Interim Executive Director
Leah holds an M.F.A. in Dance and Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she received her secondary emphasis in Somatics for her studies in the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais method, BodyMind Centering, and much more. After growing up studying West African Guinean, Flamenco, and Middle Eastern dance, she studied dance in undergrad at Mills College in Oakland. Leah enjoyed an extensive performance career for over 11 years in the SF Bay Area where she danced for Loose Change Urban Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Afsaneh, Bad Unkle Sistah, and as a solo Transnational Fusion artist. She is an enthusiastic student of Tom Weksler who combines Contemporary dance, Acrobatics, Martial Arts, and Contact Improvisation, as well as a member of Ido Portal’s movement culture movement. She teaches floorwork, group improvisation, contemporary dance, and transcultural fusion dance. She is a certified Gyrokinesis & Gyrotonics Trainer, a certified Datura Style Transnational Fusion Dance Teacher, an ACE certified Personal Trainer, and an RYT at the 300-hour level.
HR and Communications
Angel is a yoga teacher of 18 years, but she is also a dancer, a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a sister. She has been a movement enthusiast at a young age, and was trained in Chinese classical and folk dance in her teen to early adulthood.
She stumbled upon Block 1750 in early 2015 looking for a studio space to practice yoga after a life altering experience. She immediately fell in love with the community at the Block and reignited her love for dance again. In addition to learning hip hop, breakdancing and contemporary at the Block, she is also studying Floor Flow and Pole dancing with Marlo Frisken. She is an avid aerialist for the last 4 years and a crazy snowboarder for the past 20 years. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and MS in Interior Design.
She brings her life experience, open mindedness, and years of contemplative practice to the role of HR and hopes to further nurture a harmonious, safe and thriving environment for dancers alike.
Taylor Madgett received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Emory University. She specializes in Hip-Hop dance and urban choreography. Taylor is currently a member of VisKosity dance company and Rennie Harris’ Grassroots training company. Her current research focuses on exploring identity and heritage through movement. Through this research she aims to make connections between Hip-Hop and African culture by tracing a direct lineage between the two.
Kids Program Coordinator
Vivian Kim, MFA, is a dance educator, choreographer and performer based in Colorado. She teaches at various institutions in, and out of state: the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Block 1750, Denver School of the Arts, to name a few. Vivian founded a street dance and contemporary fusion dance company, Viscosity Dance Collective, based in Boulder CO. Currently, Vivian trains in popping with Dassy Lee (Femme Fatale), and House and Hip-Hop with world-renown Hip-Hop choreographer Rennie Harris in his Denver-based company, Grassroots Project.
Changa is a poet/B-boy/human doing he’s best. He’s been a part of Block 1750 since day one building, cleaning and supporting in any way he can. He started as a B-boy in boulder training for the next battle and now he’s a full time poet bringing humor and joy to the scene. He is the founder and one of the organizers for Writers Block, and he is an organizer for the Mercury Slam: a poetry competition that happens weekly at The Mercury Cafe in Denver. Changa is always here for you.
Block 1750 is a community space dedicated to supporting human growth through various movement and arts based communities in Colorado. Our mission is to provide a home and support system to allow these communities to flourish. We offer affordable dance instruction for adults and kids in Boulder for all levels every weekday: from Hip Hop, Breaking and House to Contemporary and Modern (full schedule here). Most of our classes are drop-in based, and first class is free: so what are you waiting for??