is a dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and video artist. She toured from 2005 to 2018, performing multi-media productions and in performances with musician Paul Sprawl in North America and Europe. Extensive studies with luminaries, as well as her own choreographies and research are foundational for her approaches to art and teaching. She trained and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1990-2005, performing for Anouk van Djick, Nita Little, Rosy Simas, Regina DeCosse, Tandy Beal, Scott Wells and others. Leralee Whittle held a dance, somatics and healing practice for 15 years in the Santa Cruz, Ca. During that time she was a lead collaborator with Nita Little in relational intelligence research and improvisation performance. Besides dance she also trained in Physical Theater, Taoist Chi Kung, Energy Medicine, Acupressure and Process Oriented Psychology.
Her work has been experienced in theaters, galleries, dance studios, living rooms, and as public art in parks and sports facilities. She’s been presented in Dinamiche Scomposte Festival, Italy, Twin Cities Film Festival, Twin Cities/Montreal Choreographer Exchange, PWNW, Portland, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, CAPSULE, KCMO, Rosy Simas Danse/Southern Theater, Minneapolis, UCP, KCMO, and Aria, Barcelona. She is the recipient of a public art commission, MN (2018), a video and performance installation commission by Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City (2018), Project Space Residency, Counterpulse, SF (2017) and grants from PLRAC, MN (2017), KU Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS and Puffin, NJ and Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco, CA .
Leralee Whittle created Somatic-Field Coherence and (un) Threading Dance to teach internationally. She’s been a guest teacher at Wayne State University, Performance Works NW and FLOCK, Portland, OR, Counterpulse, San Francisco, Sudstern Jam, Berlin, The Cowels Center, Minneapolis and more.