dance & Digital Media artist
teacher & Guide
works across and in-between digital media, dance, somatics and theater. She produces prints, videos and performances in Santa Cruz, the Chihuahuan desert and Europe.
Touring, ocean and redwoods, collaborating with her musician partner and building off-grid in the the desert have been big influences in her work.
She trained in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1990-2005, performing for Anouk van Djick, Nita Little, Rosy Simas, Regina DeCosse, Tandy Beal, Scott Wells and others and held a dance, somatics and healing practice for 15 years in the Santa Cruz, Ca where she was a lead collaborator with Nita Little in relational intelligence research and improvisation performance. Besides dance, she trained in Action Theater, Chi Kung, Energy Medicine and Process Oriented Psychology in Santa Cruz and Berkeley.
Between 2005 and 2018 she toured in North America and Europe, performing multidisciplinary solo works, choreographing with dancers and collaborating with Paul Sprawl
Her choreography and video works have been experienced in theaters, galleries, festivals, dance studios, living rooms, and as public art in parks and sports facilities. She’s been presented in Dinamiche Scomposte Festival, Italy, Twin Cities Film Festival, Twin Cities/Montreal Choreographer Exchange, PWNW, Portland, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, CAPSULE, KCMO, Rosy Simas Danse/Southern Theater, Minneapolis, UCP, KCMO, and Aria, Barcelona. She is the recipient of a public art commission, MN (2018), a video and performance installation commission by Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City (2018), Project Space Residency, Counterpulse, SF (2017) and grants from PLRAC, MN (2017), KU Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS and Puffin, NJ and Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA .
Leralee Whittle teaches Embodiment Field Somatics and dance. She’s been a guest teacher at Wayne State University, Performance Works NW and FLOCK, Portland, OR, Counterpulse, San Francisco, Sudstern Jam, Berlin, The Cowels Center, Minneapolis and more.