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Leah Glenn

Associate Professor of Dance & Africana Studies

Office: Adair Hall 404
Email: [[lfglen]]
Phone: 757-221-2782
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Areas of Specialization

Choreography, performance, Labanotation reconstructions


Leah Glenn received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Choreographic Theory and Production from Southern Methodist University as well as her Teacher's Certification in Labanotation from Ohio State University.  While at SMU, she received her Pilates training from Colleen Glenn, founder of The PilateSystem and went on to  receive her teaching certification from STOTT Pilates/Balance Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Glenn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Management from Goucher College.  While there, she performed as a soloist for artist-in-residence, Gary Masters, and was a member of the PATH modern dance company. Ms. Glenn has also received extensive training from Jacob's Pillow, the Chautauqua Institute and has worked with the Philadelphia Dance Company where she trained with Milton Meyers and Denise Jefferson. 

Prior to attending graduate school Ms. Glenn was Artistic Director of Cecil Dance Theatre for ten years where she choreographed numerous original modern dance works and reconstructed several ballets including full-length productions of The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia. Ms. Glenn was Assistant Professor and Head of Dance at Hampton University for two years.  While at Hampton, she directed the Terpsichorean Dance Company and established the first African American chapter of the National Dance Association's Nu Delta Alpha Honor Society.  Her choreography has been presented by the College of William and Mary, Hampton University, the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance and Colonial Williamsburg.  Her reconstructions of Pearl Primus’ Bushasche Etude, the Parsons Etude, the Limon Etude, Anna Sokolow's Rooms Etude and Donald McKayle's Rainbow Etude have been presented by William and Mary.  She has also reconstructed the Rainbow Etude at Southern Methodist University, Old Dominion University and Hampton University.  In addition to her original work and historical reconstructions, she also co-choreographed Journey  of Destiny, the retelling of the settlement of Jamestown, which was part of the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Celebration.  Three of her most recent works, Transcending Rhythms, Changing the Change and Before I Go, While I'm Away, When I'm Gone were presented at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 International Association for Blacks in Dance Conferences.  She is currently a member of Gravity Optional Dance Company and an Assistant Professor of Dance at The College of William and Mary.

Courses Taught

Modern, Ballet, Dance History

Student Advising

Orchesis Dance Company, Dance Minors