Urban Wildlife Arts is a non-profit, after-school performing arts program for children of all ages (located in Brooklyn, NY). We make original dance performances using our creativity and love of animals.
Each class creates an original ballet, modern dance, or theatre piece that delves into the unique lives of animals and other ecological themes. Through collaboration and cooperation, our students turn ideas into live performances for the local community. Dance and acting techniques are taught alongside collaborative storytelling, resulting in an original work that each student can feel proud of. Best of all, every student gets to take home an original, illustrated storybook or script of their work as part of the class, courtesy of the teacher’s design efforts.
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Dana Leigh Snyder is a NYC performing artist and animal activist located in Brooklyn, NY. She holds teaching residencies at Salvatore Larussa Dance Theatre Academy (Middle Village, Queens), Village Community School (Manhattan), and The Spaceworks Williamsburg Library (Brooklyn). Originally from Sacramento, she has been teaching the performing arts across both coasts for 20 years, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from The New School for Drama (formerly The Actor’s Studio, NYC), a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theatre (Experimental) from UC Davis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UC Davis.
She developed the theatre programming for Salvatore Larussa Dance Theatre, and teaches strength, flexibility, and mobility classes throughout NYC gyms. Her dance technique is rooted in modern dance training and primal, animal movements that focus on core strength, mobility, and playfulness. Her acting training is a combination of Lee Strasberg’s Method, and the techniques of various Experimental Theatre artists.
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