Victoria Leigh
Victoria Leigh is a former soloist with American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, and principal dancer in Kiel, Germany. She trained in Florida with Georges Milenoff, and later JoAnna Kneeland, who also trained her to teach. Further teacher training was included later in her work with Ruth Petrinovic. Ms. Leigh began her full-time teaching career as Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Oklahoma. During the ten years at OU, she performed in a number of ballets and modern works, and choreographed musicals, operas and operettas, and ballets. She taught guest classes and choreographed frequently for the Bartlesville Ballet in OK, and was a guest teacher for a number of others schools and colleges around the country. She also taught at several College Dance and Theatre Conventions. The University years also opened up the opportunities to study music and kinesiology, and to develop OU’s pedagogy program. She also taught ballet history, and team-taught kinesiology for dancers, with the help of the HPER department. A move to Florida to teach for Ruth Petrinovic and her Academy of Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale was followed by six years of running Leigh-Franklin Academy, with her partner, James Franklin. She also taught for Ballet Florida and the Palm Beach Ballet Center before being invited by Mary Day to teach at The School of the Washington Ballet for 13 years and retired in 2006.