Jessie Levey is the founder and director of Barefoot Dance Center. She is a modern dancer and has been teaching for thirty years. Her training is grounded in Cunningham, Limón and Alexander techniques, as well as yoga and improvisation.
Jessie approaches training young dancers as she does adults- through the practice of modern technique, somatic understanding, exploration, critical inquiry, building dances and reflection. In addition to teaching classes at Barefoot, she also directs Choreolab Performance Workshop and Barefoot Dance Company, and brings dance into surrounding schools as a dance artist-in-residence. Jessie is the recipient of the 2015-17 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship, which you may read about here, and holds an MFA in Dance from The Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is married, has two grown children and is a certified childbirth educator.
Julie Ludwick is the founder of Fly-by-Night Dance Theater, a Modern Dance company that features Aerial Dance Repertory. She has an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia University and over 20 years of teaching experience in the NYC area, specializing in Modern, Improvisation, Jazz, Trapeze-Dance and Skinner Releasing Technique. She has taught all ages in both independent dance programs and school settings. Julie teaches Modern II and Teen Modern Dance Lab at Barefoot.
Harriett Meyer is a dancer, dancemaker, and educator based in Kingston, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Bard College in 2012, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from the same in 2016. She has performed and shown work at Danspace, Turtle Bay Music School, the Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Galapagos Arts Space in New York City, at the Peace School in Ludhiana, India, and at Bard College and Bennington College. Now immersed in literacy education, Harriett is continuing to explore dance and pedagogy simultaneously. In addition to teaching both ballet and modern at Barefoot, Harriett has acted as our guest choreographer for Barefoot Dance Company.
Leslie Partridge Sachs, born and raised on Manhattan’s upper west side, is now a recent resident of Beacon NY. Leslie has spent the majority of her life as a dance artist, teacher, performer and choreographer in New York City. Her training and performance began with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. With her foundations in classical movement she entered the contemporary dance world through study of a wide variety of modern dance techniques. She is an alumna of the High School of Performing Arts, Bard College and the University of Washington, the latter where she received her MFA in dance. Leslie has held positions at Purchase College Conservatory for Dance, Balettakademien in Stockholm, University of Massachusetts, Dance Space Center in NYC, to name a few. Her work has been presented in venues across the US and Europe. She is married to Sun Sachs and has two daughters, 6 cats and 2 dogs. Leslie teaches Modern IV and Ballet III at Barefoot.