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CDA Welcomes New Board Members - Leslie Frye Maietta, Lauren Horn, Hari Krishnan & Nina Watt

HARTFORD, CT – CDA is excited and proud to announce the appointment of four new Board Members. Leslie Frye Maietta, Lauren Horn, Hari Krishnan and Nina Watt come from a variety of backgrounds and will enrich the Board with their vast knowledge, varied experiences and new perspectives.

Earning her BFA from The University of the Arts and an MFA from Hollins University | The American Dance Festival has kept Leslie Frye Maietta's network and vision wide and inclusive. Leslie’s eclectic and rich training in techniques and forms encompassing - Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, Hip Hop, Hoofing, Theatre and Gaga Movement Language take root in her creative work. Leslie is also deeply invested in the Somatic Arts and is currently a Pilates and Gyrotonic practitioner. Leslie’s creative and somatic work lives under the umbrella, B O D Y | H O U S E the collective- a project based collective and B O D Y | H O US E wellness - private somatic training and wellness consultation. Leslie currently serves as Guest Artist/Assistant Professor at Connecticut College and Adjunct Professor at The University of Hartford, Hartt School Dance Division.





Lauren Horn is a movement and text based artist from Connecticut. She graduated from Amherst College with degrees in Psychology and Theatre and Dance.Lauren’s work explores identity and how it can be uncovered, marginalized, highlighted, and erased. By utilizing movement and text to foster a more welcoming rm of

vulnerability, her work creates a space for self-reflection and conversation for both the performer and viewer. Lauren’s choreographic work has been showcased at The BAM Fisher Theatre in Brooklyn, NYC, The Meydenbauer Center Theatre in Belleview, WA, The Northampton Center for the Arts, in Northampton, MA and other venues.



Hari Krishnan is a CT-based dancer, choreographer, scholar, and educator who specializes in Bharatanatyam, Queer Dance, and Contemporary Dance from Global Perspectives. He is Chair and Professor in the Department of Dance and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University and is also the artistic director of inDANCE.







Nina Watt was a principal dancer with the Limón Dance Company from 1972-2002, serving as Artistic Associate from 1992-2006. Acclaimed as a 'dancer of star magnitude' and a 'perfect Limón dancer', she received a 2002 New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement. She continues to teach and stage Limón’s repertory worldwide, teaches a yearly summer intensive in Italy, and is Associate Professor in The Hartt School Dance Division, University of Hartford.

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