Movement | Voice |Intimacy Direction

Training

Lesley studies with Patsy Rodenburg OBE, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London UK and the preeminent Shakespeare coach in the world today, and is one of only 30 people in the world to hold the prestigious RRT (Registered Rodenburg Teacher) Master Teacher Certification in Movement/Voice.  Ms. Rodenburg’s Second Circle methodology is centered on body-breath-voice, focusing on the mind/body connection to allow freedom of vocal and physical expression to actors, singers, and presenters/speakers in the corporate and political worlds.  Lesley was chosen as a certification candidate by Ms. Rodenburg precisely because of her experience and expertise in the performing arts as a dancer, singer, and musician, her extensive Pilates and related movement methodology study and training, and her successful integration of these transformational, informed, focused methods of movement that facilitate positive change in body, mind and spirit,  bringing craft and expertise to her work as a Movement/Voice Director.  She is also eligible for Level 3 Intimacy Director certification training with IDC.

Lesley warms up cast

All photos above courtesy of Richard Brusky.  Cast of The Elephant Man – A Public Fit Theatre Company, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Approach

“Teaching through the lens of this work begins with learning to harness the energy of the body, breath, voice, mind, heart, and spirit…presence…the universal energy that unites us all. It begins with the framework of body – breath – voice and builds thro to the embodiment of the text while staying fully present, inventing in the moment. This approach, created through hard work, craft, and mastery of technique, produces a transformative performance. Each step entails theory and practice, freedom in mind and body, and embracing being emotionally fearless. The work brings versatility, confidence, and practical application both on and off the stage or behind the mic, as a speaker, presenter, teacher, leader… and perhaps more importantly in this day and age of profound disconnection and miscommunication, brings back presence in dialogue, listening, and reflection.”

Pilates Certified

Lesley is a certified movement/intimacy specialist and a third generation Joseph Pilates teacher. She first studied Pilates with Elizabeth Larkam, internationally recognized as an innovator of movement education and a second generation Pilates master teacher. Lesley received her Pilates certification through the DK Body Balancing Method-UNLV consisting of 400+ hours including history, theory, technique, Kinesiology, Mat certification, Pilates equipment certification, and intro to Alexander and Feldenkrais, in addition to 300 hours of independent study in Biomechanics, Anatomy, and Myology. She is also a student of Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic, and has been a decades long practitioner of Bikram and Yin Yoga.

Lesley Pilates
Pilates instructiom
Working with a dancer 1
Lesley works with a dancer 2

All the footage in the video above was shot with the cast of August Osage County, A Public Fit Theatre Company, Las Vegas, Nevada.