Leslie graduated with a Bachelor’s in Dance in 1998 from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. Leslie taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern at Art of Dance in Jacksonville, FL from 1996-1999. Soon after college, she began training in and teaching Ballroom, Latin and Swing.
In 1999, she became the co-director of a dance studio and performing Ballroom and Latin Company, Pharcyde Entertainment in Jacksonville. Leslie competed in International Latin and was a Rising Star finalist for 4 years. She also helped start a non-profit community outreach through Pharcyde Entertainment in the Jacksonville area to train children in partner dancing. Pharcyde Entertainment trained competitive couples to attend the 2004 AAU Junior Olympics with all couples placing in the top 3. Leslie, her partner, and Pharcyde Entertainment are featured in the book “Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry” by Juliet McMains.
Leslie has since taught at various studios and schools including: Pine Forest Elementary Arts Magnet School, Jacksonville, FL, Douglas Andersen School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL, American Dance Festival, Jacksonville University, Dance New York, NY, NY (owner, Edward Simon), You Can Dance, Hermosa Beach, CA (owners, Anna Trbunskaya & Jonathan Roberts of Dancing With The Stars). Some of her private lessons clients include Lisa Rinehart (wife of Mikhail Baryshnikov), Jared Leto and Salma Hayek (for the fillm “Lonely Hearts”). Leslie is happy to be back home near family and friends on the Gulf Coast and enjoys teaching all levels and ages of dancers.
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