Create Space Movement Laboratory Founder
"Dance is an expression of the spirit. It is the human language that is experienced; through sight, sound, time, space, and energy. Dance has the capability to impart a resonant experience of our humanity- both as performer and observer. It is the container that allows me to be vulnerable, to create, to feel, to connect, to learn, and to push the boundaries of my capabilities. It has been a constant catalyst for self discovery and transformation. Some lessons can only be learned from embodied experience."
Politeia Le is an Embodied Artist and Movement Educator. He values diversity and believes in the transformational power of living and practicing the values that reside within. His connection to expression and creativity was ignited at an early age at the Waldorf School. At the age of nineteen, he began his formal dance education at the University of California, Irvine. There, he earned dual BFA degrees in dance performance and dance choreography. His studies included ballet, modern, contemporary, and improvisation with esteemed faculty including; Loretta Livingston, Donald McKayle, Jodie Gates, Tong Wong, Sheron Wray, Chad Michael Hall, and Lisa Naugle. As a UROP scholar, he produced and choreographed an evening length concert, union. On the committee of BareBones Dance Theater, he produced several dance productions and outreach programs. Politeia has performed in works by Donald McKayle, Patrick Corbin, Tong Wong, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Gerard+Kelly, as well as various MFA and undergraduates from UCI. Politeia continued his studies of dance across Los Angles and New York.
As an educator, he aims to facilitate personal growth- in the physical, emotional, spiritual, professional, and artistic arenas. His method is a progressive and multidisciplinary approach that incorporates knowledge from ballet, modern, contemporary dance, yoga, pilates, gyrotonic, bio mechanics, Laban Movement Analysis, and various somatic practices.
He has taught over 3,000 classes and led several 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification & Continuing Education programs at one of the largest yoga companies in the US. He specializes on the needs of dancers and embodied artists and teaches at premier dance schools and conventions around the US. His students include contestants of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance; cast members of Glee; dancers from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Shaping Sound, The Lion King, Celine, and Still Motion; various actors/actresses; and professional athletes.
His passions extend to the culinary arts, and like most Southern California natives, he finds sanctuary in the ocean, and joy in seasonal, produce abundant, cuisine. He is a devoted student, and teacher, of yoga specializing in nurturing embodied artists across the United States.
Gabriella Proffitt holds a BFA in Dance Education with a specialization in Ballet Performance and a minor in Musical Theater from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. While attaining her degree, Gabriella became a peer tutor in ballet for which she was acknowledged with an Excellence In Tutoring Award and an Outstanding Student Teaching Award. Gabriella has ballet teaching engagements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at Creative Edge Dance Academy, Dancin’ on the Edge, The Pennington Studio, and Penn Ballet at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior teaching experience includes ballet instruction at Princeton Ballet School, pre-ballet instruction at The Rock School in Philadelphia, ballet, lyrical, and beginning jazz, acro, and modern at Studio 180 in Paoli, PA, and ballet and lyrical at competition dance studios. In addition, Gabriella has a 200-hour certification in Prana Yoga from Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. Her supplementary interests lie in music, alternative somatic modalities, and multidisciplinary collaboration – all of which inform her work as an artist and arts educator.