Leslie Frye Maietta

Dynamic performer, educator, and maker of art, Leslie Frye Maietta holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at The University of the Arts, honored with a Promising Artist Award Scholarship and The Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance Award. Her versatility as an artist has allowed her to work in a variety of genres of dance and theatre and has most recently lead to completion of her MFA in Dance from Hollins University | The American Dance Festival. While in attendance, she was selected to travel to Frankfurt and to Berlin Germany as a part of her graduate research, studying with some of the most progressive artists, scholars and performers in dance.

Her solo research and performance continues to expand recently premiering a dance film, Talking to the Falx at Mobius Experimental Film Festival in Boston, and presenting her thesis work in 2013 at The American Dance Festival in Duke University's Reynolds Industries Theatre. This past year Leslie’s work has been featured in New York City as a part of Jennifer Muller’s HATCH series and The CURRENT SESSIONS at Wild Project Theatre in the East Village. She has installed her recent solo re- | Dream With Me in venues throughout New England and looks forward to it’s continued life this summer and beyond. Outside her own creative endeavors, Leslie has performed the work of Adele Myers, Mary Cochran, Mia Michaels, George Faison, Brian Sanders, Ronen Koresh, Daniel Gwirtzman, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet to name a few. While residing in Connecticut, she was a company member with Full Force Dance Theatre, the resident company of The University of Hartford as well as Scapegoat Garden and The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance collaborating to create performance and curate programming for local dance artists and enthusiasts. Leslie has held faculty positions at The Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts and The University of Hartford, Hartt School Community Division. in Hartford, CT. 

In fall 2014 Leslie joined the faculty in the Dance Department at UMass Amherst, one of five schools representing the highly regarded Five College Dance Department. She is thrilled to share the space with such an incredible faculty, staff and inspired student body.

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Collaborators 

 

Niki Farahani

Niki graduated from The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During her time at the university, she worked with Sidra Bell, Gallim Dance, and Delfos Danza. She has been a part of Pantos Project for the past 3 years performing at various venues in MA, NYC and this past summer at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series. Niki has been working with Leslie Frye Maietta since 2014. She looks forward to more collaborative endeavors with Leslie and Body | House as well as what's ahead in NYC when she moves there this fall. 

 

Emily Relyea-Spivack

 Emily holds a BFA in Dance from The University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Talent Award Scholarship. During her time at UMASS, Emily had the opportunities to perform works by renowned guest choreographers, including Jennifer Hart and John Heginbotham. Emily completed the first two years of her degree at The Hartt School, where she performed additional works by Stephen Pier, Katie Stevenson-Nollet, Gregory Dolbashian, and Loni Landon. Having received the bulk of her early training in classical ballet, Emily used her undergraduate as a time to fully explore and delve into all dance forms such as contemporary and modern, allowing her to expand her movement vocabulary to a wider range. Her senior thesis entitled, “Spillage”, which she presented in April of 2015, was a visual representation of this on-going, exploratory, movement research. In addition to her dance career, Emily is expecting to receive her Pilates Studio Instructor certification by the end of August 2015, and hopes to help people achieve their individual fitness goals through the practice of the rehabilitative-based, Polestar Pilates method. Emily has been working with Leslie for the past year, performing her works, Body | House and Breed. She values the collaborative process that Leslie instills during each rehearsal and finds each choreographic experience incredibly enlightening as an artist. Needless to say, she is thrilled to continue on this collaborative journey of art-making.  

 

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