In 2010 Leila was one of 50 international dance artists chosen to take part in 50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through in Costa Rica with David Zambrano. The artists were specifically chosen because they demonstrate concurrent passions for making, teaching, and performing, three interests that are all active and vital parts of Zambrano’s own artistry. At the end of the 50-day intensive, each student received a letter of certification by Zambrano approving them to further develop Flying Low and Passing Through within their own artistic practice.
Leila is a lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School and has taught workshops throughout the UK at Trinity Laban, The Place, Greenwich Dance, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Verve, Chisenhale Dance Space, CAT at the Place & Laban, Independent Dance; internationally: DOCH, Sweden; BIPOD, Beirut; Visioni di (p)arte Festival, Italy; Plesni Teater Ljubljana; Argentina: LEM, IUNA, National Minustry of Culure (Santa Fe) and Carmargo; USA: Dance New Amsterdam – NY, The Sweat Spot and Jimmie DeFore Dance Foundation – California; Open Look Dance Festival: Saint Petersburg, Russia; Dance, Sea & Sun Festival, Spain.
Flying Low & Passing Through
Flying Low focuses on the dancers relationship with the floor. We will work with efficient pathways to move in and out of the floor with speed without forgetting any part of our body. We will command our body with our voice. We will challenge gravity, learning how to fall, how to rise, and how to command our body as we change qualities. Using all speeds, directions and energy levels, we will go from static to sweaty to surprised, and then back again. We will Fly. Low.
Passing Through an improvisation technique working with Zambrano’s philosophy that movement needs no leader in creation. Specifically working with adaptation, interconnecting with everyone and the room at all times, transforming the environment of the dance. We work to see the room full of pathways – infinite pathways passing through the walls, the floor and the bodies. Thus the passing through is created into a wild spontaneous composition.
Beyond these techniques Leila has taught in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Tokyo, Singapore, USA and Argentina instructing students as young as 4 years old to adults, ranging in ability from beginners to professionals. She has taught in outreach and at-risk programmes, mental health centres, auditions, company class, specialised workshops, corporate events, education projects, dance institutions and for established performance companies. She’s been a dance workshop leader for Eastside Educational Trust and Bigfoot Theatre; led Bungee-assisted Dance workshops and educational projects for Upswing. Leila has taught on the BTEC Dance course at Southwark College and was one of the founding teachers of Frame Studios. Since 2008 she has worked with Kinetika and Kinetika Bloco as a choreographer and workshop leader for young people aged 14-25 and community groups providing workshops in carnival dance.
There are many ways to get involved, check out the Calendar section to see upcoming workshops.
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