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Lesley grew up in Swansea, Illinois, and received her early dance training at the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. She studied at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in The Netherlands and holds a B.F.A. from Purchase College. She is a member of the Mark Morris Dance group, first performing with MMDG in 2007 and becoming a company member in 2011. Garrison is fully certified in mat and equipment Pilates through the Kane School of Core Integration and is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Vida. She teaches Pilates and modern dance at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center and in masterclasses worldwide. Garrison has had the honor of being a teaching artist for the renowned Dance for PD® program since 2011. Her choreography has been presented at the Mark Morris Dance Center, SUNY Purchase, Ailey Fordham and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, at the Smithsonian Institution.

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August 2022

Monday 8/8 -- 5:30-6:30pm


Mark Morris Dance Center (hybrid)

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Wednesday 8/9 -- 6:30-8pm


Mark Morris Dance Center (hybrid)

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Saturday 8/20 -- 10-11:30am


Mark Morris Dance Center (hybrid)

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Tuesday 8/23 -- noon-1:30pm


Mark Morris Dance Center (hybrid)

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Wednesday 8/24 -- 2:15-3:15pm


Mark Morris Dance Center

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Performance Reviews

"It’s worth adding that Garrison, outstanding for several reasons among the company’s women, is deepening her spell, with an intensely affective quality that’s rare anywhere." - Alastair Macaulay 

"the most vividly suggestive of diverse moods" - Alastair Macaulay (New York Times)

"She gave the solo a look of gale-force wildness, as she whipped and rippled her arms, and spun into a blur." - Sarah L. Kaufman (Washington Post)

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I started taking classes with Lesley almost ten years ago, after a long hiatus from dance. Her Modern and Pilates classes have since become a core part of my life here in New York. I love moving with her – she is a highly skilled teacher  – but it’s her enthusiasm, empathy, and humor that I really appreciate and value. She always creates a supportive environment, even when teaching more challenging phrases, and I’ve learned so much by studying with her. It’s also just super fun being in her class!

Helen Georgas