Three years ago I presented and curated my very first show, “A Modern Tribute”. There were a lot of challenges but I worked hard and ended up with an incredibly talented group of artists – and they helped create two sold out shows! Luckily I’ve been able to work with several of them again, and one of those wonderful connections happened with Leah. We also bonded because we both have roots in and love Harlem; and each of our companies are doing work to promote underserved and/or emerging artists through dance. Plus, she’s dedicated and passionate about community work, and a rockstar for dance advocacy and female empowerment. So…she’s pretty awesome. I’m a huge supporter of her company’s mission and just her in general. Right now her company is currently producing a show to celebrate female choreographers of color. If you’re interested in submitting work or supporting the show, check it out here. And on top of that, Leah and I are presenting work together in August – so stayed tuned for more info! For now though, let’s see what moves Leah…
Dancer, Arts Educator, Choreographer, Artistic Director
What Moves You?
The mission of my dance company, ModArts Dance Collective (MADC), moves me! MADC provides a platform for female choreographers of color to hone and celebrate their artistic voices in an open, engaging environment surrounded by like-minded people, as well as build a safe, sustainable community of artists from different genres to challenge, motivate, and inspire each other. I hope to be a vehicle of positive change while serving the community of Harlem and other under exposed cities…”Be the change that you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Leah Tubbs, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, studied dance at Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She has been blessed to dance with Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company (DCdC2), Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT), Lula Washington Dance Theater, Project 21 Dance, L.A. Choreographers and Dancers, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Jazz Ballet Company, Ballet Afrique, The Zifadanz Group, and Jazz Ain’t Dead. ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) was established in 2011 by Leah Tubbs to celebrate female choreographers of color while building a safe, sustainable community of artists in Harlem, as well as other underexposed cities.