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Leslie L Parker

500 21st Ave S 111 Barker Center

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A contemporary dancer/mover, performer, maker, improviser and educator; holding an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Co. Parker has a rigorous research and practice in dance fusing forms that include the sacred derived of the African Diaspora. She designed “Moving Dialogue for Non-Violence”, a platform to use dance for social change at Broadway Women’s House Shelter in Brooklyn, NY and for families at The Family Place in St. Paul, MN. She apprenticed with Urban Bush Women and performed works by Ron Brown artistic director for Evidence, Nia Love’s: Blacksmiths Daughter Music and Dance, Professor Nii Yaartey of Ghana University, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Baba Chuck Davis, Chris Walker, and Marlies Yearby. She has collaborated with Laurie Carlos, Nioka Workman, Rosy Simas Danse’s Weave and as a member of the Bessie award-winning collective, Skeleton Architecture. As creator of Leslie Parker Dance Projects (a foundation to make and direct dances), a few credits include Southern Theatre, Center for Performance Research, Performance Mix Festival, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Painted Bride Arts Center, Roseville Women’s Correctional facility, MR at Judson Church, “late nite series: non-English speaking spoken here” at Pillsbury House Theatre, Harlem Stage’s Emoves13, and New York Live Art’s Fresh Tracks Artist-in-Residence 2013-14. Currently, she is a lecturer in dance at University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance. Leslie Parker Dance Projects will be presented in Fall 2018 for Choreographer’s Evening at Walker Art Center and Summer 2019 for Momentum: New Dance Works at St. Catherine’s University.

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