BIO
Leyya is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for DANCE ELIXIR. Under her direction since 2003, the company has enjoyed national tours and international engagements throughout Europe and the Middle East. Festival appearances include Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2010, Beirut International Platform On Dance 2009, Arab Dance Platform 2011 (Beirut), and the San Francisco International Arts Festival 2008 & 2011. Recent artist residencies include CAID (Detroit), PAF (France), Hotel Pupik (Austria), Studio Emad Eddin (Cairo) and Central City Artist Project (New Orleans). From 2007-2009 she was the Middlebury College (VT) Artist-In-Residence, during which time she choreographed and toured work to NYC, Montreal and Tabor, Czech Republic.

Tawil is engaged in a multi-national dialogue addressing identity, pedagogy and aesthetics. Since 1996, she has collaborated with scores of artists, including composers Christopher Keyes (1999-2008), Mark Gergis (2009-2010) and Mike Khoury (2006-- ). She is currently collaborating with music composer and technologist Lars J. Brouwer (Amsterdam-NL).

Tawil was born in Detroit,MI. She received her BDA in Dance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Music, and her MFA in Choreography from Mills College-Oakland. Tawil has received numerous grants and awards including the University of Michigan 2008 Emerging Artist Award and the 510 Arts Best of Oakland award for her dance film "Quieting Heart: Attempt #5". Her experimental films have been presented by Dances Made to Order (Los Angeles) and The Flea (NYC).

Tawil is also co-director of the TAC: Temescal Arts Center, a venue for experimental performance in Oakland, California.

Tawil has held faculty positions at Middlebury College (VT), the University of Michigan, University of San Francisco, and Sonoma State University (CA). She has held workshops in choreography and improvisation worldwide.