Leslie Bishko is a computer animator, Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Associate Professor of Animation at Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her computer animated short, “Gasping for Air,” won Best Experimental Picture at the American International Film and Video Festival, and Best Animation at the Humboldt International Film Festival. Leslie integrates the rich movement theories of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) with her art and teaching, towards creating expressive movement in computer animation. Leslie’s research investigates the use of animated imagery to supplement the kinesthetic pedagogy of LMA studies. Lectures and workshops on LMA and animation include the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies (New York), the Game Developers Conference (San Jose), Tisch School of the Arts (New York), Max the Mutt School of Animation (Toronto), Radical Entertainment (Vancouver), and Emily Carr Institute. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation (honors) from the University of the Arts, and a Master of Arts in Computer Animation from the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design at the Ohio State University.

Leslie completed her LMA certification through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies. She studied with Peggy Hackney, Janice Meaden, Pam Schick and Ed Groff, who now offer Laban/Bartenieff certification through the Integrated Movement Studies program.

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