ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: ShaLeigh Comerford

June 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist ShaLeigh Comerford.


ShaLeigh Comerford received a Masters degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University as well as a Bachelor’s with honors in Painting and Poetry. She began her formal dance training on scholarship with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in VA. She also trained on scholarship under numerous master teachers at the American Dance Festival. Comerford continued her training in NYC and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium. In addition, Comerford was personally invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel for their inaugural teacher training program.


Photo by Steve Clarke

In 2005, Comerford founded ShaLeigh Dance Works, a dance theatre company dedicated to creating socially conscious works. Collaborators including dancers, actors, writers, musicians and dance-makers constitute this family of artists who are dedicated to expanding the craft of performance as an art form. The intimate ensemble ranging has toured its repertoire, described as dance theatre with a powerful and inventive physical language, along the East coast as well as internationally. The company made a successful New York debut receiving a standing ovation at Judson Memorial in May of 2007. She was featured as an emerging New York choreographer at Chen Dance Center’s 2007 newsteps series and was a recipient of Dance Theatre Workshop’s 2007-2008 Creative Residency. Most recently, the company was selected for the North Carolina Dance Festival’s 2013-14 season tour offering performances and master classes throughout the state.


At “Here & Now” ShaLeigh Dance Works will present Dedicated to [ ] because of [ ] (and vice versa).  The result of a collaborative process between choreographer ShaLeigh Comerford, actor/playwright Richard Kirkwood, and the original performers, the dance is a complex dance theatre work that “explores the deeply personal and cultural landscape of gender and violence.”

photo credit Chris Waltz


Want to know more? Check out these blog posts from when ShaLeigh toured with NCDF two seasons ago (here, here, and here). And visit ADF’s website for tickets and more!


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