Photo by Paul B. Goode (courtesy of Leah Cox)

Former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member Leah Cox knew it was time to make the transition from performer to educator when she started feeling selfish. “I felt I'd spent enough time in the company," Cox says. “I was beginning to discover that entirely different world that becomes available when you approach dance as an educator, versus as a performer." When Bard College approached Bill T. Jones in 2009 about forming an education partnership, Cox jumped at the chance to head it up. She's now education director of New York Live Arts—downtown dance venue and home base for Bill T. Jones—as well as a master teaching artist during the National YoungArts Foundation's YoungArts Week. Over the course of one week in January, Cox and Jones will work with YoungArts alumni in Miami to create an interdisciplinary work.

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