Leslie Scates, Founder

Leslie Scates is a Native Houstonian, Dance Artist, Educator, Consultant, Choreographer, Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Leslie facilitates enhanced performance and collaborative communication through Improvisational Movement Practices.  Leslie teaches Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, ReWire/Dancing States, Post Modern Dance Classes,  and Choreography.  She is a member of Lower Left Performance Collective,  Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and is a coordinator for the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival.  She travels in the US, Europe and Central America to work, perform, research and Surf.

What is Contact Improvisation?  

Contact improvisation (CI) is a post modern movement language in which points of physical contact are maintained for exploration through shared weight and improvisation. CI utilizes gravity, momentum and the weighted body as fuel sources to research and create original, physical vocabulary and artistic expression between bodies and minds.

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Massage Therapy Services  

  • Thai Yoga Massage & Thai Yoga Massage with Steamed Herbal Compresses

    Thai massages are performed on the floor on a mat. Client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used. The practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures and gentle stretching while palming and thumbing along the body’s “sen” (energy lines) and pressure points. This relieves muscular tension, increases circulation and balances the body by unblocking, energizing and dispersing energy. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

     

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  • Custom Swedish Massage Therapy

    “Swedish Massage” refers to techniques designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, depression and fatigue.  Swedish massage increases oxygen flow in the blood and releases toxins from muscles. Benefits include stimulation of circulation, increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes.

     

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PHONE (713) 824-1197 • EMAIL leslie@lesliescates.is
Office Location: SHANA ROSS FITNESS STUDIO

629 W. 22nd Street Unit 1 Houston, TX 77008
Licensed Massage Therapist, Texas

Training: Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage School, Harmony Thai Massage Houston and the Texas School of Massage.

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Classes / Workshops  

  • CREATIVE MORNINGS HOUSTON : HUMILITY!

    The Barn / Dance Source Houston

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  • Ensemble Thinking Training for Collaborative Collectives

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CREATIVE MORNINGS HOUSTON : HUMILITY!

Creative Mornings Houston is a Breakfast Lecture Series for the Creative Community

The Barn / Dance Source Houston

2201Preston
Houston, Texas 77003

Creative Mornings Houston Leslie Scates "Humility"

 

Well, This was Awesome.  Check out the things I said if you like, and join Creative Mornings Houston for information about upcoming Creatives sharing their best with HTown.

 

 

 

 

Ensemble Thinking Training for Collaborative Collectives

ENSEMBLE THINKING TRAINING FOR OPTIMAL TEAM PERFORMANCE AND FUNCTIONING

 

Ensemble Thinking (ET) is a visual communication toolkit created and developed continuously through teaching and performance by Dr. Nina Martin and Lower Left Performance Collective.

Practiced regularly, Ensemble Thinking:
ET training WIRES IN fresh problem solving perspectives.
ET training SHIFTS group cognition and intuition.
ET training RESHAPES leadership skills and support strategies.
ET training INCREASES efficiency and creativity in collaborative environments through movement and visual communication practices.
ET training PRIMES collaborative ensembles for spontaneous, dynamic and cohesive work.
ET training ENHANCES performance and facilitates clear, efficient communication.   
ET training CREATES deeper levels of personal and group awareness and agency.
ET training UNCOVERS inherent hierarchy and refines leadership roles.
ET training REVEALS habitual communication patterns.
ET training PROVIDES STRUCTURE for creating new neural patterns, leading to new ideas and answers.

Training consists of participation in non verbal, structured improvisational movement scores as an ensemble, followed by debriefing for integration of critical concepts that emerge during practice.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION

 

Leslie Scates teaches Contact Improvisation through Master Classes, Workshops and Private Lessons for groups and individuals.

 

Contact improvisation (CI) is a post modern movement language in which points of physical contact are maintained for exploration through shared weight and improvisation.

CI utilizes gravity, momentum and the weighted body as fuel sources to research and create original, physical vocabulary and artistic expression between bodies and minds.

Leslie teaches persons at any level of experience.  Please contact her directly to set up classes, appointments, or for more information.