Leda Muhana is a Brazilian choreographer and university professor living in the northeastern United States since 2015. She has retired from 35 years of teaching at the Dance School of the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil where she attained the highest status (Titled Professor) and was also Head of School (2010-2014). She holds a Master degree in Dance Kinesiology (University of Utah) and a Doctor of Education in the Teaching of Choreography (Temple University). She has choreographed for professional dance groups since 1980. For 18 years she directed and performed in the Tran Chan Dance Company, which presented throughout Brazil, in South and North America, and in Europe.
Her recent work in the United States involves the “Movimento” series, three concerts which synthesized the choreographic languages of local dance artists in site-specific venues (2015-7). She has also since 2015 organized an annual Artistic Residence and Cultural Exchange at her emerging dance space, The Barn in Brewster, promoting dialogue and choreographic collaboration between American and Brazilian dance artists. Her current interests include stimulating and facilitating new works by emerging and student artists, elaborating collaborative choreographic events, and developing contemporary dance performances for public spaces.
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