Hello. I am Leila, I’m a UK based dance artist, I grew up in Southern California and have lived in London for 20 years. My artistic practice pulls on tools from David Zambrano’s Flying Low and Passing Through methods, improvisation and imagery with collaboration at the heart of all processes.

I seek to draw on personal experience when creating work as a means of what drives my creativity, and new work, Curl of Hair, is no exception, an idea born out of my own personal story.

As part of my research for Curl of Hair, I am seeking stories and experiences of others that are anchored in duality, shame, identity and conflict.

If you are happy to share your thoughts, please click here to read my story and find the questionnaire of 3 questions.

All completed questionnaires and shared stories are anonymous with the option to leave your email to be updated on Leila’s work. The answers will be kept in confidence and will not be shared on social media or any other online outlets and will only be used by Leila McMillan for her research. Feel free to answer any and/or all of the questions which you can relate to.

This questionnaire is suitable for ages 18 and over.

If you are affected by any of the themes or topics related to this research, here are some tools or support groups that might interest you:






As part of her research for Curl of Hair, Leila would also like to invite you to participate in Shadow Dancing and Shadow Dancing for Families. Two ‘How-To’ videos to get you and your shadow dancing and invites you to playfully take part:

– What does your shadow look like?
– Have you said hello to your shadow today?
– Have you danced with your shadow? What makes our shadow?

The videoes will be released here on our website from 11AM, Thursday 11 June. You can there share you creative ideas on video with Leila. For more details about this please click here.

This research is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.