|All photos by Catalina Molnari, |
courtesy of HOUSTON PRESS
Leslie has created numerous commissions for CORE, including last season's herd, and recently became a Dynamic X-change teacher, working with students at The Monarch School.
"I feel honored to work with the company... No other company works quite the way CORE does. So fertile and humane. Across disciplines. Across borders."
Leslie's work at The Monarch School teaching movement classes began this past spring:
I said yes to the opportunity to work with a population on the autistic spectrum because I have a deep interest in therapeutic movement and also a keen interest in brains that think and operate differently than my own. I love the work and the students are delightful and challenging. Some of the needs that I feel the movement classes meet for these movers are:
- Somatic awareness
- Kinesthetic awareness
- Sensory integration
- Collaborative skill acquisition
- Social skill acquisition
- Range of motion increases
- Motor skill refinement; gross and fineI am looking forward to continuing my work with the Monarch school students. It is a laboratory for me as an educator and dancer to listen very closely to the emergent needs of a class of individuals, and to provide a conduit for creative expression, social interaction, collaboration and movement pathways. These students are filled with language that inspires me to keep setting and reaching personal goals. And we have fun and sometimes we have intense moments. This is all valuable to me. I am glad to be a part of the students' weekly movement program at Monarch. I am also deeply grateful and my artistic process has been enhanced and shaped by being a part of CORE performance company.
Read Leslie's 100 Creatives interview here,