Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Dane LeAnna, or Ms. Dane as the kids call her, began her formal dance training at the Eugene Ballet Academy under the direction of Sara Lombardi. In 2011, Ms. Dane was asked to become an apprentice with the Eugene Ballet Company by artistic director Toni Pimble. There, she performed and toured Corps de Ballet roles in Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker, and was also featured as a soloist in an original work choreographed by Ms. Pimble called Concerto Grosso.
To enhance her training, Ms. Dane received scholarships to attend summer programs including Houston Ballet (twice), Kansas City Ballet and Summer Dance Lab in Washington.
In 2013, Ms. Dane received a full merit scholarship from The Kenan Institute for the Arts to attend The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) under Dean of Dance, Susan Jaffe. At UNCSA, she performed various roles in Ethan Steifel’s The Nutcracker including Spanish, Snow, and Waltz of the Flowers. Other works include former Dean of Dance, Susan McCullough’s Sonnet and Fugue, Helen Pickett’s Petal, La Bayadère coached by Natalia Makarova, Goyo Montero’s Alrededor No Hay Nada, and Carnival of the Animals choreographed by Alexei Kremnev.
After graduating from UNCSA in 2017 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ms. Dane moved to Atlanta where she began her professional career as a Freelance Artist and Dance Teacher. Finding Still Pointe was a wonderful gift brought through her and Mrs. Rogers shared connection with UNCSA and all the puzzle pieces just seemed to fall right into place! Ms. Dane immediately fell in love with Still Pointe’s kind, gracious, and welcoming environment, along with teaching its delightful students. Since then, she’s performed with Dance Canvas, under the direction of Angela Harris, for 2 consecutive years, and most recently danced in La Traviata with the Atlanta Opera. Ms. Dane is looking forward to her next project with Found Stages, an immersive, site-specific theater in Atlanta, where she will play the Monster’s Bride in their rendition of Frankenstein’s Funeral in October of 2019.
Apart from dance, Ms. Dane has always had a keen interest in the human body. In college, her favorite subject (apart from dance of course) was Anatomy & Physiology. As a result, she received her 200-hour certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2015 and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and physical strength in her classes.
Ms. Dane is so excited to return for her 3rd year with Still Pointe. Being a part of the Still Pointe family has brought her so much joy. It is truly her home away from home!