As a seven year old, Leanne was introduced to the exciting world of dance. Her passion for this fun, energetic and enjoyable art form grew over the years and allowed her to follow her dream of teaching others.
Having qualified as an ISTD teacher, Leanne opened her own dance school in 2005 and LESTA was born.
Sixteen years later, she moved into her own dance studios and is delighted to welcome past, existing and new students to her wonderful, purpose-built space. Leanne loves teaching and enjoys nurturing the talents of her students, seeing them blossom and grow as people as well as dancers. LESTA is a friendly, welcoming school and embraces everyone who wants to enjoy the wonderful world of dance and musical theatre.
Fun Fact: Leanne used to work in a letting agent dealing with the administration and letting contracts. This job has really helped Miss Leanne’s administration for the school.
College and Performing
Leanne has performed in many locally based theatre shows, including lead roles in Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, Oliver!, 42nd Street, Annie and Calamity Jane and has performed in two professional pantomimes.
She has also danced at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, performed in a charity gala on the stage of the London Palladium (twice) and Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Leanne choreographed two professional musicals that ran at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals and toured the South East. She choreographed Janus Theatre Company’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” which received critical acclaim from a renowned West End producer following its production at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and Five Star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.