Leah Stephens Smith was born in El Paso, Texas. Her family moved shortly after to Monroe, Louisiana where she received most of her training at the Linda Lavender School of Dance. She was also a performing member for many years with Twin City Ballet. She has performed in many leading roles including: Victoria Vittum’s “Bolero” and Snow Queen in “Nutcracker” among others. Leah received 2nd place in the contemporary division of the Youth America Grand Prix in Denver, Colorado, she was also chosen to represent the Twin City Ballet Company in a collaborative work of choreography for the International Ballet Competition. Her most recent piece of choreography, “Influentia”, was selected as emerging choreography to be performed at the regional festival of the the Southwest Region of Regional Dance America in March of 2014.
Ms. Smith teaches many styles of dance including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap.
Music has always been a part of Leah’s life. Because of this, she has a strong appreciation for music and what can be created through it. She is very passionate about teaching and believes in nurturing the hearts of children, while instilling in them a love for the art form and an appreciation for the beauty that is created through movement.
Ballet Center of Houston welcomed Leah to the faculty in August 2014.