Performer (St. Paul, Birmingham, Maui, Washington D.C)
A contemporary dancer/mover, performer, maker, improviser and educator; holding an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Co. Parker has a rigorous research and practice in dance fusing forms (including the sacred) derived of the African Diaspora.
She designed “Moving Dialogue for Non-Violence”, a platform to use dance for social change at Broadway Women’s House Shelter in Brooklyn, NY and for families at The Family Place in St. Paul, MN.
As creator of Leslie Parker Dance Projects (a foundation to make and direct dances), a few credits include Southern Theatre, Center for Performance Research, Performance Mix Festival, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Painted Bride Arts Center, Roseville Women’s Correctional facility, MR at Judson Church, “late nite series: non-english speaking spoken here”, Harlem Stage’s Emoves13, and NYLA’s Fresh Tracks Artist-in-Residence 2013-14.
Parker is a 2017 Bessie award winner for Outstanding Performer in Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost andFound,“skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds”.Currently, she is a lecturer at University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance, her recent work can be seen in Summer 2019 for Momentum: New Dance Works.