masterclass with LESLIE SCOTT

Old school technique class with new school questions.

This is a warm-up/tune-up for being a contemporary dance artist in a world where that can mean a million different things. Real techniques, invented techniques, practicing presence, practicing hope, "releasing", sweating, thinking, feeling, moving for no reason and finding out how. This workshop offers the time and space to get out of your head and back into your body in a considered and thoughtful manner.

Classes begin with intention and awareness through some Bartenieff work. Then standing things. Then a phrase. You know how this goes. Exercises can be boring so let's make them important. Phrases can be patriarchal so let’s make them fun. Any way you look at it: smart movers make good art.

With modern dance techniques blended with current trends and free form movement , this workshop will be sure to refresh and energise you for the festival day ahead. 


Leslie Scott is an International producer and Entrepreneur Educator for performing artists. She is the founder and AD of BODYART ( a NY & LA based multi-media contemporary dance theatre Company. As an International producer, Scott has organized festivals in NYC, Beijing, and Edinburgh, and locally works as the Producing Director for Invertigo Dance Theatre. Ms Scott regularly travels across the country to work with artists on branding, marketing and producing goals.

Scott holds a BFA in Modern Dance with an emphasis in photography from Texas Christian University and an MFA from CalArts in choreography. Her work has been performed in notable venues from LA, NYC, Dallas, Edinburgh and New Zealand. 

From 2010-2014 Scott ran BODYART Studio which provided free rehearsal space to local artists. This 1800 sq/ft arts space based in Long Island City, won praise from the Queens Arts Council for the PILLAR program. In 2013, The Decay Project was created as a dance film residency program that partners with different local communities across the globe.

BODYART has just finished their third residency in Christchurch New Zealand and is looking forward to their upcoming project in Malaysia and Indonesia in 2016.

As a photographer, Scott worked for world-renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and later became the Art Director for BODYART's collaborations with underwater photographer, Chris Crumley. 

Ms Scott is also certified sommelier and enjoys incorporating all five senses into her choreographic projects.



21 February | 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Duration: Approx. 120 minutes


JWCOCA The Shopfront


$25 (+GST)

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