Leslie Scott


Assistant Professor, Tulane University

Non Profit Development • SP2019

This course focuses on not-for-profit performing arts organizations. Topics covered include the evolution of the field, economic impact, the internal culture and structure, external influences, leadership, governance, planning, human resources, marketing, fundraising, financial management, and others. Students will be introduced to a wide range of arts organizations, working arts managers, and institutional models through field trips, guest lectures, readings, and institutional data. In addition to understanding the organizational structures and functions of an arts organization, students will have begun to develop a philosophy of management in the arts, a theoretical model for general management, arts advocacy, and practical tools for its practice.

CONtemporary Technique IV • SP2019

This class is an incubator for movement ideas. The primary aim of this course is to encourage movers to continue the guided exploration and development of an artistic and creative movement practice, via the synthesis of the dancer’s physical, cognitive, and emotional capacities. Areas of inquiry will include exposure to terminology, history, health and fitness, and students will learn to apply kinesiological concepts to movement efficiency. The vast majority of the material for this course is learned through the active, physical participation in all class related activities and occasional out of class practices and explorations. Pulling elements of release technique, yoga, Bartenieff and contact improvisation, students will focus on dynamic alignment, the active use of breath as support, weight sharing possibilities and performative choices.

Choreography + Media • FA2019

This is an exploratory class focusing on the creation of dance films and live experiences with an emphasis on digital non-linear editing. It aims to provide an overview of the dance film genre, while studying digital non-linear editing in depth. Students will complete editing and shooting exercises, and will also create several of their own works over the course of the semester. Students will leave with an understanding of the filmmaking paradigm of time, space, and structure, and will have the skills needed to make their own films. Additionally, this course will provide a brief survey of current applications of digital technologies used in live performances through collaborative exploration.


Arts Valuation

Movement + The Body + Technology

quantifying dance in a capitalist society • 2017

Looming cuts (or potential closure) to the USA’s primary arts funding body, the National Endowment for the Arts, has hastened the desire for clear accounting of the arts’ cultural capital. Proving value often comes in the form of defining metrics, and for dance, this question continues to generate rich debate. Read more.

Does Dance Count? • 2018

Non-profits, specifically dance organizations, spend a staggering number of hours on grant and development activities. This research is looking at trends in grant application questions, and by extension, their funding recipients. As the ongoing debate on the social value of art drives the current conversation in the USA surrounding public expenditures on these fields, we have conducted a study of current techniques used to measure dance’s efficacy in the USA as defined by major funding bodies as well as collected information from the artists themselves to see how this quantification has impacted their work. (Presented at National Dance Educators Organization)