An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until Sat, June 29, 2019
Mira Cook is from Austin Texas where she studied ballet from age 6 with Arletta Howard-Logan and Terri Lynn Wright and later as a trainee on scholarship with Ballet Austin performing in the corps de ballet. Mira went on to become a member of City Ballet of San Diego, Liss Fain Dance SF, and is a current artist with Battery Dance and Indelible Dance. She has performed and taught dance workshops in more than 40 countries with Battery Dance including at Georgian National Ballet (Tblisi), University of Trinidad and Tobago, Poznan Ballet (Poland), Xinghai Conservatory (China) & Mophato Dance Theater (Botswana) and is featured in the dance documentary “Moving Stories” which premiered at MoMA in 2018.
Mira’s choreography has been performed by Austin Dance Ensemble, City Ballet of San Diego, SUSHI performance and visual art (San Diego), Indelible Dance, and Battery Dance.
Currently, Mira teaches ballet at Studio Maya and is a frequent substitute teacher at Peridance. She is the founder of NYC Community Ballet. Her class focuses on correct alignment, musicality and ease of movement, pairing rigorous combinations with generous use of breathe.
Leigh Schanfein is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher as well as an independent researcher in the fields of kinesiology and biomechanics.
Leigh is a regular guest instructor and choreographer for dance schools in Indiana, Montana, California, Idaho, and New York. She has trained and performed across the USA and abroad in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance, and currently performs professionally as a freelance artist in NYC. She has performed with companies such as City Ballet of San Diego, Collective Body|Dancelab, Indelible Dance, Christopher Caines Dance Company, Yoo and Dancers, and the Park Avenue Armory, and has guested with Benjamin Briones Ballet, New American Youth Ballet, Lafayette Ballet, and
CONNetic Dance. She has performed in commercial productions including on stage with comedian Hannibal Buress as part of the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Davines NYC hair show, and during Fashion Week NYC for designer Cristina Ruales. Leigh is a former Director of Dance for Periapsis Music and Dance,where her choreography was described as “gorgeous and lush.” She is also a contributing journalist for Dance Informa Magazine.
Leigh received her M.S. degree in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics from Purdue University, and her B.S. degree in animal physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance from the University of California San Diego. As a graduate student, she received multiple awards for her research with dancers including two awards through the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Her research has focused on the mechanisms by which humans control balance and how sensory feedback is integrated for the control of posture. From 2012-2018, Leigh worked as a research associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, part of NYU Langone Health. Her research there covered a wide range of topics concerning injury prevention among dancers. Leigh has taught courses in health, motor development, biomechanics lab, and stress at Purdue University, and anatomy at Peridance Capezio Center. In 2015, she joined the faculty at Barnard University as adjunct lecturer of biomechanics in the department of dance.
Leigh’s class focuses on developing solid and functional ballet technique, playing with musicality, and exploring creativity within ballet movement.
Bethany Mitchell was raised in Mission Viejo, California, where she studied dance from the age of four at the Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Alan McCarter. She danced for several companies in California including Liss Fain Dance, City Ballet of San Diego, State Street Ballet, and Ballet Pacifica before moving to New York in 2012. Bethany currently dances, teaches, and choreographs internationally with Battery Dance, as well as performs locally with Indelible Dance and General Mischief Dance Theatre.
Bethany has been teaching Community Ballet classes since it began in 2015. Her high-energy ballet class focuses on musicality, proper technique, and artistic expression.