Rosalia Lerner is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City.
Rosalia knew early on that her drive to dance could not be stopped. She credits movement as an integral part of her survival, something which has sustained her throughout her life. At 18, she trained at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Ballet in Europe and then spent two years dancing in New York City. She received her B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and presented choreography in San Francisco, such as at The Feedback and The LEVYdance Salon. She dances, and choreographs in the bay area, most recently with Unfinished People, the movement based performance group she founded earlier this year.
As a researcher academically and in her artistic work, Rosalia is interested in performance of chronic pain in contemporary dance culture and the techniques, cultures, styles, and companies that make space for non-hegemonic bodies to move. How is chronic pain held in the body and how is it performed in everyday life? She is actively working and looking for ways to decentralize dance culture around the hegemonic structures of ballet and make movement a happy place for everyone.