"Nobody has impacted my dance style and movement quality as much as Leanne has over the past few years. I’ve grown up in a studio where a lot of emphasis has been placed on technique, and until I took Leanne’s contemporary class, I never realized that dance is so much more than how many turns you can do or how high you can lift your leg. A few years ago, I was just that “bendy girl” who could do some cool acro tricks and pretty much nothing else. Through Leanne’s classes, I’ve been able to discover my own way of movement that I never thought I could achieve. I would not be the dancer or person I am today without her insanely creative and intricate combos or her constant encouragement to experiment and try new things. Leanne puts 100% effort into making her choreography the absolute best it can be, and I know that I can always count on her to give me honest corrections. I only get to see her for Skype rehearsals this year, but having her on a screen is more than I could ever ask for. I’m so lucky that I get this amazing, inspiring role model in my life!"
– Daniella Medvedovski, March 2019
"Leanne is by far one of my favorite teachers, choreographers, and people. Leanne radiates positive energy in every class and rehearsal. She sincerely cares about her dancers. Leanne’s choreography is special in that it allows for students to find their unique niche within the movement. Rather than focusing on turns or extreme flexibility, Leanne’s style capitalizes on dynamics and accents. Over the time I have spent working with Leanne I have not only seen improvement in my actual dancing but I have also felt my passion for dancing grow. Her love for the art is contagious. She is truly special in her ability to stretch her students while remaining uplifting and encouraging. There is no doubt that time spent dancing with Leanne is always time well spent.”
– Lilly Meaney, March 2019
"As a parent of a girl who has been dancing competitively for nine years, I can confidently say that Leanne has been a pleasure to work with. She clearly communicates rehearsal schedules and fees. She is flexible and understanding when conflicts arise. Her choreography is creative, unique and award winning. Leanne rekindled my daughter’s love for dance with her charismatic personality, teaching style and fun but challenging classes. As a mother, I have so enjoyed the light in my daughter's eyes and the joy with which she performs a dance choreographed by Leanne. She has been a very special mentor and friend and a privilege to work with."
– Claudine Meaney, March 2019
“Leanne is one of the most inspiring, amazing, and down to earth teachers I have had the pleasure of learning from in my dance career. I love Leanne’s classes because her energy and passion for dance is contagious. Her choreography is intricate, expressive, and challenging. Leanne allows room for all dancers to grow and explore their own form of expression within her choreography. She also gives attention to each individual student in class, which is how we formed such a personable and unique bond. Leanne always pushes me to explore musicality and find the simple moments that make dance beautiful. I have learned so much not only about dance but about life through Leanne and am so grateful for all she has taught me.”
– Lindsey Gaardsmoe, 8/22/16
“For starters, Leanne's personality really sets up the class with good energy. She makes an effort to know every new student and remembers their name the next class. I've also noticed she does shout outs throughout the class to students, which is great to know that you're being noticed and recognized. I have not taken a class like Leanne's in years. There are few classes for me that really make me whole-heartedly feel like the class is affecting every part of me. Body, mind, and soul. I leave every class feeling refreshed physically and mentally. Her class is fun and challenging. There has never been a time where I have to drag myself to her class. I look forward to it and only make plans for her class on Thursday nights. I will miss her energy and class. She will shine light and impact every dancer she crosses!”
– Kat Alvarado, 8/23/16
“Coming from a strict ballet background, in my later years of my dance career I felt the need for something more out of my dancing. It wasn’t until Leanne choreographed a piece on my high school dance class that I really fulfilled that need for something more. What attracted me to Leanne’s choreography was her thought and meaning behind each step, and her unique interpretation of lyrical and musical cues. Her choreography is a perfect blend of technique, musicality, and raw emotion. In her classes, she creates a personal and comfortable environment for her students to feel safe to try new things and explore the range of their abilities. From warm up to combination Leanne always has an encouraging smile on her face and an honest want to help her students get the most out her class. In the short summer I have known Leanne, she has taught me to push myself to my own boundaries and she has pulled out real emotion in me that I didn’t know was even accessible through my dancing, and for that I am forever grateful.”
– Cailyn Genewick, age 16, 8/24/16
Leanne with students including Karli Jo (center)
Leanne with Student, Daniella Medvedovski
"Leanne is one of those rare teachers who inspire her students beyond what they believe is possible for themselves. She is firm, but patient. She makes learning fun, but challenging. In addition to teaching both of my girls tap and lyrical, she choreographed my daughter's competition jazz solo. Leanne helped her so much technically, but also helped her believe in herself."
– Gayle Wintjen, January 2019
Leanne with Student, Lindsey Gaardsmoe