Artist, Teaching Artist
The act of allowing oneself the space and time to learn about and explore an arts medium - without any other expectation but presence, safety and sanctuary for what is expressed - gives legitimacy to real learning and personal investment. The spaces where people meet to experience art and the power of the medium in this way, are great environments for healthy dialog and sustained growth.
Real learning can only occur in safe and inclusive environments. Without the comfort of personal investment or expression, there is no learning, no growth and no space for art. If a person is not comfortable in their skin or their environment, they may not even be able to learn things they need to survive. In these cases, students/residents/patients run the risk of losing ostracized or traumatized individuals - to themselves and the communities that they live in.
Learning, understanding and embracing the power and diversity of our uniqueness is paramount to our comfort and willingness to contribute. The arts can be a powerful tool for self exploration, personal and shared validation and empowerment. Any arts medium can be a vehicle for learning, application and expression. Mine happens to be dance.
As the artist shares their understanding of the medium, the student draws unique context from which to build a dialog upon. Practice with the medium allows for unbiased and uncensored exploration and expression. Expression is the gate way to healthy dialog. Dialog and invested exchange allows for growth through personal and shared learning. This is the alchemy of empowerment through the arts.
The inclusion of the arts within our public settings and environments sends a signal for welcome and safe dialog. Art allows us to see our selves and celebrate our diversity. Art illuminates our shared strengths. Art empowers us to be included in the dialog. The process of learning, expressing and making art inspires new, unique dialogs and allows us to be life-long learners.
chromatic dance™ is a somatic approach to learning and practicing our recognized and shared dances as a tool of embodied expression.
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Originally from many corners of the world, Alethea (Lea) Bodine is a practicing, professional teaching artist and arts advocate who has been granted the gift of evolving and dancing with some of Erie, Pennsylvania's greatest philanthropists, artists and educators for over three decades.
PA Council of the Arts; Rostered Artist 1997 - 2006 / 2016 re-newal
Graduate / Mercyhurst College, BA 1991
Proprietor & Director / Titusville Dance Conservatory, 1992 - 1998
Dancer & Costumer / Dafmark Dance Theatre, 1991 - 1997
Producer & Director / DiBello & Bodine Present, 1998 - 2007
Adjunct Dance Instructor / Erie School District and Mercyhurst University, 1998 - 2004
Dancer & Co-Producer / Shen and Bones Group, 2000 - 2005
Gallerist & Graphic Designer/ Glass Growers Gallery, 2002 - 2007
Director of Arts & Education / Lake Erie Ballet, 2007 - 2015
Arts in Health & Education Practitioner / chromatic dance™, 2016 to present
Full curriculum vitae available upon request.