R.I.P Nicki Orbach, my art teacher

Pink Dancing Watercolor by Lesley A. Powell 9 X 9 $75
Pink Dancing
Watercolor by Lesley A. Powell
9 X 9 $75

I started art again when I started a draft on the Bartehieff Fundamentals. I thought that I would illustrate the writing. I signed up for Anatomy for Artists with Nicki Orbach at the Arts students league.

Nicki has changed my life. She got me back to my creativity especially since I stopped dancing and choreographing. Nicki is a bit of rebel. Her teaching supports you wherever you are in your process. She does not teach about being technical perfect in your drawing but finding your inner voice.

Even with her being sick the last couple of years, she always brought inspiration to the class with her lectures about artists,perception and anatomy.  She created a unique experience for all to grow and feel creative.  Her spirit was extraordinary.   We will missed her greatly


Published by Lesley A. Powell

Lesley Powell received a BFA-Dance from Temple University in 1978. She choreographed her own work and presented throughout the tri-state. Lesley was on the faculty of Drew University from 1991-2001, teaching classes in modern dance, dance history and choreography. She has been a teacher at Dr. Bacharach’s Osteopathic Center for Sports and Dance Medicine and JRW, and a physical therapy practice using Pilates for rehabilitation. She received a certificate in the Franklin Method March 2007. Lesley has been training Pilates teachers since 1999 first with the PhysicalMind Institure and now Balanced Body. She is now faculty for Balanced Body University, a Pilates Certification program, since 2007. Lesley continues to teach at Movements Afoot as well as guest lecturer internationally sharing her expertise on the body and fitness.

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