Creative Team


Artistic Director

Leslie Scott


Leslie Scott is the founder and artistic director of BODYART; an LA based multi-media dance Theatre Company.  Scott completed her second tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to acclaim with THREAD @ Summerhall in 2015. For her evening-length work An Hour About An Hour Ms. Scott won praise from The Scotsman at 2006’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to performing at several New York landmarks such as the Joyce Soho, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Theater for the New City, The Cunningham Studios, and 3LD Art & Technology Center as part of Reid Farrington residency, and The Dixon Place.  A career highlight was BODYART performing at the prestigious Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

Scott opened BODYART Studio in April 2010. This 1800 sq/ft arts space based in Long Island City, NY provides reduced fee rehearsal space for NYC artists. Scott won praise for her PILLAR program, which places a premium on the creative process, rather than the product, giving free rehearsal space to local Queens based artists. For her work in the Queens community Ms Scott has received funding from the Queens Arts Council. In 2014, Scott started the Decay Project, a dance film residency program that serves as the companys main community engagement program. The third film was just completed in Christchurch New Zealand.

As an independent choreographer Scott has set work on the students of California Institute of the Arts, DC based CityDance Ensemble’s Studio Company, Tarrant County College, Greenhill School, Creekview High School and was the choreographer-in-residence for Elon University in early 2010. Scott holds a BFA in Modern Dance with an emphasis in photography from Texas Christian University. In 2012 she was a member of the after school dance program for Columbia University’s The School. Currently Scott enjoys regular teaching and choreographic residencies across the country.

Most recently, Scott is a candidate for her MFA in Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts under the direction of Stephan Koplowitz.

As a photographer, Scott worked for world-renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. She is the photographer in residence for BODYART and also enjoys shooting for Texas Christian University, Elon University, and was a staff intern photographer for the American Dance Festival in 2005. Scott directed the BODYART dance company in an underwater shoot in Turks and Caicos with acclaimed photographer, Chris Crumley as well as an on location shoot at Coe Hall in Long Island. These underwater images were incorporated into the company’s evening length work, Anatomy of Lost set entirely in a pool of water and are also set to be published in a coffee table book.

Scott was the interim Executive Director for LA Based Invertigo Dance Theatre and currently serves as their Touring Director.  She has worked for Jodi Kaplan & Associates as the International Project Manager for the past four years, overseeing the agency’s touring projects; currently she is the co-producer for this festival. Prior to that she worked as JK&A’s booking associate for 3 years. As an International producer Scott continues her work from the booking DANCE FESTIVAL Beijing 2008, which coincided with the summer Olympics, to the Edinburgh Festival 2010 through 2015.

Ms Scott is also a certified sommelier and regularly enjoys incorporating all five senses into her choreographic projects.






Chris Crumley

Chris Crumley has been working with Bodyart and dancers in the studio, on islands and underwater for since the mid-2000s.Throughout his photography career, he has studied the works of master photographers, collected and absorbed an extensive library of photographer’s works and attended workshops in the U.S. and Europe. He has the ability to uniquely capture images of people, places, fashion, dance and underwater dance and his work is known internationally. Additional information on Chris and his work can be found at


Hadley Johnson


Hadley Johnson was named Parsons Paris 2010 Designer of the Year for her debut collection, “Till Death Do Us Part”. Conceptually grounded by a Fine Arts BFA in 2001, Johnson approaches fashion as a discipline. Her generative studio practice has a choreographic and architectural rhythm. Johnson’s projects with experimental and formal dance groups in New York have aided in her understanding of movement and the body. Hadley Johnson’s most recent costuming role was funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts. She has been a feature designer twice on the English designer website since graduating. Johnson just finished a project, “Sweet Chariot” with art doyenne, Peregrine Honig and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO where she currently resides.


Sofy Yuditskaya

Sofy (@horusVacui) is a media artist and educator working with video, interactivity, projections, code, paper, and salvaged material. Her work focuses on techno-occult rituals, street performance, and participatory art.Sofy’s performances enact and reframe hegemonies, she works with materials that exemplify our deep entanglement with petro-culture. She has worked on projects at Eyebeam, 3LD, the Netherlands Institute voor Media Kunst, ARS Electronica, Games for Learning Institute, and has taught workshops at GAFFTA, and MoMA. She is a member of the Fast Food Video collective and the current organizer of the NYC Patching Circles.


Melissa Firlit

Melissa is pleased to be here. She recently directed A Nasty Story(NY Intl Fringe Festival), By The Light Of The Silvery Moon(The Yellow Wallpaper)(MidTown Intl Theater Festival), 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress(The Bridge Theater), Svetlana Presents:Happy Birthday Jesus(The Tank/Collective Unconscious), The Rise and Fall of Miles and Milo(NY Intl Fringe Festival), Three Patriotic Acts(The Horace Mann Theatre at Columbia University) and Genius Andronicus(The Bridge Theater and Manhattan Theater Source). She teaches creative movement and musical theater to children at The School @ Columbia University. She received her BFA in theater studies and music at the University of Hartford and her MFA in Directing from Rutgers University. She also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the St. Petersburg Theater Academy in Russia.


Chris Heilman

Christopher Heilman is a designer of environments for theater, opera and dance. Committed to physical performance his work aims to blur the boundaries between installation art, scenic design, dramaturgy and directing, to create environments that have their own atmospheric charge. Recent NY credits include The Pig (3LD, UTC#61) Gin & “It” (Under the Radar Festival, 3LD, P.S. 122), and A Dream Play (JAR, St. Ann’s Warehouse). His work has been seen Regionally at Williamstown Theatre Festival,W.H.A.T.,Provincetown Playhouse,Wexner Center,REDCAT,GuthrieTheater,and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Christopher was recently hired as a Creative Consultant at Walt Disney Imagineering, Creative Entertainment and received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts.


W4 New Music Collective


Based in New York and founded in 2010 by composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, Molly Herron, and Ruben Naeff, West Fourth New Music (W4) makes a priority of programming and producing new music events with an eye toward bringing diverse audiences together through innovative concert experiences.  In 2012, W4 has expanded their artistic collaborations, producing events with visual and design artists from BF Bifocals as well as BODYART Dance.



Yuriy Nayer

Yuriy Nayer was born in Belarus, but has proudly called New York his home for the last 14 years. Yuriy is proud of his continued collaboration with Leslie Scott and BODYART Dance Theatre. When he is not helping Leslie fill stages with snow, water or other precipitation, Yuriy works as a Lighting Designer for live dance and theatre design in New York as well as abroad. International Credits include: Werevertumorro, a new theatrical event based on a hugely popular Mexican video blog (Mexico); Anjou, the musical (Korea, China, Mexico); The Store – YaaSamar! Dance Theatre (Jordan, Palestine, Israel). Other recent Dance Credits: Disappearances (World Premier/ MMAC) by Paul Sanasardo; recreated the lighting for Jane Dudley’s Harmonica Breakdown and Time Is Money, also at MMAC. Select New York Theatre Credits: 348 (Dixon Place); Interchange (The Workshop Theatre); In Loco Parentis (FringeNYC ‘10); Colored People’s Time (NEC/ MITF ’10 Best Lighting Design Award); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Planet Connections Festivity Best Lighting Design Award);  The Night Watcher (Primary Stages). Other credits: The Runt of the Litter National Tour.


Brett Alan

Brett Alan is a valued member of the production team. He has been a part of BODYART since 2008 and in 2011 he ventured into an administration role. Brett’s accolades include graduating Magna Cum Laude from Adelphi University with a BFA in Dance and continuing his studies at Purchase College, SUNY, pursuing an MFA degree in performance/teaching. Brett is a graduate assistant and teaching at the School of Arts at Purchase. Besides his schooling; Brett has had the opportunity to guest choreograph at Jericho Senior High School for the past 8 years, entertain, choreograph and work as a talent scout for Double G Productions and Starlight Entertainment, work as an assistant choreographer for the LMproject and work in management for Lululemon Atheltica. He has toured with many companies including Lucinda Childs and Vissi Dance Theater and has performed with Genesis Dance Company, Mary Seidman & Dancers, Hydroflo and Flexicurve.


Our Board Rocks!

  • Benjamin Shelton
  • Caitlin Shell Galgay
  • Madeline Day Smith


  • Erica Lindgren
  • Vadnie Sidney