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Rebecca Lemme, Assistant Professor
email: Rebecca.Lemme@csulb.edu
Office Phone: 562.985.5367
Office: DC-F203

 

Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, educator, performer, and visual artist. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique. Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, she has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Lemme holds a degree from Princeton University (2002) in English and Theater and is a 2013 MFA Candidate in Choreography at California Institute of the Arts.

Lemme is an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a full-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (2013-14), where she also taught during her MFA candidacy (2011-13). Additionally, Lemme has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago (2010-11), Roosevelt University (2007-11), Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio (2005-present), Visceral Dance Center (2007-present), and Joffrey Ballet Chicago (2010-11). Additionally, between 2007-11 she guest taught at the American College Dance Festival, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, Hampshire College, Beloit College, Grand Valley State University, and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Through a holistic approach to dance education Lemme’s classes merge critical thinking processes with skill building and art making. In addition to contemporary technique, she teaches ballet and jazz with an emphasis on whole-body connectivity.

A finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago, Lemme has been commissioned and presented by Thodos' New Dances, California Institute of the Arts, California State University—Long Beach, Columbia College, Loyola University, Grand Valley State University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Chance and Instruments of Movement. Thematically and physically, Lemme’s work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in her work.

Lemme has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater (2008-09), River North Dance Chicago (2005-08), RTG Dance (2005-06), Hedwig Dances (2004-06), and Instruments of Movement (2002-06), working with and performing choreography by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Frank Chaves, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alejandro Cervera.

She was a 2002 recipient of the Francis LeMoyne Page Theater Award from Princeton for distinctive acheivement in theater, a 2012 recipient of the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship and a 2013 recipient of the Sono Osato Scholarship, both for graduate study. Lemme is a founding member of the service project Tiger2Tiger, a Princeton alumni community lending program offering seniors the opportunity to pursue inspiring projects with immediate relevance and impact after graduation. Additionally, she is a visual artist specializing in abstract painting.

For more information please visit rebeccalemme.com