Leslie Merrill is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and video artist. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado in 2007. At CU, she taught modern and jazz technique and directed the Contemporary Danceworks Touring Company. She has also taught at Dynamic Expressions, and Mosaic Movement Arts, and is currently on the faculty of Ascential Dance Theatre Colorado and Studio D, in addition to directing the dance program at Mountain Kids. She has enjoyed performing with Haan Dances, Move On Dance Company, and Louder than Words Dancetheatre, and dancing and choreographing for Interweave Dance Theatre. She is currently dancing professionally with the Cindy Brandle Dance Company and is enjoying her third season with Ascential Dance. In 2000, she co-founded and directed the Kentucky-based company, RADAR: Dance in Reverse, for whom she taught, choreographed, and performed before relocating to Colorado. Leslie co-founded the Boulder-based, Peekaboo Sole Productions (PSP) with Mimi Ferrie and Jessica England in 2009. PSP produces the work of emerging and established choreographers and facilitates collaborative exchange amongst dance artists and their communities. Leslie also works for the Colorado Dance Alliance as a website manager, newsletter editor, and writer. In Colorado, she has presented work as part of the Bliss Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project, the Boulder International Fringe Festival, Femme Fatale Four, the Aspen Dance Connection’s Colorado Choreographer’s Showcase, the Installation Innovation exhibit at the UMC Art Gallery, and with Haan Dances as part of Beyond the Comfort Zone and Blessed and Broken. Leslie’s work has also been shown nationally as part of the American Dance Festival’s Dancing for the Camera Series, the TARLA Dance for Camera Festival, the Holland Project, and the Intangible Bodies Conference. Internationally, her work has been presented in British Columbia as part of the Collision Symposium on Interarts Practices and on tour with the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Mexico and Germany.