LEIGH HILARY LEE
Leigh, a native of Portland, Oregon, began her dance training at an early age and became serious about it when she moved to Vancouver, BC in 1988. Her training was in all realms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, modern, and hip-hop. After graduating from the Langley Fine Arts School, she ventured to the Oklahoma City University Dance Program and joined the renowned dance company, “The American Spirit Dancers”. Her university education also includes the modern/ballet program at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Leigh’s performing career took off when she decided to move to Los Angeles in 1997, where she worked for a year at the Edge Performing Arts Center in their work-study program. After contracts with both Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines, she decided to make her home back in Vancouver. There she worked in films including Scooby Doo 2, Saving Silverman, and Dudley Do-Right, she performed with Vancouver Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team and in the stage production of 42nd Street with the Royal City Musical Theatre Company. Leigh then landed commercials for Dr. Atkins, Royal Caribbean International, and choreographed for Barbie Mattel. Recently, Leigh had the opportunity to dance along side Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin on the TV series The L Word and dance in the Nickelodeon movie “Rags”.
Leigh started teaching throughout the Greater Vancouver Area and now is co-owner of Dance in Motion dance studio in Abbotsford, BC. Graduates of Leigh’s can been seen dancing for Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, Disney,and Holland America Cruise Lines, as well as for artists such as Michael Buble, Mariannas Trench, Nelly Furtado, Anjulie, Gina Starbuck, and more.
Leigh’s teaching and choreography credits include Groove Nation (Vancouver, WA), Extreme Dance Force, Groovestreet Productions, the American College Dance Festival in Wichita, Kansas, Wichita State University, Harbour Dance Centre, The Source Dance Company, Danzmode Productions, and Pacific Dance Arts. Leigh has adjudicated for Thunderstruck Canada, Peak Invitational, Dance Power, Shyanne Dance Festival, Dance Extreme, Dance Magic, and Alberta Dance Festival. In 2011 Leigh started Elevate Dance Crew and in 2012 she had her third baby boy!!