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Leila (PGDip Dance Studies, PBT Certified, Pilates Training) is a passionate dancer, dance educator and dance researcher.

In her teaching practice, Leila believes in inclusive dance. She has strong pedagogy and experience teaching children and adults. She is available for bookings as a workshop facilitator, regular dance teacher and dance researcher. Her pedagogy focuses strongly upon student-centered learning.
In 2018, Leila presented her research on 'Transformative Dance Pedagogy in the Primary Setting' before international researchers and delegates at Panpapanpalya International Joint Dance Congress (Dance and the Child International and World Dance Alliance). She has wide experience in dance education and community dance and has danced professionally with Movement of The Human (Wellington, NZ) and trained with Yellowwheel Dance Company and Chunky Move (Melbourne, Australia).

Leila published regular critical pieces and features on dance and the arts for The Age, The Saturday Paper, ArtsHub, Stuff NZ and more.

Performance and choreography is an important part of her practice alongside her teaching. She has performed commissions for Melbourne Fringe, Montsalvat gallery, Human Rights Film Festival and the New Zealand International Arts Festival. Leila runs a diverse women's art collective called Dances & Dreams. Their upcoming performances and exhibitions will be updated here.

My latest projects

Interview for SBS 

'It is never too late to start dancing ballet' 


About Leila Lois

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Leila would like to acknowledge and honour the peoples upon whose land she dances and pay respect to elders- past, present and future.

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