Middle Space Dance is a container for choreographic and improvisational experiments in live performance. Amelia and Leah, long time collaborators, create work alive in the present, embracing play, and leaving room for failure. Their current research includes the search for glamour within mundane spaces and experiences. They are good at letting things go and bad at giving things enough time.  

They have been supported through residencies at Centre Pompadour, Chez Bushwick, The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Chashama , and University Settlement. They have presented work in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, Massachusetts, France, and beyond. 

Leah Fournier is an improvisor, dancer, and dance-maker born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. She has collaborated with and performed in works by artists including Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Sara Shelton Mann, Jennifer Polins, Selene Carter, Emily Lukasewski, and is currently in process with Barbie Diewald and Shaina Cantino. She has been part of numerous site specific performances including Mill Town with Stephan Koplowitz at the Bates Dance Festival in 2017, at The Yard and along the Martha’s Vineyard coastline with OceA Wilderness Dance in 2015, and at the Indiana University Art Museum in 2013 and 2014. She graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, focused in Contemporary Dance. Leah currently resides in Easthampton, MA with her cat, Chewie, where she works and teaches at The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought and Pioneer Valley Ballet.

  Amelia Koper Heintzelman is a performer and maker based in NYC. In addition to the work she has done with middle space, she has been a Performance Project Fellow at University Settlement and Associate Artist studying under Deborah Hay at Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work has been presented at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH), Lubov Gallery (NYC), Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn), and other spaces throughout the US and France. She has performed with Alexis Zaccarello (NYC), Pheobe Berglund (NYC), Juli Brandano (NYC), and Christine Bonansea Company (NYC/Berlin). She teaches Comedy Pilates and non comedy yoga and occasionally will lead a mediocre dance class. www.ameliakh.com