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Catie Leasca is a dance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
With roots in Massachusetts, she has traveled and danced abroad in Israel, France, Belgium, and Germany. Catie has worked professionally with Netta Yerushalmy, Helen Simoneau Danse, Jessie Young, Ambika Raina, MG+Artists, She Me Zoo and Bryn Cohn + Artists. Catie has been awarded choreographic residencies at Gibney Dance through Work Up 5.0, New Dance Alliance through LiftOff and was a 2019 Space Grant Recipient, as well as an Upstart artist at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She has shown her work at Movement Research through Judson Church, FAILSPACE at The Woods, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, WIP IV at STUDIO4, CreateART/Dance in Bushwick, and Salt Dance Fest, among others. She has performed at theaters such as Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, The Joyce Theater in NYC, The Montalban in Los Angeles and has participated as a dancer in residencies at The Yard (Martha's Vineyard), MANCC (Florida State University), LMCC (Governor's Island and Maiden Lane), New York City Center, NYU Center for Ballet, and Gallim Dance. Catie has taught in NYC at Gibney Dance, Bridge for Dance, Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey SPECTRUM, Dance Device Lab, Boston Contemporary Dance Project, FAILSPACE, PMT House of Dance, Z Artist Group, Koin+Co, as well as MG+Artists.
She has assisted and co-taught for choreographer Netta Yerushalmy at Princeton University. Most recently, Catie received the Masterworks Foundation Choreography Award and was a dancer in Janessa Clark's newest work, COMMUNION, a 2021 Bessie nominated work, which has been shown at American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Here Arts Center, as well as in Stockholm and Berlin. Catie's writing can be found in Dancegeist Magazine.
Catie graduated with her B.F.A. in Dance from The University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She received the Dean’s Award for Excellence and the School of Dance Sustainability award upon graduation. Catie studied intensely under Katie Swords and Jesse Zaritt, among many other incredible mentors.
Catie currently teaches a weekly open class in NYC at Peridance Center and is on guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and the Joffrey Ballet School.
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