Bringing the Art of Belly Dance
Leanna began her dance career as a member of the Cheerforce Tigers all-star cheerleading team. Competing across North America, they won numerous competitions including provincial, national, and grand-championship titles. Since 2006, Leanna has dedicated her career to raqs sharqi (Oriental Dance/ Belly Dance). She has studied with notable instructors such as Mahmoud Reda, Aida Nour, Yasmina Ramzy, Tito Seif, Randa Kamel, Melissa Gamal and many more local and international artists.
Over the years, Leanna has had many memorable dance experiences. Recently, she has shared the stage numerous times with Hany Morgan, lead drummer for Egypt's famous El Tanoura Dance Troupe. Filmed in 2016, she played a bellydancer on the CW Network Series ‘Reign’. In 2015 she danced alongside Cirque du Soleil in the PanAm Opening Ceremony. This event was seen by a sold out crowd of 45,000 and had over 400 million TV viewers. She took part in her first full-scale production ‘Sawah’ at the Fleck Dance Theatre with a cast of over 40 dance and musical artists from Toronto and Montreal. Other performance highlights include; the International Stage at the CNE (2016, 2017) and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (2014-2018). Leanna also performs regularly as an ensemble and soloist with the Arabesque Entertainment Agency and is a lead dancer of Arabesque Dance Company.
Watch out for local performances at The Casbah and summer Art Crawls alongside The Bellas, her performing troupe.
Belly dancing is not simply about movement, it is about empowering you to love your body and to live your daily life with renewed self-esteem. We place a lot of importance on your personal growth and development at BellaDance, and we will motivate you to become a new person through our teachings of health, discipline and movement.