ALL ABOUT ME
A Third Generation Dance Instructor
LA (Leslie Ann) Dysart has studied dance since the age of two and a half. She is a third generation dance instructor originally from Ithaca, NY, where her grandparents started their family dance academy in 1935. They were both professional Ballroom dancers, and her mother and aunt carried on the tradition as Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
LA has trained in Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater, Pointe, and Tap. She began training at her family studio, the Ithaca Academy of Dance in Ithaca, NY, then continued her training at Broadway Dance Center, NY, NY. LA has studied with such teachers as; Jazz Master Frank Hatchett, Sheila Barker, Pam Chancey, Rhapsody, Germaine Salsberg, Tracie Stanfield, Jason Samuels, Chloe Arnold, Malin Zaki, Brian Friedman, Jo Rowan, Patricia Dickinson, Greg Russel, Rob Mackey, Finis Jung,
David Howard, Densil Adams, Ellie Potts, Patricia Oplotnik, Tap Masters Debbie Dee and Phil Black, and many other phenomenal instructors.
Ms. LA has over 24 years experience as an assistant and associate teacher, which has allowed her the opportunity to travel across the country to attend such workshops as; Dance Olympus, Dance Caravan, The Pulse, American Dance Projekt, Dance Makers Inc., the Master Teacher Workshop at Oklahoma City University Department of Dance, and Master Jazz Workshop with the late Frank Hatchett, at Broadway Dance Center, NYC on National Dance Day.
Most recently she completed her module one Acrobatic Arts certification in Thornton, CO, is a member of Rocky Mountain Rhythm, Colorado's first tap company.
LA has received numerous national and overall performance awards, and has had the opportunity to travel with Dance Olympus as a member of their VIP program for young dancers, assist with the Rockette Experience in NYC, and has also been a performance dancer for Pollyanna Dorough, a Latin Pop artist, at the Winter Olympic Games torch ceremony in Orlando, FL. She was also a member of Asher Dance Eclectic, an able and mobile-bodied dance company based in Tampa, FL, and co-directed, choreographed, and performed in their show “White Hot Broadway”.
Ms. LA has also done choreography for local schools and theater companies in such musicals as “Guys and Dolls”, “Grease”, “Anne of Green Gables”, “Oliver!”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Peter Pan”, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, “A Wrinkle in Time”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Annie”. Ms. LA was also the owner, instructor, and choreographer of the Brooksville Dance Academy and Kicks & Co., a Teaching Artist for the VSA of FL, and the resident choreographer for the United Methodist Dance Team and Live Oak Theatre Company in Brooksville, FL.
After moving to Colorado she began teaching dance at the Gilpin County Community Center. Soon after LA became the choreographer for the Gilpin County Middle/High School Theater Department, and then co-founded the Gilpin Elementary Theatre Department.
Ms. LA lives in Central City with her husband Paul, and two children Aaron and Aliza. She currently teaches dance in Gilpin County, Applewood, Littleton, and South East Denver. LA hopes to inspire students with her knowledge and love of dance, while teaching a wide range of technique and style. In her classes she creates a positive atmosphere to help dancers develop self-esteem, confidence, and poise by focusing on the true value of character and teamwork.