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25 to Watch 2018: Leal Zielińska

There's something about Leal Zielińska that defies easy explanation. In stillness, she captivates, flirting with androgyny yet remaining unapologetically feminine, her gaze at once frank and mysterious. In motion, her fierce athleticism seems at odds with her almost-ungainly facility, contorting into positions that beggar believability and then staying there too long for comfort.

She doesn't shy away from awkwardness but instead leans into it. Somehow these paradoxes resolve into a magnetic performance quality that makes the Polish-born dancer impossible to look away from, as well as a perfect conduit for Sidra Bell's bizarre, audacious, sometimes voyeuristic work.


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Hip-Hop Choreographer Luam Is Using Her Voice to Spark Change

Having taught around the world and created for the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Alicia Keys, Luam Keflezgy has established herself as one of the most respected choreographers in the dance industry. Her recognition stems from not only her creative expertise, but her flawless ability to use movement as a vessel for her unique voice.

Today, Luam is leading by example by brilliantly leveraging her social media following to highlight racial injustices within the dance industry. She has hosted IG live convos with artists like Martha Nichols, Phillip Chbeeb and Tony Tzar, tackling topics surrounding mental health, ally-ship and cultural appropriation. Luam also hosts her own podcast called Industry Talk that continues to spark conversations surrounding the dance and hip-hop community.

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