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Getting to know company artist

What’s your favorite part of being a professional dancer and why?
Rehearsals and the creation process.

For the new dancer and even the young trainee, what advice would you give?
Get comfortable with all your emotions. You’ll need them on stage.

When did you begin dancing and how did you get started?
I started dancing at the age of 15. Growing up in the Dominican Republic I had always wanted to train in dance but did not have the opportunity. When I came to the States I looked for opportunities to dance at my high school. I immediately joined a ballroom dance club.

Why should people experience a ballet performance at least once in their life?
A ballet performance gives one the opportunity to get in touch with a part of our spirit that we might not otherwise get to experience.

Leonard's Favorite Quote

"In God I move and breathe and have my Being".

It encompasses everything I aspire to be in my relationship with my Creator.

If you weren’t a professional ballet dancer what would you be doing? 
Whatever the Lord calls me to. If it were my choice, I’d be doing some type of counseling or therapy in the cognitive/counseling psychology field.

What are some people, places or things that make Memphis home for you?
There’s a lake right where I live. Being close to water makes it feel like home.

When you’re not training long days or touring with the company, where can we find you in Memphis?
In my bedroom or at Marshall’s, looking for the next best deal.

Who’s your biggest fan?
My best friend JC.

Must have item in your dance bags and dressing room?
My journal and my airpods.

What music artists are you listening to right now?
Raulin Rodriguez, The Clark Sisters, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, James Blake, Ozuna, Julieta Venegas, Marisa Monte, Maxo Kream, Mecano, Lo Cor de la Plana, Harmonia do Samba, Celia Cruz, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony…

Best movie you’ve seen this year?
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.

What TV shows are you binge watching to make it through the quarantine?
RLa Casa de Papel (Money Heist).

Images captured by Raphael Baker. Video captured by Jacob Geyer for Pigeon Roost.