Holistic Move & Groove
Dance for the Mind, Body, and SOUL! Holistic Move and Groove is a fusion of dance genres and music in a happy, healthy and safe Family Village environment. This class experience is for all levels and will utilize elements of Hip-Hop, Latin, Jazz, Grooves and more! Every person deserves equal access to the joy and Holistic Wellness dance has to offer! Dance is for everyONE and for everyBODY! This class aims to break the stereotype that a dancer must "look" a certain way or only qualifies to participate if they have attained a certain skill set. Let's unite and make friends with our bodies and each other, as we allow the mirror to reflect back our true selves. Celebrating the amazing things our body does for us, our families, and the world is how we get down in Holistic Move and Groove!
Leslie Scott is well known not only for her talents as a dancer, choreographer, teacher but her unwavering work ethic, inspiring public speaking, contagious positive energy and bold use of movement to spread a positive message! She is well respected in her industry and uses dance as a vehicle to help her students, dance parents and clients reach their full potential as whole beings in a complex dance culture and world. Leslie believes dance and music has a powerful influence over our greater culture and has the power to heal and unite our communities when used with positive intent and integrity!
She has been teaching for 27 years and has been instructed in 22 countries and 48 states to spread her unique teaching methods, artistry and teaching the ideology of “Spirit Swag”, a term Leslie coined to give value to the style of a person’s heart and character, not just their talent, aesthetics, fashion, popularity, social media presence or ability to follow trends in culture.
During Leslie’s commercial career she has worked with Beyonce, Ciara, Hi-Hat, Jermaine Jackson and Choreographed Brittany N’s video “We’re Beautiful” and has been featured at The Carnival’s Choreographer’s Ball 22 times including the sought after, invite only, Anniversary Show seven times. She has been a featured choreographer on two seasons of the web series Wallbreakers. The Industry Voice Awards in Hollywood has nominated her twice for “ Best Class of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” for her Humanitarian work with E.D.I.F.Y. Movement.
As a professional dancer Leslie experienced hypersexualization, sexism and sexual harassment within the professional setting. For many years she played into the pervasive messaging that objectification was empowerment. When she shed that myth Leslie made a commitment that all aspects of her artistry would be a powerful representation of a human’s value and worth, not just for youth but for adults as well. As she witnessed consequences in her young students, she became increasingly concerned with the dance industries’ normalization and encouragement of superimposing hypersexuality, hypermobility, negative messages about food and body image and the glorification of celebrity on very young dancers.
From this personal experience, Leslie founded the non-profit “Youth Protection Advocates in Dance” (YPAD) whose Mission is to build empowered dance communities through education and activism and stop all exploitation of children in performing arts and keep youth happy, healthy and safe in dance. She also founded the E.D.I.F.Y. Movement, a division committed to using dance to highlight social causes and leads groups of young dancers to teach creative arts at local shelters and orphanages in Mexico and Africa.
After serving as Faculty at the Edge Performing Arts for 14 years and Millennium Dance Complex for 12 years, she chose to leave Hollywood in December of 2017 after 16 years and relocate to Colorado to be with family, raise her daughter in a calmer environment and continue serving her purpose as a dance activist.