Leila Lois

Leila Lois is a dancer and writer of Kurdish and Celtic heritage. Her poetry, essays and reviews have been published in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada by Southerly Journal, LA Review of Books, Honey Literary Journal, Right Now, Delving Into Dance and more.

Leila's Latest Articles

Shower Thots’. Figure in a green/blue dressing gown crouches over in a huddle on the tiles beside a pool, while holding a toothbrush between their toes.

Dance review: Shower Thots, Melbourne City Baths, Melbourne Fringe Festival

Dance at the pool offers amphibious playfulness and chlorinated whimsy.

Ballet Confidential. A two part image with a man in dark suit, white shirt and white tie with very defined cheekbones on the left and a book cover of the torsos of a male and dancer lifting a female dancer on the right.

Book review: Ballet Confidential by David McAllister

Behind the scenes of the glamorous world of tights, tiaras and tutus.


Dancing on a tightrope: young dancers creating independent work for Fringe

Melbourne Fringe Festival continues its legacy of promoting cultural democracy and emerging artists with an exciting dance program for 2023.


Iconoclastic and empowered: the new wave of Middle Eastern Australian women writers

MENA women writers are gaining momentum in major literary prizes and across the nation’s bookstores, but is this movement iconoclastic?


Dance review: Jewels, Arts Centre Melbourne

Pretty and charming traditional ballet, though it lacks gravitas.


Ballet review: Don Quixote, Arts Centre Melbourne

In its 60th anniversary year, The Australian Ballet is at the top of its form.


Dance review: SHOP I AM, Melbourne Fashion Festival

Experimental dance that explored whether fashion is intertwined with identity.


Dance review: I am Carisma

A playful and improvisational tribute to a lost friend.

Dance review: Dance X part 3

Dance as reflection and provocation in the last of the commissioned series.


Dance review: Kenneth MacMillan's Manon

A little staged romantic tragedy makes a triumphant return.

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