Leigh Schanfein

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Leigh Schanfein is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher as well as an independent researcher in the fields of kinesiology and biomechanics.

Leigh has trained and performed across the USA and abroad in modern, ballet, and contemporary dance, and for the last 11 years professionally as a freelance artist in NYC. She has performed with companies such as City Ballet of San Diego, Indelible Dance, Christopher Caines Dance Company, Yoo and Dancers, and the Park Avenue Armory, and has guested with Benjamin Briones Ballet, New American Youth Ballet, Lafayette Ballet, and CONNetic Dance. She has performed in commercial productions including on stage with comedian Hannibal Buress as part of the Oddball Comedy Tour, during Fashion Week NYC for designers such as Malan Breton, and for brands such as Xerox, Suave, Oreo, and Estee lauder. Leigh is a former Director of Dance for Periapsis Music and Dance,where her choreography was described as "gorgeous and lush." She teaches regularly with NYC Community Ballet, has subbed at the major NYC open studios, and is a regular guest instructor and choreographer for dance schools in Indiana, Montana, California, Idaho, and Connecticut. She is also a contributing journalist for Dance Informa Magazine.

Leigh received her M.S. degree in kinesiology with a specialization in biomechanics from Purdue University, and her B.S. degree in animal physiology and neuroscience with a minor in dance from the University of California San Diego. As a graduate student, she received multiple awards for her research with dancers including two awards through the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Her research has focused on the mechanisms by which humans control balance and how sensory feedback is integrated for the control of posture. From 2012-2018, Leigh worked as a research associate at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, part of NYU Langone Health. Her research there covered a wide range of topics concerning injury prevention among dancers. Leigh has taught courses in health, motor development, biomechanics lab, and stress at Purdue University, and anatomy at Peridance Capezio Center. In 2015, she joined the faculty at Barnard College as adjunct lecturer of biomechanics in the department of dance, and co-founded Dance Dissection in 2018.

Current Classes 

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Tues
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Open
Leigh
Stretch and Strengthen
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ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

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Leigh Schanfein
Mon
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intermediate/Advanced
Leigh/Tiffany
Ballet Int/Adv Morning Class
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This class follows a traditional ballet class format, starting at the barre focusing on posture and alignment, continuing with stretching and strengthening exercises. Center movement and traveling steps are added as the class progresses. No former training is required.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

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Tue
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beginner/Intermediate
Leigh
Teen Ballet
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Time
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This class follows a traditional ballet class format, starting at the barre focusing on posture and alignment, continuing with stretching and strengthening exercises. Center movement and traveling steps are added as the class progresses.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

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Tue
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Intermediate
Leigh
Pointe 5
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Time
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Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

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Leigh Schanfein
Tue & Thur
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Intermediate
Leigh and Tiffany
Ballet 3
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
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This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Leigh Schanfein
Wed
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intermediate/Advanced
Leigh/Tiffany
Ballet Int/Adv Morning Class
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
ABOUT

This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Thur
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beginner/Intermediate
Leigh
Teen Ballet
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
ABOUT

This class follows a traditional ballet class format, starting at the barre focusing on posture and alignment, continuing with stretching and strengthening exercises. Center movement and traveling steps are added as the class progresses.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Leigh Schanfein
Tue, Wed, Thur
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Intermediate/Advanced
Tiffany, Betty, Leigh
Ballet 5
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
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This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Tiffany Wardell
Mon & Wed
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Advanced
Betty & Leigh
Ballet 6
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
ABOUT

Moving beyond the Intermediate Level. Center work will consist of an adagio, a tendu combination, jumps – including petit allegro and batterie, and pirouette preparations and turns. Dancers will begin to work on attitude positions, as well as, develop their grande rond de jambe and rond de jambe en l’air. Corner work will consist of jump, waltz, and various traveling combinations, including grande allegro, kept in time to the music. These combinations may exceed 2 eight counts of movement. Dancers will learn basic kinesiology and stage placement. They will be given literature on anatomy for dancers. dancers must have at least four years experience, take at least one other ballet class a week, and have the instructor’s permission to register for the class. Class is recommended for dancers ages 11 and up. Returning students should always refer to their spring evaluation to determine the appropriate fall class to take.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Betty Loos
Sat
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Intermediate/Advanced
Leigh
Ballet 4 & 5 with Pointe
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
ABOUT

This class is for students who are ready for increasingly challenging combinations while adding musicality, choreography, and artistry to their ballet technique.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Leigh Schanfein
Sat
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Advanced
Leigh
Ballet 6 & 7 with Pointe
Day
Time
Teacher
Class Level
ABOUT

Moving beyond the Intermediate Level. Center work will consist of an adagio, a tendu combination, jumps – including petit allegro and batterie, and pirouette preparations and turns. Dancers will begin to work on attitude positions, as well as, develop their grande rond de jambe and rond de jambe en l’air. Corner work will consist of jump, waltz, and various traveling combinations, including grande allegro, kept in time to the music. These combinations may exceed 2 eight counts of movement. Dancers will learn basic kinesiology and stage placement. They will be given literature on anatomy for dancers. dancers must have at least four years experience, take at least one other ballet class a week, and have the instructor’s permission to register for the class. Class is recommended for dancers ages 11 and up. Returning students should always refer to their spring evaluation to determine the appropriate fall class to take.

ATTIRE

• Light Blue Leotard & Skirt • White Footless Tights •  Pink Dance Shoes

MEET THE TEACHER
Leigh Schanfein