Leanne Schmidt

Leanne Schmidt, is founding artistic director and choreographer of Leanne Schmidt and Company, whose mission is to present dance that is human, vulnerable and accessible. Her works explore that which is innately human about us all, diving into the depths of vulnerability with a cast of characters that are equal parts glee and tragedy. She develops her work through an arsenal of choreographic methods and improvisational techniques, resulting in pieces that evoke a physical empathy and are strikingly rich in metaphor. Leanne has been presenting work throughout New York City since 2006 at venues including Triskelion Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, chashama, Dixon Place, and Chen Dance Center, among others. She has collaborated with visual artist Kate Fauvell and The New Alt Performance Group in Buffalo, NY.  Leanne has received commissions from Travesty Dance Group/Cleveland, Kent State University, Happendance, American University, Glendale Community College, and Grand Canyon University. While in NYC, Leanne taught classes at Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, and The YMCA. She also developed and presented choreographic/creative writing workshops at the New York Public Library’s Harlem and Aguilar Language Learning Centers, where her Company and adult learners created collaborative written and choreographic works. Leanne holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY College at Brockport and a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She served on the Board of Directors at Triskelion Arts and as the Director of Dance at Camelback High School. Leanne has taught at Glendale Community College, Arizona State University and is currently Artist in Residence at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.

“I make dances because I have something to say about being human and vulnerable. I try to create work that is honest, sometimes humorous and always sensitive to human experiences. It is my hope to make thought- provoking and courageous work that my audience can find relevant, relate to, and translate into an experience that they may recognize as their own.”

Kim Goss

Kimberly Goss is originally from Salem, Oregon, where she began dancing at the age of four.  She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Arizona State University.  She has danced in works by Jennifer Tsukayama, Cliff Keuter, Mark Haim, and Neta Pulvermacher.  Since moving to New York in the summer of 2003, Kim has danced with Jaclyn Moynahan, Josselyn Levinson, FeleciaMariaProject and Leanne Schmidt.  She received her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration and currently teaches at  Chelsea Movements and privately throughout the city. Kim joined Leanne Schmidt and Company in 2006.

 

 

 

Kaley Pruitt

Kaley Pruitt is originally from Ketchum, Idaho.  She is an emerging choreographer as well as a modern dancer, and she holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Her work investigates the human experience with sensitivity and explores the kinetic architecture and intrinsic communication between bodies in space. Her choreography has been presented at Idyllwild Arts Academy, The Boston Conservatory Theater, Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre at Florida State University, Niagara through FSU in NYC, Dance Theater Workshop through Movement Research’s Open Showings, and at Dixon Place Theater in New York City. As a performer, she has worked with Megan Sipe: Dancing Fish Productions, Project Agent Orange/Natalia Duong, Angelo Dance Project, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Moves Project, and CheckIt Dance in New York.  She worked with Roger Belman on the Duke Gardens Project at the American Dance Festival, and she has also danced works by José Limón, Gerri Houlihan, Tim Glenn, Lynda Davis, Nora Daniel- Reynolds, and Anne Krampen.  Kaley is thrilled to be working with Leanne Schmidt & Co. this season!

 

Becky Radway
Becky Radway received her BA from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and has had the pleasure of performing over the years with Kevin Wynn Collection, Heidi Latsky Dance, Ezra Caldwell, Incidents Physical Theater, MariaColacoDance, and Jessi Patz. Her recent evening-length work, A strange set of attachments, premiered at Triskelion Arts in November 2012. Her work has been featured in NYC at Food For Thought at Danspace Project, Fridays at Noon at the 92nd Street Y, the DUMBO and Cool New York Festivals, the Uptown Arts Stroll, Take Root at Green Space, The Kitchen, Henry Street Settlement, the Connelly Theater, the Cunningham Studio, and University Settlement. Other venues include the Jack Guidone Theater in Washington, D.C.; Grace Street Theater in Richmond, VA; Towson University and Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; and the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Radway is currently working with the Teen Dance Ensemble at Evolve Dance in Tarrytown, NY, and has previously set work on DragonFly Dance Experiment (MD), Lock Haven University (PA), Arundel HighSchool (MD), and Oldfields School (MD). Support includes: the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Mellon Foundation space subsidy at Triskelion Arts, and a space grant at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center.
Meredith KoloskiMeredith Pic
Meredith Koloski is a choreographer, yoga teacher, personal trainer and wellness coach from Monmouth County, NJ. She received her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University. She has taught dance and fitness as both a faculty member/guest artist at Arizona State University, College of San  Mateo, CA, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Dancers Workshop (Jackson Hole, WY),  Lander Elementary School, Pinedale Elementary School, and Douglas Anderson School  of Performing Arts, FL., as well as Jacksonville Episcopal School, FL. In 2013 she produced and choreographed a grassroots benefit dance concert titled “Keep Charging”  for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She was featured in May 2010 issue of Dance Teacher magazine for a for a program she co-designed titled “Optimal Fitness” based on incorporating fitness and yoga into the dance class for injury prevention. Her choreography, recognized with grants and various accolades, has been presented by ODC Theater, San Francisco SummerFest, Rayn Dance Theater, Phoenix Arts  Festival, Philadelphia Arts Festival, The Pittsburgh Arts Council, Dance Alloy,  Andy Warhol Museum, Princeton Ballet (New Jersey) Ririe Woodbury (Salt  Lake) as well as numerous other national and worldwide fixtures in the  dance community. Currently she is a proud mother of a 4 year old boy, and is in the beginning stages of her creative process for “Keep Charging II” to continue to use dance as a medium to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Past Performers and Collaborators:


Melissa Knestaut

Melissa Knestaut is originally from New Philadelphia, Ohio where she began dancing as a child. She went on to graduate from Kent State University with a BFA in dance performance and a BS in therapeutic recreation. Currently, Melissa is a recreation therapist at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center where she encourages improved quality of life for people recovering from stroke and brain injury by using recreation as a therapeutic modality. Melissa  has danced with MWest+Company for two years under the direction of Melissa West and has created her own work in collaboration with the National Aphasia Association and the Mount Sinai Stroke Support Group. After dancing with Leanne in guest artist work 2007 and in Triskelion’s Comedy in Dance Festival in 2010 and 2012, Melissa is happy to join the company for a second season.

Jamie GrahamJamie

Jamie Graham, a Nashville native, received her B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in English Literature at Webster University, St. Louis. She completed one year of post-graduate study at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Netherlands. Present projects include The Raving Jaynes/Amy Larimer, Barbara Mahler, Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies, and Naomi Goldberg Haas/ Dances for a Variable Population. Past projects include May Dance/Juliana May and Sleepdance/Stephanie Sleeper (she is jealous of dancers with last names that make for good company names). She’s thrilled to be in a show where Schmidt happens.

Amy LarimerAmy

Amy Larimer is a dance/theater artist whose work blends movement, sound and text and draws heavily on improvisation. Her work has been performed throughout New York and at festivals including: the Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy; Twin Cities Improv Festival in Minneapolis; ADaPT festival in Santa Barbara; Your Move Festival in Jersey City and Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden. She was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance and is currently the Director of the Dance Program at Lehman College as well as the creator and director of The Raving Jaynes: Improvised Dance Theater.