Leslie is a bellydance instructor and professional bellydancer with over a decade of experience located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about this Middle Eastern art form, and has focused much of her dance training and performance on Raqs Sharqi and Cabaret stylizations.
Leslie performs regularly at local events and festivals, as well as private events and parties. Her performances are known for being full of energy and sparkle.
When she isn't performing solo, she performs with Blush Bellydance Company and is the captain of the Edmonton Salimpour Collective. Leslie is also honoured to be a long distance member of Bal Anat, the longest running bellydance troupe in the world. In 2018, Bal Anat is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a world tour.
Leslie is also passionate about quality and responsible dance instruction, rooted in her own ongoing education and growth. She develops long term relationships with her students to keep them motivated and growing in their personal dance. She teaches beginner to advanced level classes, with an emphasis on technique based on the Salimpour formats. Leslie also hosts Level 5 Instructors from the Salimpour School on a regular basis. Leslie is certified Level 3 in the Suhaila Salimpour Format, and Level 2 in the Jamila Salimpour Format. She is a dedicated and long time member of the Salimpour School.
In 2018, Leslie began teaching Garuda (a pilates based exercise) at True Movement Studios. She finds it not only to be complimentary to her own dance practice, but also amazing for dealing with chronic injuries and pain. Join her in class to see the benefits for yourself.