Who is Lesley Snelson-Figueroa ?
Professor of Dance, Collin County Community College - Before arriving at Collin, Lesley served as adjunct dance faculty for Texas Woman's University, Tarrant County College, and University of North Texas and was faculty & choreographer for Denton Dance Conservatory. Currently, Lesley is a Co-Artistic Director of Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, a North Texas Modern Dance Collective. Her love for movement and fitness lead her to become a Certified Pilates Trainer through Colleen Glenn's PeakPilates System and has most recently begun a second certification through the New York City, Power Pilates System. Mrs. Figueroa completed her MFA studies in choreography and dance performance at Texas Woman's University - serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching Modern, Jazz, Hip-hop, Pilates classes as well as theory courses related to the understanding of dance as an art form and popular, visual culture. From 1998-2001, Lesley served as co-choreographer, assistant to the artistic director and a performer for The Butterfly Project, a bay-area performance group whose mission is promoting the empowerment of Women. The Butterfly Project formed at Mills College of Oakland, California where Mrs. Figueroa completed her undergraduate degrees, a BA in Dance and a BA in Business Economics. During her studies at Mills College, Lesley worked with prominent bay-area choreographers such as Mary Cochran, Janice Garrett, Remy Charlip, Joe Goode, Robert Moses, and Dana Lee Lawton. Mrs. Figueroa's choreography has been presented by Jazz Dance World Congress, International Dance Festival of NYC, Emerging Choreographer's Festival, NYC, DUMBO Dance Festival, Spelman College, University of Central Oklahoma, St. Mary's College Repertory Dance Company, Stephen F. Austin University, Perpetual Motion of OKC, Continuum One, Mills College Repertory Dance Company, Perpetual Motion of OKC, Continuum One, Mills College Repertory Dance Company, Dallas Morning News Dance Festival, Dallas CityArts, Out of the Loop Festival, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TWU DanceMakers, Denton Summer Musicals, DanceExpress, TWU DanceWorks, Fort Worth Dance Festival, South Dallas Dance Festival, Barefoot Brigade, Collin College's Dance Fusion and Tarrant County College Dance Collective.