Contemporary Jazz & Jazz Funk

Leo's extensive training began at the age of 8 on a full scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet (under the direction of Helgi Tomasson) and continued for 10 years. Leo studied ballet, jazz, modern, blues, Afro Haitian, and choreography under the direction of Elvia Marta at the School of the Arts San Francisco. His training was also with the Dance Company of SF, under the direction of Chris Jacobsen, where he studied contemporary, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz and studied backup dancing at Push Entertainment under the direction of Denise Lee.

Leo has danced in the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker from 1994-2002, in 1994 also dancing in Ruslan with the San Francisco Opera. In transition of becoming a commercial dancer he has choreographed/assisted/danced for artists such as Carlos Santana, Jackie Chan, Paula Abdul and 50 Cent to name a few. As a company dancer, he has performed for choreographers such as Dee Caspary, Justin Giles & Chris Jacobsen. Currently pursuing a career as choreographer/instructor, he has toured as a convention teacher for LA Dance Magic & iHollywood dance, and now guest teaching in dance events for Universities and numerous dance events across the country.




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