General Manager

Dancing since the age of six, Lay’la (Lie-yay-la) Kesi Rogers is a Chicago born – Las Vegas native. Lay’la attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she danced professionally with the Red Desert Dance Co. & West Las Vegas Arts Center while receiving a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. Believing in the power of dance and education, Lay’la has taught and performed nationally and internationally; her most recent adventures include the Korean National Sports University in South Korea and Uganda with the Kisubi University. A graduate from New York University, with an MA/MFA dual degree from Steinhardt School of Education & Tisch School of the Performing Arts, Lay’la has dedicated her career as a dance scholar to researching, creating, & implementing anti-racist and holistic dance pedagogy. In 2019, Lay’la had the honor of presenting twice; one in the form of a curriculum, Intercultural Pedagogy in Community Engagement (IPCE), founded on the integration of technical dance skills, student cultural heritage, and community engagement; and the other in the form of a proposal entitled, Reassessing the Dance Educators scope on Cultural integration: Retaining Students of Color in the dance classroom at the National Dance Educators Organization Conference (NDEO). Her most recent accomplishment is presenting for the Tisch Dance department’s Community Forum and at St. Mark’s Church on Combating Racism in Dance Higher Education. Layla will utilize her gifts as a dance scholar to continue to bring awareness and allyship to causes such as BLM, women’s rights, & LGBTQ+ rights in the most creative ways possible. Lay’la worked as the Inaugural Rights and Arts Management Associate for the Merce Cunningham Trust and dances professionally throughout the city of New York, currently with the choreographers, Hope Boykin and André Zachary. Lay’la currently works for the Stephen Petronio Company as the company’s General Manager.