Leslie Frye Maietta
Visiting Lecturer in Dance
Jazz Technique, Contemporary Dance Technique, Composition,
Dynamic performer, educator, and maker of art, Leslie Frye Maietta holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at The University of the Arts, honored with a Promising Artist Award Scholarship and The Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance Award. Her versatility as an artist has allowed her to work in a variety of genres of dance and theatre and has most recently lead to completion of her MFA in Dance from Hollins University | The American Dance Festival. While in attendance, she was selected to travel to Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany as a part of her graduate research, studying with some of the most progressive artists, scholars and performers in dance, namely- Christopher Roman, Sasha Waltz, Matteo Fargion, Xavier LeRoy and Adrien Heathfield.
Her solo research and performance continues to expand, recently premiering a dance film,Talking to the Falx at Mobius Experimental Film Festival in Boston, and presenting her thesis work in 2013 at The American Dance Festival in Duke University's Reynolds Industries Theatre. This past year Leslie’s work has been featured in New York City as a part of Jennifer Muller’s HATCH series and The CURRENT SESSIONS at Wild Project Theatre in the East Village. She has installed her recent solo re- | Dream With Me in venues throughout New England and looks forward to its continued life this summer and beyond. Outside her own creative endeavors, Leslie has performed the work of Paul Matteson, Adele Myers, Mary Cochran, Mia Michaels, George Faison, Brian Sanders, Ronen Koresh, Daniel Gwirtzman, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet to name a few. While residing in Connecticut, she was a company member with Full Force Dance Theatre, the resident company of The University of Hartford as well as Scapegoat Garden and The Garden Center for Contemporary Dance, collaborating to create performance and curate programming for local dance artists and enthusiasts. Leslie has held faculty positions at The Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts and The University of Hartford, Hartt School Community Division in Hartford, CT.
In fall 2014, Leslie joined the faculty in the Dance Department at UMass Amherst, one of five schools representing the highly regarded Five College Dance Department. She is thrilled to share the space with such an incredible faculty, staff and inspired student body.