Leslie Carothers is a Los Angeles native who began her early ballet training in Pasadena with Evelyn LeMone and Tedd Welsch.
After training with San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School and Joffrey Ballet School, she joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1980 where she danced principal roles in the company for the next 9 years in works by Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley and Jiri Kylian, amongst many others. In addition, leading roles were created for her by Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, William Forsythe, Marjorie Mussman and Philip Jerry.
From 1991 to 2000, as a Principal Dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Leslie danced the title roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and many of the ballets of George Balanchine, amongst other works.
From 2005 to 2014, Leslie taught ballet at The Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she served as Dance Department Director and Ballet Chair. Leslie has created choreography for dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Colburn School, Pasadena Dance Theatre, The Finnish National Ballet School and her work was chosen for the Pacific Regional Ballet Festival, where she was awarded the organization's National Choreography Award.
Leslie is a ZENA ROMMETT FLOOR BARRE® Certified Instructor.
You can join Leslie's intermediate and advanced ballet class at DAA every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Studio B.