Saturdays at 11 AM, AGES 3-5, 8-classes $80, drop-in $12

STARTING THIS SATURDAY 4/6/13 – 6/1/13     (No class 4/20/13)

Instructor Leigh Donlan Butler

Ms. Donlan is from Long Beach, California where she began dance training at the age of three. Classically trained in Russian technique, Ms. Donlan has danced professionally since the age of 20 and began teaching ballet at 16.

In addition to classical ballet, she studied and taught a variety of other dance techniques, including modern, African, Middle Eastern, and Renaissance. She trained under such teachers as Marilyn Drown of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Arlene Brackett of the Boston Ballet, and Sheree King of the Rudy Perez Dance Company/Twyla Tharp. She also studied at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, California, Jimmy DeFore’s of Costa Mesa, California, The Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, and the Washington Ballet. Most recently, Ms. Donlan danced professionally with the Alexandria Ballet Company from 2002- 2005. She became the Director of the Athenaeum School of Ballet from 2005- 2007, and started a Special Needs ballet program for children with Cerebral Palsy. Displaying a passion for all art forms, she became vice president of Beck Records in Hollywood in 2002.  Ms. Donlan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Oregon, and studied Professional Writing and Public Relations at Georgetown University. She was faculty and artistic staff for the Washington Ballet in Washington DC from 2007- 2009 where she received the title of Children’s Ballet Mistress.