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Lee Ordeman is an actor and teacher of movement, living in Washington, DC. He studied dance at Williams College and the University of Sussex and briefly the Laban Centre at the University of London. He lived many years in Japan, where he studied various movement forms, including contemporary dance, butoh and martial arts. He studied for five years with choreographer Kei Takei and performed internationally with her dance company Moving Earth. While in Japan he also became an instructor of Shintaido, a holistic way of movement training based in Japanese martial and spiritual traditions. During this period and since, he has traveled broadly and studied Sufism and movement with Sheik Ingo Taleb Rashid of the Naqshbandi Rashiddiya. After ten years in Japan, he returned to the U.S. and eventually turned to acting, earning an MFA from Catholic University in Washington, where he works as a stage and film actor. He teaches movement to students of all ages and interests, including actors and dancers and business people, and he consults on stage productions. He is a faculty member of El Haddawi Winter School in Bavaria, a member of the International Shintaido College, and a member of Actors' Equity, the professional union of stage actors.
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