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MARIN LEGGAT ROPER

Marin is a dance artist and movement educator.  Prior to receiving an MFA from the University of Utah in 2003, she completed a BA in Dance Education and Sociology from Brigham Young University.  She holds certification in Laban Movement Analysis (CLMA) through Integrated Movement Studies.  Teaching and research interests include contemporary dance technique, composition, improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, movement for actors, musical theater choreographic styles, dance history, and dance and identity.  She has performed in dance works by Steve Koester, Trisha Brown, Eric Handman, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Pamela Geber Handman, Abby Fiat, Dionne Noble, Doug Elkins and others.

In New York City, Ms. Leggat founded and directed M.E.L.D. Danceworks, committed to “dissolving cultural barriers through the art of dance.”  The U.S. State Department named her a Cultural Envoy to India.  She has taught master classes and choreographed for many universities around the U.S; in NYC, her choreography has been performed at the Cunningham Studio Theater, 14th Street Y, FAR Space, DUMBO Dance Festival, WaxWorks, Cool NY Dance Festival, Looking Glass Theater and at Works-in-Progress showings at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and City Center. 

Marin has held academic positions at George Washington University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Brigham Young University, and Bingham High School (Utah).  From 2003-2004, she taught at Asian International School in Colombo, Sri Lanka, returning to the island in 2005 to teach dance in coastal villages affected by the devastating Boxer Day tsumani.  International workshops, presentations, and residencies include the Kali-Kalisu Arts Education Conference (Bangalore), World Dance Alliance/Dance and the Child International (Taipei), and the Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh).   Her writing about dance and empathy is included in Dance Education Around the World: Perspectives on dance, young people and change (Routlege, 2015).

Ms. Leggat currently serves on the board of directors of SALT Contemporary Dance Company in Salt Lake City, and is the founder of Moving Out Loud, a curriculum teaching bold living and bold leading to adolescent girls through principles of somatics, kinesiology and creative movement.

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