Laurie LeBlancBorn in upstate New York and raised in Delaware and Central Pennsylvania, Laurie LeBlanc's ballet training included Michael Lopuszanski, Harry Asmus, Chérie Noble, and for her final three years of training, Marcia Dale Weary, director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. At the age of sixteen, after two summers in American Ballet Theatre's summer scholarship class, Ms. LeBlanc joined Pennsylvania Ballet, where she spent the next 7 years in Philadelphia, under the artistic direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and then Ricky Weiss.
During that time she worked with such notable choreographers as Benjamin Harkarvy, Merce Cunningham, John Butler, Peter Martins, Choo San Goh, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Peter Anastos. Ms. LeBlanc was cast in many Balanchine ballets including Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Scotch Symphony, Pas de Dix, Raymonda, Rubies, Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, and Divertimento #15, dancing featured roles in many of them, as well as in Paul Taylor's Arden Court, David Lichine's Graduation Ball, Merce Cunningham's Arcade and Benjamin Harkarvy's Recital for Cello and Eight Dancers.
After leaving PA Ballet, Ms. LeBlanc joined Pacific Ballet Theatre (which later became Oregon Ballet Theatre) in Portland, Oregon, under the direction of James Canfield. During her four years there she performed soloist and principal roles in José Limon's Moor's Pavane, Charles Bennett's Albinoni Adagio, Joseph Wyatt's Violin Concerto, Phillip Jerry's Cabachon, Dennis Spaight's Gloria and Rhapsody in Blue, James Canfield's Romeo and Juliet and many others, as well as choreographing five ballets for the company. From 1997-1998 she served as the company's Acting Artistic Director and upon James Canfield's return the following season, became the company's Resident Choreographer and taught company class, at the same time serving as a part-time faculty member of Portland State University.
Following a short period of time in Phoenix, AZ dancing with Ballet Arizona, she moved to New York and landed a position in the touring company of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera, continuing as a swing with the show on Broadway and both of the touring companies after leaving the road. She also worked at Paper Mill Playhouse as a Dance Captain and dancer in Brigadoon, and in Nicholas Hytner's National Tour of Carousel.
Ms. LeBlanc has called southern California her home for the last 16 years and has been teaching in the San Fernando Valley for most of that time.