Leanne started dancing at the tender age of seven. In the 32 years since, she has progressed through the ISTD curriculum attaining her teacher qualifications with FDI and DDE in Ballet, Tap and Modern.
She has gained her Licentiate in Tap and Modern and hopes to become an ISTD examiner in the future.Leanne is also an approved tutor of the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College, coaching the DDI & DDE qualifications on a part time basis.
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
Leanne has been principal of LESTA since 2005 and has thoroughly enjoyed working with all of the children and older pupils in that time. She is proud to have such talented pupils and teachers and is hoping to develop the school over the coming years.