Angelia Leung, M.A., C.M.A., Associate Professor
Choreography/Performance and Dance Education
Office: Kaufman 140F
Angelia Leung, born in Guangzhou, China, emigrated to the USA when she was six years old and grew up in California. As faculty member in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, her teaching areas include: improvisation, choreography, movement analysis, fundamentals and modern dance technique, dance education, and production management/administration. Leung is an independent choreographer/dancer as well as one of the founders of Chopsticks & Sneakers, a collective of Asian and Asian-American choreographers, which had produced concerts since 1984. She has taught as guest artist wherever her works have been presented throughout the United States and internationally. Leung’s teaching and creative work reflects her primary interest in praxis - in creating bridges between intuition and the analytical, the theoretical and the practical, the conceptual and the physical. Her most recent work include an invited presentation of her paper, “An American Story – Reflections on Dance Education and the Future of Contemporary Dance in the U.S.” for the 2010 Dance Symposium on “The Future of Contemporary Dance – Connecting Artistic Exploration and the Market Needs” held in Guangdong, China. During her 2015-2016 sabbatical she provided workshops in creative movement and music for young children and adolescents, and teachers in early childhood education.
She has served since 2013 on the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative Steering Committee as co-chair of the Move Well Pod. Current projects include developing and promoting research and interventions for undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty making “healthy choices as the easy choice” through programs engaged in awareness, activism, and action.