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Leigh Gaymon-Jones

 

lgaymon.jones@gmail.com

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Path Mapping                                                                                                                                                                         2014-present

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Designs by Leigh                                                                                                                                                                     2013-present

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Yoga Instruction, San Francisco, CA                                                                                                                         

2015-2016

Learn more about my yoga offerings HERE.

 

Urban Roots, Austin TX                                                                                                                                                          2010- 2013

Urban Roots is a youth development organization that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in the Austin area.

  • Director of Operations

 

Forklift Danceworks, Austin, TX                                                                                                                                       2010- 2013

Forklift Danceworks engages a diverse body of participants and audiences through its performances, outreach programs, classes, and workshops, as a means of empowering all people to be actively engaged in the creative process.

  • Leaps and Bounds Creative Movement Instructor at Mainspring Pre-School

 

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School , Atlanta, GA                                                                                         2005-2007

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School uses a constructivist model of education, emphasizing that people, including youth, will create meaning of the world around them through their own investigations of that world. With this model students are prepared to be effective citizens in a diverse global society.

  • Long-term Substitute Teacher                                                                                                                                                                

  • Co-director of After School Program                                                                                                                                              

  • After School Child Care Supervisor                                                                                                                                                

  • Instructional Aide                                                                                                                                                                   

 

EDUCATION

California Institute of integral Studies                                                                                                                  2015-2017

San Francisco, CA

  • MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts

Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems,

University of California Santa Cruz

2016

Santa Cruz, CA

  • Certificate in Ecological Horticulture

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance                                                                                                   2013-2014

London, UK

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance

  • Awarded Distinction in coursework

Dharma Yoga Teacher Training                                                                                                                                                2010
Austin, TX

  • 200 Hour Certification

Permaculture Design Course                                                                                                                                                   2009
Austin, TX

  • Certificate of Completion

Austin Community College                                                                                                                                               2007- 2009

Austin, TX

Major: Dance (non-degree seeking)

Center for Cross Cultural Studies, Willamette University & Universidad de la Habana                      2004 

Havana, Cuba

  • Certificate of Completion      

Temple University                                                                                                                                                                  2001- 2005

Philadelphia, PA

  • Majors: African American Studies and Psychology

  • Certification of Specialization in Spanish                                                                          

 

DANCE TRAINING & PERFORMANCE WORK

 

Silvestre Technique Training, Salvdor, Brazil                                                                                                                 2014 A two-week dance intensive focusing on Silvestre Technique

  • Participant

-  Studied Afro-Brazilian Orixás movement and music and Capoeira movement

 

And What If I Ran?, Bonnie Bird Theatre, London, UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2014

  • Choreographer

  • Performers: Sophia Douglas, Amelia Mauderli and Etsuko Tanaka

- And What if I Ran? is a trio that was originally devised and submitted as a final choreographic assessment, and was later selected to be remounted on the Bonnie Bird Theatre. The creative process began as an exploration of ‘relocation,’ which grew into an exploration of running, repetition, the mundaneness of cycles, the desire to break from routine and the relationships formed in the process.

 

My Threshold, Your Space , Bonnie Bird Theatre, London, UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2014

  • Dancer

- My Threshold, Your Space was created as a part of the Devising and Performance component of my postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

- Choreography by Melanie Clarke

 

Lost Impression, Lewisham College, London, UK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2014

  • Co-Choreographer

- Lost Impression was created as a collaboration between Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Lewisham College’s Department of Dance. I assisted choreographer Agnese Lanza in developing the piece with 3rd year students in Lewisham’s dance training program, which they later performed at their end-of-year showcase.

 

Dos Aguas, Havana, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba                                                                                       2013

A fifteen-day dance intensive focusing on Afro-Cuban dance, song and culture.

  • Institute Participant

-Studied Afro-Cuban folkloric song and dance – Orisha, Arará, Congo.

-Studied Cuban social dances – Rumba and Salsa

 

Bird Dance; Gold Show/Rose Show, The Off Center Austin, TX                                                                                    2013

  • Dancer

-Bird Dance was first performed as a solo in 1982. Thirty years later, choreographer and dancer, Heloise Gold, reset the piece as a duet and invited me to participate

-Choreography by Heloise Gold.

 

Afrique Gnizee, Austin, TX                                                                                                                                                              2012

Contemporary West African Dance Company focused on Cote d’Ivoire movments

Jean Claude Lessou, Founder and Artistic Director

  • Company member

-Training in Cote d’Ivoire movements, with emphasis on Sofa and Macru

-Creating ensemble and solo performance, both choreographed and improvisational

 

Body Shift: Sensation and Design Mixed-Abilities Dance Intensive,  Austin, TX                                                                                                                                  2012

A mixed-abilities intensive emphasizing Contact Improvisation and an exploration of the sensory body.

  • Intensive Participant

- Participated in Contact Improvisation, and an investigation of other aspects of moving --including space, composition, stillness, sensing and relationship to others and environment.

 

Forklift Dancewokrs, Austin, TX                                                                                                                                     2009-2013

A Community-Centered Dance company that imagines dance in Non-Traditional Spaces and with non-traditional performers, creating original performances inspired by the movement of everyday life.

Allison Orr, Founder and Artistic Director

  • Assistant Choreographer, Invasion of the New Grrl Order, 2012

-Choreographed the work of 100 adolescent girls in an outdoor performance that paid homage to the Riot Grrl movement; accompanied by female punk rock band The Coathangers (Atlanta); the movement idioms drew on everyday gestures, gymnastics and popular dance movements; opening event for the 2012 Fusebox International Festival

  • Stage Manager, Trash Project, 2009, 2011

 

Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, New Orleans, LA                                                                   2009

A ten-day dance and social justice intensive focusing on sustainable food sources, community nutrition and health

  • Institute Participant

-Studied group facilitation, community-centered choreographic composition, and Afro-Contemporary, Second Line, and West African dance techniques

  • Community Performer

-Performed at Tulane University in the Summer Leadership Institute culminating performance.

 

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Summer Intensive, Washington, D.C.                                                                         2009

Generating and Crafting Summer Intensive

A one-week dance intensive focusing on creating a site=specific dance piece using the Liz Lerman model.  

  • Intensive Participant

  • Studied Liz Lerman’s unique techniques for generating movement.

  • Worked with guest choreographer Lauren Simpson.

The Tour Starts Here                                                                                                                                                                                2009

  • Dancer

  • This performance was created as a part of the Dance Exchanges’ Generating and Crafting Intensive. It was a site-specific piece performed at the Corcoran Museum as a part of the Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C.

 

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange Summer Intensive, Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                                                                             2009

All Abilities Summer Intensive                                                                                                     

A one-week dance intensive focusing on developing movement vocabulary with non-traditional dancers.

  • Studied movement techniques and movement vocabulary with dancers of varied mobility

  • Taught creative movement to seniors in retirement communities

 

Urban Bush Women Dialogue and Community Engagement  Workshop,  Brooklyn, NY                            2008

A three-day workshop examining the potential outcomes of dialogue and functions of dialogue facilitators.

  • Workshop Participant

-Studied theory and techniques of dialogue facilitation, led by Urban Bush Women dance company members and facilitation expert, Tammy Bormann.

 

Urban Bush Women Summer Institute, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                     2008

A ten-day dance and social justice intensive focusing on the role of democracy

  • Institute Participant

-Studied the electoral process, U.S. governance, community facilitation and community centered composition

-Trained in Hip Hop, Second Line, Contemporary and West African dance techniques

  • Community Performer

-Performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music in the Summer Leadership Institute culminating performance.

 

Light, Austin, TX                                                                                                                                                                                    2008

First Night Austin, Annual Festival featuring dance performances

  • Dancer

Light is a contemporary site-specific piece choreographed by Ellen Bartel, Artistic Director of Spank Dance Company 

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