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As faculty member in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, Angelia Leung’s teaching areas included: improvisation, choreography, movement analysis, fundamentals and modern dance technique, dance education, creative dance for children, and production management/administration. Leung was an independent choreographer/dancer as well as one of the founders of Chopsticks & Sneakers, a collective of Asian and Asian-American choreographers, which had produced concerts since 1984. Teaching as guest artist wherever her works have been presented throughout the United States and internationally, Leung’s teaching and creative work reflects her primary interest in praxis - in creating bridges between intuition and the analytical, the theoretical and the practical, the conceptual and the physical.
Leung has served in numerous capacities in administrative roles and advisement for the department and School, including a final stint as departmental Chair from 2006 to 2015, along with serving on the faculty advisory board of the SOAA’s Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) minor program since 2010 (Faculty Chair 2010-2014, 2016-2017).
Though retired in 2017, Leung had continued to serve (2013-2019) on the UCLA Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (SHCI) Steering Committee as co-chair of the Move Well Pod. Projects included developing and promoting research and interventions for undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty making “healthy choices as the easy choice” through programs engaged in awareness, activism, and action. Leung served to instruct (until the of Spring 2019) CHS179, Life Skills for College Students, funded in part by SHCI. Leung initiated the research and subsequent publication supported by SHCI titled, “Get up, stand up, stand up for your health! Faculty and student perspectives on addressing prolonged sitting in university settings”, with co-authors/team: Burt O. Cowgill, Vanessa Perez, Ellen Gerdes, Anusha Sadda, Courtnie Ly, Wenddelin Slusser, in the Journal of American College Health (2020).
Leung returns to UCLA as Interim Chair for the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance for the academic year 2021-2022.
Choreography/Performance and Dance Education.