Leda Meredith's dance career spans classical ballet, modern dance and theater. She was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre II, Edward Villella, Manhattan Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Ballet du Nord and others. She toured as Louise in San Francisco Opera Ballet's Carousel, and appeared as Columbine for the Walter Verdehr Trio's PBS presentation of Pierrot. Leda is currently Rehearsal Director of Dances Patrelle, and originated numerous roles for that company including her critically acclaimed Lady Macbeth in Francis Patrelle's Macbeth. She was a company member of Jennifer Muller/The Works for over eight years and returned as Artistic Associate Director for The Works 25th anniversary season. She is an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University teaching ballet, modern dance, choreography, and writing for dance, and the recipient of Adelphi's 2007-2008 Teaching Excellence Award. She holds an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts from La Universidad Leonardo Da Vinci in San Salvador. Her book Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes was featured on The Martha Stewart Show. Her next book, The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget, was published by Globe Pequot Press in 2010, and was recently listed among the 20 Best food books of 2010.
Recent choreography projects include Perpetually Yours, a duet that premiered in NYC at the Hatch Choreography series in November, 2010, a full-length contemporary version of Petrouchka for Adelphi University, which premiered in November 2009, as well as Songs of the Pyre to an original score by Deborah Henson-Conant with singer Gloria Hode. As a choreographer, Leda's works have been presented at the Joyce Theater, New York, Dansatelier, Rotterdam, Dance Loft, Switzerland, Western Washington University, as well as Dance Adelphi, Malaparte Theatre Company, the Gene Frankel Theatre, Dixon Place, the Hatch Saturday Series, Wong Dance, and the Arts on the Hudson Festival. Her piece, The Rorschach Test, was performed as part of the American Dance Guilds 50th Anniversary Gala. You can view this work online at The Rorschach Test. This piece also appeared in the 2008 inaugural benefit performance for the Dancers' Emergency Fund. In 2006, Leda choreographed Exit in memory of dancer Leonardo Smith, and will be restaging the piece for Stockton College in January 2009. Pair of Jacks, a duet with an original score by GrooveLily, was created for Dances Patrelle's 2007 New York season and can be viewed online at TenduTv. Her work, Letters from Home, toured with Wong Dance Company in March, 2008. She co-produced IndepenDANCE: A Benefit for the Invisible Children of Uganda in 2007, and created My Soul to Keep for the benefit. Her efforts have so far raised several thousand dollars for that cause.
Leda is one of the few officially accredited teachers of the Muller modern dance technique, as well as teaching ballet, partnering, composition and performance skills. She is an Adjunct Professor for Adelphi University's Dance Department, and the recipient of Adelphi's 2007-2008 Teaching Excellence Award. Leda is a returning guest instructor for Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, Western Washington University, Koelnertanz in Cologne, and the Dance Loft in Rorschach, Switzerland, among others. She has taught for the Iles de Danse in France, for the Artist's Trust International Course in England, and as a guest instructor for Carolyn Carlson's Atelier de Paris. Other dance programs she has taught for include the California State University at Los Angeles, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Oswego, and Brigham Young University in Hawaii. She has been a featured instructor for the Northeast Regional Dance Festival and the American College Dance Association. For more information about Leda's classes go to Dance Class Descriptions.
A published author on many subjects, her writing has appeared in Pointe Magazine (including the current April/May 2009 cover article), European Dance News, The Herb Companion, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's All-Region Guides, and The-Vu, among others. Leda is also a professional gardener and botanist and teaches for the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Her book, Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes is available for on Amazon here, and you can read a chapter of the book here. Her second book, The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget was published April 2010. She is currently working on a new book about urban agriculture.
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