Leslie Scott is a Choreographer, International producer, and Entrepreneur Educator for the performing artists. She is the founder and Artistic Director of BODYART (www.bodyartdance.com) a NY & LA based multi-media contemporary dance theatre company. The company has been seen on stages across the globe from Los Angeles to NYC, New Zealand, Malaysia, Dallas, St. Louis and Edinburgh. BODYART is featured regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and recently received acclaim with THREAD @ Summerhall in 2015. For her evening-length work An Hour About An Hour Ms. Scott won praise from The Scotsman at 2006’s Festival. In addition to performing at several New York landmarks such as the Joyce Soho, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Theater for the New City, The Cunningham Studios, 3LD Art & Technology Center, and The Dixon Place the company is thrilled to be establishing a new home base in Los Angeles and looks forward to reaching new audiences.
As an independent choreographer Scott has set work on the students of California Institute of the Arts, Grand Valley State University, CalState Fullerton, DC based CityDance Ensemble’s Studio Company, Tarrant County College, Greenhill School, and was the choreographer-in-residence for Elon University. Scott holds a BFA in Modern Dance with an emphasis in photography from Texas Christian University. In 2012 she was a member of the after school dance program for Columbia University’s The School. Currently Scott enjoys regular teaching and choreographic residencies across the country. Most recently, Scott received her MFA in Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts under the direction of Stephan Koplowitz.
As an arts advocate Scott opened BODYART Studio in April 2010. This 1800 sq/ft arts space based in Long Island City, NY provided reduced fee rehearsal space for NYC artists. For this Scott won praise for her PILLAR program, which placed a premium on the creative process, rather than the product, giving free rehearsal space to local Queens based artists. In 2013, the Decay Project, a dance film residency program that serves as the company's main community engagement program, was launched. The 4th film in this 5 part series was just finished in Kuala Lumpur in 2016 in conjunction with DPAC.
As a photographer, Scott worked for world-renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. She is the photographer in residence for BODYART and also enjoys shooting for Texas Christian University, Elon University, and was a staff intern photographer for the American Dance Festival in 2005. Scott directed the BODYART dance company in an underwater shoot in Turks and Caicos with acclaimed photographer, Chris Crumley as well as an on location shoot at Coe Hall in Long Island. These underwater images were incorporated into the company’s evening length work, Anatomy of Lost set entirely in a pool of water and are also set to be published in an art book.
Scott served as the interim Executive Director for LA Based Invertigo Dance Theatre and currently serves as their Producing Director. She has worked for Jodi Kaplan & Associates as the International Project Manager, overseeing the agency’s touring projects. Prior to that she worked as JK&A’s booking associate for 3 years attending booking conferences and helping with artists touring initiatives. As an International producer Scott was invited to the prestigious International Festivals leadership program in Edinburgh in 2016 and regularly teaches artists entrepreneurship workshops across LA.
Ms Scott is also a certified sommelier and enjoys incorporating all five senses into her choreographic projects.