Catie Leasca

Undergraduate Discipline


BFA, The University of the Arts. A dance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY, and with roots in Massachusetts, Leasca has traveled and danced abroad in Israel, France, Belgium, and Germany. She has worked professionally with Netta Yerushalmy, Helen Simoneau Danse, Jessie Young, Ambika Raina, Janessa Clark, MG+Artists, and others. She has been awarded choreographic residencies at Gibney Dance through Work Up 5.0, New Dance Alliance through LiftOff, and was a 2019 Space Grant Recipient as well as an Upstart artist at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Leasca has shown her work at Movement Research through Judson Church, FAILSPACE at The Woods, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, and WIP IV at STUDIO4, among others. She has also assisted Netta Yerushalmy at Princeton University. Leasca's writing can be found in Dancegeist Magazine. SLC, 2022–

Undergraduate Courses 2022-2023


Dance Movement Fundamentals


Movement and dancing are definitive signs of life! In every environment and at every level of existence, from single-cell organisms to entire populations, dancing is innate to living beings. The objective here is to awaken/reawaken students’ connection to movement as an elemental mode of human experience and learning. Students are introduced to some basic principles of dancing, as well as to strategies for preparing for dancing. Building fundamental skills for a wide range of movement studies, the focus is centered on learning movement and refining individual, partnered, and group performance in a variety of patterns and styles. Basic anatomical information is used to facilitate an understanding of dynamic alignment and movement potentials. Challenges in coordination, rhythm, range, and dynamic quality are systematically engaged, allowing students to gain strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, musicality, and awareness in the dance setting. While the primary emphasis is placed on learning structured material, improvisation and composition are incorporated to support students’ growing engagement with dance as an art form. No prior experience in dance is required.