Leah Smit | LEMI: Choreographer
What Moves You?
“The sight of people zig-zagging past, the smells of the streets, the sounds of the trains, the taste of warm coffee going down into my chest, the feeling of slipping sliding rolling and gliding across a cool wood floor as it creaks under my body. The city is breathing. It keeps me alive. It moves me through a curious life.”
Leah Smit is the Artistic Director of LEMI, an interdisciplinary collaborative of New York City artists. She founded LEMI in 2016 after moving to New York from Austin, Texas.
Leah holds a BFA in Dance from Texas State University with a Minor in Art and Design. She studied in New York with Paul Taylor Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre during her undergraduate summers. Leah had the opportunity to perform at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Crank Collective’s Cabeza de Vaca and Dancestry’s reconstruction of Loie Fuller’s La Mer. Before leaving her Austin dance home, Leah workshopped with Arcos Dance, Cheryl Chaddick Dance Theatre, and AM Arts.
Leah has made a home in the New York dance community as an emerging choreographer. She presents her work through LEMI dancers, a branch of the collaborative which commissions freelance dance artists. Leah has had the pleasure of working with many local venues and festivals that have contributed greatly to her establishment as a movement artist including: Actors Fund Arts Center, Queensboro Dance Festival at The Secret Theatre, Arts on Site, The Tank NYC, Triskelion Arts, POP at Gibney Dance, Green Space, WAXworks, and Northside Festival.
Leah currently teaches children’s ballet and creative movement at Long Island City School of Ballet, Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, and Ballet Academy East.
Leah is thrilled to announce LEMI’s upcoming season: 100 DAYS on April 29 at Arts on Site and Perfectly Human on July 1 at Arts on Site.
For more, www.leminyc.wix.com/leminyc.
Photo Credits: Luca Esposito and Reiko Yanagi