movement traditions. We’ll also develop our capacities to be creative and make choices by working with others to access all the intelligence in the room. Class will include guided somatic-based explorations, physical problem-solving activities, and both follow-along and learned dance phrases that encourage bold movement and the integration of the whole self—body, mind, and spirit. Leah’s class is communal, athletic, and thoughtful. Come to work hard, laugh, and discover what we are capable of!
Leah Cox is an educator, performer, and choreographer. In addition to being Dean of the American Dance Festival, Cox holds the position of Term Associate Professor at Bard College. Leah is an avid educator, teaching classes for all ages and levels of ability nationwide. She has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Peridance, and Dance New Amsterdam and is a master teacher and adjudicator for YoungArts. Cox worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in various capacities from 2001 to 2014. She began as a company dancer, briefly occupied the role of rehearsal assistant, became the company’s first education director, launching its education programs, and regularly reconstructed the company’s works on students and professional dancers. When the company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts, Cox continued in her education capacity, developing Live Arts’ education programs. Most notably, she oversaw the six-year partnership between Live Arts and Bard College. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC. Cox is inspired by the way that her teaching, performing, and creative practices inform one another and provide a richly layered perspective on dance as it functions in contemporary culture.
Photo credit: Grant Halverson.
About This Event
ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705
October 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm