Artist Profile

New York, New York

Felice Lesser

Lesser, Felice

Felice envisions her role as an artist-in-residence to be that of a working professional with a lifelong commitment to the art of dance, sharing her knowledge with a school and a community, hopefully motivating people to seek out further experiences once she is gone. She wants most to instill her love of dance, and a sense of enjoyment and excitement in studying it. Every residency is unique, therefore she likes to plan with schools and communities in advance to custom-make a residency that will best serve their unique needs. As she not only choreographs, but films/edits video, works with computer choreography, writes plays and screenplays, and has a background in music, she is especially interested in multi-media projects that combine these things with dance.

Felice was a recipient of the Lawrence S. Epstein Prize for Choreography, a Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Choreography, a participant in the Carlisle Project, and a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writers Network, and Fade-In Online Screenwriting Competitions. She received two Accolade Awards for her I AM A DANCER. Her 50 dance works have been performed in venues including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet, and the 1991 Tokyo International Choreography Competition, and she filmed and edited a number of television programs broadcast on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Felice is currently an Adjunct Professor at UCONN/Stamford Campus, and an artist-in-residence for the states of Nevada and Idaho. She holds a BA from Barnard College, and an MA from Columbia University.

Counties Served
Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades pre-K-12), college level, seniors, professional dance companies/schools, at risk youth/young adult, open to other special populations
Dance Studios, Gyms, Multi-Purpose rooms, Classrooms
Fees, Availability and Technical Requirements
Fees begin at $300/day for 5 hrs. + room, board & travel (minimum of one week long residency).
Professional Development Workshops: Teacher/Staff Training
Ballet for Adult Beginners; International Folk Dance Party; Fundamentals of Choreography for Teachers; Dance Appreciation; International Folk Dance Party
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Dancing on the Keyboard (Dance Composition – both in the dance studio, and the computer lab. See, education page for an article on a previous residency); Dance Appreciation Dance Sampler (rudimentary instruction in ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, folk dance); Dance Around the World (folk dance residency); Ballet Technique Classes (all levels); Repertory, Choreography classes, and performance projects