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Improvisational Creative Movement Workshop

“I wonder how many people, whatever their medium, appreciate the gift of improvisation.
It’s your one opportunity in life to be completely free.”
— Twyla Tharp


How we move through the world is an expression of who we are as individuals. The way we use our bodies in everyday life and relate to others physically communicates an enormous amount. In this innovative workshop series, renowned dancer, choreographer and teaching artist Leslie Scates will facilitate a range of improvisational, non-contact movement exercises designed to promote personal expression and collaboration. These engaging exercises can help you nurture your creativity, recognize and foster your strengths as an individual and enhance your ability to communicate in groups (such as teams, families and coworkers). This workshop series is suitable for most fitness levels. No dance or athletic experience is necessary to experience the freedom and joy of improvisational creative movement. Enroll individually or register with a friend.

Watch a video of Leslie Scates' teaching approach.
Video courtesy of CreativeMornings Houston, with videography by Jonathan & Ian Leonard.

Co-Sponsors: Dance Source Houston; DiverseWorks

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Course Details:

Section Dates: Four Thursdays, February 25-March 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $160 For Rice alumni: $144
CEUs: 0.6 Limited enrollment


Leslie Scates is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston. She is a frequent teaching artist with museums, universities and professional performance companies including Core Performance Company, Recked Productions and Lower Left Dance Collective. Ms. Scates brings the artistic and social aspects of group dance making together through her teaching, research and practice of Ensemble Thinking, an improvisational dance practice that helps individuals collaborate creatively and read social environments skillfully. She was named one of Houston Press’ “100 Top Creatives” in 2014.