"Leah put me at ease while building confidence in my own abilities. She's a beautiful dancer and a compassionate teacher."
— Gayle Podrabsky, private lesson student (Seattle)
LEAH VENDL & TITO CHAVEZ-NGUYEN IN A FILM BY TAYLOR FELDMAN | CHICAGO, APRIL 2018 — 'IT AIN'T EASY' BY MUDDY MAGNOLIAS
"Leah brings a brilliant balance of instruction, vulnerability, and practice to her teaching. She draws on her lived experience to enhance the lesson and move us towards more authentic and embodied interactions.
The most meaningful piece that Leah regularly tends to is caring for and advocating for ourselves while dancing. I feel at home when learning from her."
— EMily Warren, educator & facilitator for over 20 years (seattle)
Leah is an improviser and dance adventurer who has been dancing since she had someone to dance with. She fell in love with partner dancing over over a decade ago dancing to salsa, tango, swing, and blues music. Her movement story is enriched early on by gymnastics and acrobatics, later on by contemporary dance and solo improvisation practices, and most recently by street and club styles, especially waacking. She works, plays, and dreams with her dance family to develop a role-fluid, consent-focused, social justice-informed dance practice.
Leah believes social dance can fundamentally change our relationship to touch, to music, and to each other. As an instructor, whether in one-on-on or group settings, she specializes in classes that are all-levels and exploratory, drawing out each dancer’s unique connection to their body and to the music.