“The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing… there are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words. There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. This is the dancer’s justification for being, and his reason for searching further for deeper aspects of his art.” – Doris Humphrey
Joined the San Diego Ballet
Originally from San Diego, Leila began her training at the California Ballet School and the San Diego School of Ballet. She then went on to attend the University of California, Irvine as a dance major where she performed various soloist roles and ultimately graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in psychology. In addition, Leila has attended summer programs with American Ballet Theater and the Alabama School of Fine Arts and has trained extensively with Thor Sutowski and Dame Sonia Arova.
Leila has also danced for San Diego Opera and was featured in a Ford Commercial. Leila teaches ballet throughout San Diego county, most extensively at San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.