• Name: Ms. Schmidt
    Subjects / Classes Taught: Beginning Dance, Intermediate/Advanced Dance, Dance Company
    Degree(s): MFA Dance, BFA Dance   
    Phone: 602-764-7181

    The Camelback High School Dance Program provides students in grades 9-12 with theopportunity to participate and explore the genres of Modern, Ballet and Jazz Dance as well as Choreography, Improvisation and Production. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced level classes are offered year round in addition tothe Camelback High School Dance Company, a pre-professional company thatrequires an audition. The Dance Program at CBHS aims to produce well-roundedartists and critical thinkers who value the unlimited possibilities forexpression and individual potential. After school, the Camelback High School Dance Club provides classes invarious genres ranging from Hip-Hop to Flamenco, "Open Rehearsals,” and anopportunity to show dance work for peer feedback every month. The CBHS DanceProgram strives to make dance accessible, collaborative, informative, and fungiving each student the tools to be successful in college, career and life.

    Leanne Schmidt, Director of Dance at Camelback High School, is also founding artistic director and choreographer of Leanne Schmidt and Company, whose mission is to recruit new dance audience by presenting dance that is human, vulnerable and accessible. Her works explore that which is innately human about us all, diving into the depths of vulnerability with a cast of characters that are equal parts glee and tragedy. She develops her work through an arsenal of choreographic methods and improvisational techniques, resulting in pieces that evoke a physical empathy and are strikingly rich in metaphor. Leanne has been presenting work throughout New York City since 2006 at venues including Triskelion Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, chashama, Dixon Place, and Chen Dance Center, among others. She has collaborated with visual artist Kate Fauvell on the live visual performance installation, 8PM, and with The New Alt Performance Group in Buffalo, NY on MUSE. In addition to New York City and Buffalo, her choreography has been produced in Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and on Martha’s Vineyard. Leanne has received commissions from Grand Canyon University (AZ), Glendale Community College (AZ), Kent State University (OH), Happendance professional company (MI), American University (D.C.) and has been a guest teacher at University of Colorado, Boulder, University at Buffalo and SUNY College at Brockport. Leanne has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, The YMCA and at other venues throughout NYC. In addition to providing workshops to the professional dance community, she has also developed and presented choreographic/creative writing workshops at the New York Public Library’s Harlem and Aguilar Language Learning Centers, where her Company and adult learners created collaborative written and choreographic works. Leanne holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY College at Brockport and a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She has served on Faculty at Grand Canyon University and Glendale Community College. She is happy to be the dance director at Camelback High School. www.leanneschmidt.com
    Ms. Schmidt

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    • Office Hours: M-F 7:30-3:30
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