Leah’s thirteen years of combined dance experience started unofficially in her childhood living room and officially in the studios of Oregon Ballet Theater, where she trained in the pre-professional program for five years. After ballet, Leah explored other forms of dance, training most intensively with Tracey Durbin and Maricella Devine (Portland based) in Luigi jazz technique and funk-based hip hop respectively. Leah has focused the most recent chapter of her movement life on circus arts, specializing in aerial rope and straps. She received her most formative circus training at the San Francisco Circus Center and under the coaching of Portland-based straps artist Shersten Finley. Leah is a an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and a hip hop dance instructor by profession, and describes her dance style as gritty, evocative, emancipated and full of contrast.