Leah received her early training at the Raleigh School of Ballet, studying under Mary LeGere in Raleigh, North Carolina. There, she performed numerous classical and contemporary works as a member of the pre-professional ballet company Raleigh Dance Theatre. As a high school student, Leah also performed corps de ballet roles with Carolina Ballet in works by George Balanchine, Robert Weiss, and other full-length ballets.
In 2015, Leah graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and completed Charlotte Ballet’s (formerly North Carolina Dance Theater) Certificate in Professional Training program, studying under Patricia McBride, Delia Neil, Gretchen Alterowitz, Kathryn Moriarty, and Mark Diamond. As a member of the UNC Charlotte Dance Ensemble she performed in several concerts, including “Symphonic Dances from Across the World” in collaboration with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and participated in ACDA. Leah was also chosen to perform Martha Graham’s “Panorama” (1935), re-staged by Kim Jones on the same program as the Martha Graham Dance Company.
As Ballet Mistress at the School of Evansville Ballet, Leah taught pre-professional students, led rehearsals, and performed soloist roles. During summer intensives she helped organize summer intensives which included teaching, coordinating guest teachers’ activities, weekly schedules, as well as end-of-summer showcases. Leah is proud to have worked for the non-profit Kids Dance Outreach, an affiliate program of National Dance Institute, which brings dance and live music to public school students in Indianapolis, Indiana. Leah Bailey recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University, where she was a Legacy Fellow.
Most recently, Leah served as adjunct faculty at Florida State University and co-coordinator of the FSU School of Dance Conditioning Studio.