In 2009, Leann received 2nd place at the Dance Under the Stars choreography competition at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, performing the duet choreography “Silk or Satin” by Mike Esperanza. She also performed at the McCallum as a finalist in 2007, performing the solo choreography “The Door” by Marie de la Palme.
Sharing her passion for movement and artistry as a dance educator, Leann has served as adjunct faculty at Chapman University, UC Irvine, and Riverside Community College. She was the Artistic Director of the Jimmie DeFore Dance Center for 15 years, where she taught technique and performance classes, headed the teen performance company, co-directed the scholarship program, and co-directed the faculty choreography showcase “PULSE” each January. Leann has been an artist in residence at Santa Ana College, Mt. San Antonio College, and Saddleback College and in the states of Arizona and Montana. She has set over one hundred choreographic works across the L.A. and Orange County areas on various dance companies and in high schools such as Evoke Dance Company, Long Beach Ballet, Laguna Beach HS, Mater Dei HS, Huntington Beach APA, OCSA, Sunny Hills HS, Long Beach Polytechnic HS, Santa Margarita HS, San Clemente HS, Woodbridge HS, Dana Hills HS, El Dorado HS, Valencia HS, and Wilson HS. Leann has recently become a choreographer in residence for freeFall Theater Company in St. Petersburg, Florida, Artistic Director Eric Davis.
Leann is delighted to be the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Dance at Santa Ana College where she relishes in her role as an educator and choreographic designer, and has a constant desire to share her knowledge with others and encourage them to thrive. She inspires dancers to be individual, spontaneous, and forward thinking, as well as motivated to contribute to the strong development of community.