BRING AND/OR BE A BEGINNER CLASS TAUGHT BY Isa Leal STARTS SOON AFTER 6:30PM LASTING ONE HOUR. THE OPEN DANCE JAM CONTINUES TILL 9:00PM
The Bring (or Be) a Beginner Night takes place once every month at the Los Angeles – Santa Monica Contact Improvisation Dance Jam, at which beginners are especially encouraged to attend and we start the evening with a class/warmup suitable for all levels.
holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance From James Madison University. After graduatuion she worked for years in collaboration with Zen Monkey Project and Stephen Nachmanovich, to develop scores for music/movement improvisation in the architecture of a cooperative art gallery of which she was a resident member. She studied Contact Improvisation intensively with Karl Frost, Martin Keogh, Brad Stoller and at Earthdance extensively.Shortly there after she began her teaching and research practice, with her company and studio,This Little Bird. In 2010 she relocated to Baltimore MD, where she has been heavily involved in multiple large scale collaborations with Baltimore Experimental Dance Collective and The Annex Theatre. In 2011, she along with Clare Cote and Effervecent collective, received Best Ambition, in the Baltimore City Paper for, Power Moves Forever Quest, an evening long multimedia dance performance, based on a live video game world.
In November of 2012 she completed a year long series of workshops with Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, were she was selected among 16 others from around the world to study Material for the Spine, The Tuning Score and the combination of the two (the first time they were taught together!) Isa was recently invited to show at Akimbo Dance Festival with her new company Iron Rainbow Dance Theatre as well as Guest Teach Contact Improvisation at Towson University.
She is writing a book about empathy in performance as an innately political tool entitled An Authentic Vehicle : Empathetic Action in Performance and Personal Practice, and is currently on a tour to share and exchange research-in-performance internationally.