who are we?

Left Side Labs, co-founded by Emma Batman & Mathew Heggem, is on a mission: to support the development of an arts community driven by innovation, entrepreneurship, and dance-making. As choreographers, this is a journey to create new dance content and craft that material into quality choreography and intelligent technique. Their dance work is presented in the form of workshops, seminars, classes, and performance events for a broad spectrum of audience members. But their work also comes in the form of collaborative programming and partnerships with community organizations on topics that matter to the sustainability of dance- making. Left Side Labs recently launched ARTSLAB, an arts entrepreneurship incubator program to train artists in critical business skills, and partner with local business organizations as part of an #ArtsMeetBiz initiative.


Mathew Heggem is co-founder of Left Side Labs, where he choreographs and performs in collaboration with Emma Batman.  As a dancer, he has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, ClancyWorks Dance Company, Clyde Forth Visual Theater, and Jennifer Monson. He was also a soloist for historical reconstructions of Ted Shawn and Doris Humphrey works as part of 'The Art of the Solo.'  For over 10 years, he has presented his own work at arts festivals, cabarets, and theaters throughout the Northeast, including: Cabaret Cataplexy; Queer Art Impact's 'Come As You Are' Festival and Gay Wars; various evenings at Dixon Place and The Tank; the New Dance Alliance's 'Performance Mix Festival', the Gloucester New Arts Festival and the Transmodern Festival, as part of a duet company, Kineasthesia, co-directed with artist Wendell Cooper. He was also an artist in residence for the acclaimed Djerassi Resident Artist Program.  As an arts educator, he has been on faculty at the Goucher Summer Arts Institute and Experimental Movement Concepts, was a resident artist for the Trinity College LaMaMa Summer Arts program, and taught workshops for various colleges, high schools and private performing arts institutions. Mathew holds a BA in Dance from Goucher College and completed a 2 year certification in Awareness Through Movement at The Feldenkrais Institute.

Emma Batman is a dance artist, choreographer and co-founder of LeftSide Labs. Emma has performed with numerous artists in NYC and internationally, including Roger C. Jeffrey, Giorgio Rossi, and Teriaca. Emma self-produced and premiered her first full length evening of work, in collaboration with Sound Designer Zac Mosely at the Center for Performance Research in 2010. The evening included a collaborative video and interactive art installment by Visual Artist Kathleya Afanador. Emma has also self-produced work at The Tank and has shown her work in venues and festivals throughout the city, including Cabaret Cataplexy, Gay Wars, White Wave Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Slipper Room; as well as regionally at Concord Academy as recipient of a choreographer’s scholarship program at Summer Stages Dance. Her work has also been performed internationally in Copenhagen, DK, Accademia Dell’Arte in Arrezo, IT and The House of Dino in Cortona, IT.  Emma has taught dance and movement at Peachtown Elementary School as part of their afterschool and summer programming. She also has given private adult fitness instruction to various clients. Emma holds a BA in Dance with a Minor in Peace Studies from Goucher College. Emma also works as a full time Executive in Manhattan and as well as a full time Mom.