Leralee Whittle

 is a dance and video artist and teacher. 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. She held a dance, somatics and healing practice for 15 years in the Santa Cruz, Ca and was a lead collaborator with Nita Little in relational intelligence research and improvisation performance. Besides dance, she’s trained in Physical Theater, Taoist Chi Kung, Energy Medicine and Process Oriented Psychology

Between 2005 and 2018 she toured in North America and Europe, performing solo works with video, choreographing with dancers and collaborating with her husband, musician Paul Sprawl. They now create out of off-grid residency spaces they’re building in Big Bend, TX.

Her choreography and video art 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 created Embodiment Field Somatics and (un)Threading Dance to teach internationally. Extensive studies with dance luminaries and her own research are foundational in her approaches to teaching. 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.

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