PTA Artist: Flora Leptak-Moreau
Title: Waiting to Fire
Dance choreographed by Flora Leptak-Moreau
Description: Waiting to Fire is part of a bigger work in progress, inspired by the recovery of stroke survivor Fanchon Shur and the work of neurological re-organizer, Betty Lamont, with her right hand assistant, Bev Dunn.
Waiting to Fire aims to explore neurological synapses that need to occur for stroke patients to begin to see progress much like a baby from day one, who has to progressively take minute steps to move towards an object or to flip on the tummy as a result of responsive neurons making complex connections to achieve the desired goal. Our adversities and fears can sometimes get in the way. We have to fight so that they do not become a roadblock, especially so that our temporary loss of independence can be regained. ‘It is not that you cannot move forward after an adversity, but you just need assistance to help make neural connections so that you can regain independent and thus overcome your adversity!
Bio: Flora Leptak-Moreau, is a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica; SUNY, Brockport and University of Toledo with Masters Degrees in Dance, Education and Technology. In her native island of Dominica, she was a principal dancer with Waitukubili, the National Dance Theatre directed by Raymond Lawrence and the founder/director of the Dominica Children’s School of Dance (1985). Her training began with Raymond Lawrence of Dominica, followed by ballet mistress Helen Tait from Trinidad and Tobago.
She received OAS and UNESCO scholarships to study dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, University of the West Indies in Jamaica majoring in Teacher Education and Dance in Education. She had the privilege to take both academic and artistic classes with Barbara Requa, Bert Rose, Carson Cumberbatch, Garth Fagan, Barry Moncrieffe, Alaine Grant, Sheila Barnett, Ivy Baxter and Rex Nettleford, Nicholeen DeGrass Johnson, among others. Prior to that, she received two summer scholarships from UNESCO and OAS. Upon completion of her diploma in Teaching/Dance in Education, she received another scholarship as an exchange student to attend the State University of New York at Brockport where she pursued a BA in Dance. She later went on to pursue dual Masters degrees in Education and Educational Technology. Leptak-Moreau has taught, performed, choreographed and presented numerous dances and workshops nationally and internationally.
Since arriving in Cincinnati she has presented classes, workshops, performances and residencies for Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT); National Folk Festival in Dayton, OH; the International Thespian Festival, OhioDance Conferences, Ohio Thespian Festivals, Brunswick School district, Arts and Humanities Resource Center for Seniors, choreographed the Caribbean a musical “Once on This Island” for Xavier University, LaSalle High School, and the School for Creative and Performing Arts, taught dance at various studios in Cincinnati including CDT, Tanze Performing Arts, Ballet Tech Cincinnati, Miami Valley Ballet, Arts Consortium, Antioch University, University of Cincinnati Communiversity Adult Education program, Heinold Foreign Language Academy, Clifton Recreation Center and many other schools, retirement and community centers.
Performances include: “The Conductors” in 2004 as part of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Culture Fest in at the Freedom center and Aronoff Center, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre, CDT’s “Choreographers without Company” including “Pushing Limits” by Ashley Eiseman, “Vernal Muse” by Susan Moser, Tanze Performing Arts, Fanchon Shur’s “Vibrant Soul” and “All that Breathes” and Ish festival (2017) Growth in Motion as well as taught classes. Fascinated by tap dancing, she took tap dance with Gloria Esenwein and made her debut tap dancing performance with her. She presently teaches Language Arts and Social Studies at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to SCPA, she taught at a Foreign Language (French and Spanish) magnet school, Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies (AMIS), while raising her beautiful seven-year-old twins and a recent new arrival, Lulu, an energetic, Bichon Frise 12 weeks old puppy.