Leigh Purtill is a ballet instructor, choreographer and coach. After performing and teaching for ten years in Boston, Connecticut and New York, Leigh moved to LA where she has been teaching all levels of ballet to adults since 2007. On her own and in collaboration with other studios, she has staged over two dozen productions including The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia and Sleeping Beauty. She has a passion for nurturing the love of dance in others and strives to include students with a wide variety of experience in her shows.
“I love the community of all my classes, the encouragement and support all my students give each other,” she says, adding with a laugh, “I wish I had had that positive environment when I was growing up. Now I’m just grateful to be surrounded by it.”
In January 2017, Leigh realized a lifelong dream, forming a non-profit amateur ballet company for adults of various skill levels and backgrounds. She is the Artistic Director and choreographer for the company’s first full length original ballet, “Sweet Sorrow ™ A Zombie Ballet,” a production she hopes will be an annual tradition for Halloween in much the same way The Nutcracker is for Christmas.
Leigh is committed to the company’s mission that Ballet is for Everyone. Her personal goals, and those of the company, are to encourage people to try ballet who might not otherwise and to bring ballet to an audience that would not normally attend a performance. In these ways, she believes ballet will stay alive and relevant to future generations.
Leigh is also a published young adult novelist and has received degrees in Anthropology and Dance from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in film production from Boston University.
“All of life is stories,” she says. “Whether we tell them with ballet or books, stories connect us all.”