Education, advocacy, and the mission of NEAMA : With Keanu Uchida and Leslie Scott Zanovitch


Live on CIUT 89.5 FM

Airing Date: October 26, 2022
Hosted By: Nicole Inica Hamilton

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Featured Guest(s): Keanu Uchida & Leslie Scott Zanovitch

On this episode, dancer and advocate Keanu Uchida opens up about raising awareness on sexual abuse in the dance industry and working with key players in the industry for change. Also in this episode is choreographer, educator, and movement arts advocate Leslie Scott Zanovitch. Tune in as they share about the newly launched NEAMA (Non profit Education and Advocacy for the Movement Arts.) An organization whose mission is to support transformative change toward safer practices in the movement arts.

For more information about NEAMA, visit:

About Keanu Uchida:

Keanu Uchida is a professional dancer, advocate and student. As a dancer and movement artist, Keanu has toured internationally with Muse and Lorde, acted as movement director for Netflix’ superhero series The Umbrella Academy and performed his own work at the Guggenheim Works and Process in New York City. Keanu is currently studying the intersection of Physics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Since 2020, Keanu has been active in the fight against sexual abuse in the dance industry.

In 2021, he brought his and others’ stories of abuse to the Toronto Star, which resulted in a bombshell investigation into sexual misconduct at the American dance company giant Break the Floor. The Star’s reporting lead to subsequent partnership with the Associated Press who published earlier this year ‘Mega dance company bred culture of sex, silence, dancers say’ leading unprecedented visibility on sexual abuse in the dance community. In September 2022, Keanu launched NEAMA (Nonprofit Education and Advocacy for the Movement Arts), an organization promoting safety and wellness in the movement arts as co-founder alongside his mentor and NEAMA founder Leslie Scott, forming a cross-generational evidence-based team of advocates and educators.

About Leslie Scott Zanovitch:

Leslie Scott Zanovitch is a choreographer, educator, and passionate movement arts advocate with a career spanning 32 years. Leslie taught for over a decade as faculty at The EdgePerforming Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Hollywood, CA, as well as in 22 countries and 48 states in the USA. She was adjunct faculty in the dance departments of Loyola Marymount University and Phoenix College, Founder of Arizona State University’s Hip-Hop Coalition dance company and acted as a Creating Opportunities® dance industry coach in Hollywood for 5 years.  Leslie has enjoyed a long professional career and is represented by the number one dance agency in America, McDonald/ Selznick Associates (MSA). Leslie is an Authorized Darkness to Light Facilitator on sexual abuse awareness and prevention. Leslie is considered a specialist on the complexities of sexualization and objectification and how it intersects with sexual abuse in the movement arts. For a decade Leslie has collaborated with top doctors, psychologists, and social workers to create dance specific research and education. She Founded the nonprofit EDIFY Movement® and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD)® in 2012 and dedicated her life to YPAD for a decade. Although Leslie is no longer affiliated with YPAD, she continues her work as President of the Board of NEAMA, Nonprofit Education and Advocacy for the Movement Arts. NEAMA offers accessible programming and services to cultivate healthy and safe spaces for all through interactive, educational experiences for youth, parents/caretaker, educators, and organizations rooted in caring for the mind, body, and soul. Leslie looks forward to her latest role at NEAMA, playing koalas with her little girl, and spending time near the water in her current place of residency, Florida.
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