Leah Nelson has been dabbling in and investigating Contact Improvisation since stumbling upon it at Barnard College in 2000. She loves the meditative, fully present moment that Contact allows, and she continues to challenge herself (and her unsuspecting partners) to uncover something new in how she and they move. From 2008-2010 she held a Contact Jam called "Buttah & Jam" in her Brooklyn loft space . She now calls Salt Lake home and co-facilitates the Salt Lake Improv Jam there. For the past 3 years she's enjoyed teaching Contact to high schoolers and adults (dancers and non-dancers alike).
Currently, she's dancing with "Movement Forum", an improvisational performance collective, and creating work with dance partner Cortney McGuire for their company, "fivefour". They've been collaborating together for 7 years, have performed at venues throughout NYC, Boulder, Salt Lake, & Pennsylvania, and have a 2012 split residency at Sugar Space in Salt Lake (you can also find them on youtube!). Leah's learned a lot from dancing with David Hurwith, Deganit Shemy & Co, and Nora Stephens, and can be found next at the Moab Workshop/Jam this May.