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Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Educator Leah Stein is a widely respected and a powerful presence in the Philadelphia dance community. Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology, she formed her own dance company (edit out: at Philadelphia’s Performance Garage) and through 11 years of operation, has compiled dozens of commissions, grants, awards and residencies for her original dance choreography.
Stein’s research portfolio is just as extensive as her academic background. She recently received a Pew Center for Arts and Heritage grant for a yearlong movement and voice research project with composer Pauline Oliveros. In 2010, Stein was selected for the Independence Foundation Fellowship to pursue research on voice, as well as participate in an inter-cultural laboratory workshop with Khmer Arts Academy Director Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and researcher and archivist Toni Shapiro-Phim. In 2013, Stein was invited to re-stage battle hymns, with music by David Lang, at San Francisco’s Kezar Pavilion, which included 180 singers from Volti, San Francisco Choral Society and Piedmont Children’s Choir. She has also been featured in several published works, including dance notes for Josey Foo’s collection of poems A Lily Lilies (2011), choreography notes for Site Dance: Choreographers and the lure of Alternative Spaces (2009) and Dancing in Place (2004).