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Leslie Schickel, Founding Dancer


Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang

Leslie Schickel is a dancer, choreographer, Hatha Yoga teacher in the Svaroopa┬« Style, and a Master Trainer of Gyrotonic®. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Leslie moved at fifteen to train at the Boston Ballet School as a scholarship student. She danced in the Boston Ballet Company, Charleston Ballet Theater, Ballet Eddie Toussaunt in Canada, Yale Dancers while studying English Literature at Yale University, before moving to San Francisco in 1996, when she began working with Yannis Adoniou and Tomi Paasonen. In 1998, Leslie became a founding member of Kunst-stoff and danced with the company for a decade until 2008. Leslie is also the creator and producer of the annual Camp KUNST-STOFF (1999-07), where she presented her own choreography on the banks of the Eel River. Leslie's other movement influences include studying Butoh with Ledoh and performing with his company, Salt Farm, studying improvisation with Amy Raymond of the Forsythe company and performing in her choreography, as well as studying with many of the great teachers of SF; ballet with Summer Lee Rhatigan, Feldenkrais through dance, with Augusta Moore, and release technique with Sarah Mann and Kathleen Hermesdorf.

Since moving to the Bay in 1996 to dance, Leslie has also consistently studied Yoga and Meditation, which has had a profound effect on her desire to move and be moved today. After studying many styles of yoga, she discovered Svaroopa Yoga in 2001 and connected deeply with this form. She began teaching Hatha Yoga in the Svaroopa® Style in 2007. Leslie brings a life time of body/mind/soul dancing exploration to her Yoga classes which she will be sharing at KUNST-STOFF Arts. She currently teaches Yoga at Twin Space Continuum and Alonzo King's Lines Ballet School.

She is also fostering a community based/production/dance company, with musician/artist/chef, David Petrelli; Loveworks, Inc. Thus far we have created, "Wind" a dance piece dedicated to Hurricane Katrina, "Chew" a vegetarian cafe at the Lines Ballet School, "Miracle", a site-specific dance piece on and at the Lines Ballet School Pre-Professional Program, and most recently, "Adaptogen" an ongoing monthly Healing Arts Salon at Twin Space, and we are presently working in collaboration with Djenane Saint Juste's Haitian Dance Company, Afoutayi, to raise money and awareness for Haitian Relief.