Jenkintown Dance Arts is a performance based dance and movement school offering a variety of classes for kids and adults.

Meet the director!

Chrissie Leech is thrilled to be fulfilling her lifelong dream of opening her own dance studio in her hometown of Jenkintown. Her many experiences in the world of the performing arts have helped her develop her own teaching style which combines excellent technical training with a passion for performance.

Chrissie has fifteen years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, including dance studios, public schools, university projects and community programs. She had the privilege of teaching at The University of the Arts Summer program. Chrissie has also choreographed multiple children’s ballets including, The Little Mermaid, Alice and Wonderland, Snow White and Cinderella.

Jenkintown Dance Arts Ballet Movement School Dancer

In 2000, Chrissie graduated with honors from The University of the Arts with a BFA in modern dance. At graduation she was awarded two prestigious awards, outstanding performance in modern dance and the choreography prize. She also trained at the Virginia School of the Arts, The Graham School and for 3 consecutive summers at Bates Dance Festival. Chrissie is trained in a variety of styles and techniques including ballet, modern techniques of Graham, Horton, Limon, and release techniques, jazz, tap, contact improvisation and trapeze. She is also an OM yoga certified instructor.

As a performer, Chrissie danced for five seasons as a featured performer with Erica Essner Performance Co-op in NYC. She has performed at such notable venues as Joyce Soho, Judson Church, Bryant Park and multiple performances at the Philly Fringe Festival. Additionally, her life as a dancer has lead her abroad to London and Paris and her choreography has been performed at various venues throughout New York and Philadelphia.

Chrissie hopes to instill a passion for the performing arts and nurture the development of each student in an inspiring environment.