LEIGH M. BROCKMAN HOROWITZ comes to St. Louis by way of New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her classical ballet and character dance training under Bobbe Willard at the Lelia Haller School of Classical Ballet. She continued her classical ballet and character dance training with the Loyola University New Orleans Ballet Preparatory Program under the guidance of Gayle Parmelee and Laura Zambrano (Vaganova Syllabus). Ms. Brockman Horowitz studied voice, musical theater, and stage management in high school (Mount Carmel Academy), college (University of Mary Washington, VA), as well as with the Okanogan Valley Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of David Baker (Omak, WA). Joining the Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble (New Orleans, LA) in 2000, Mrs. Brockman Horowitz worked through the company until achieving a senior soloist position, in which she stayed until her retirement in 2013. Ms. Brockman Horowitz’ repertoire includes over 100 works, spanning the classical, character, folk and contemporary genres, including principal and soloist roles in: Svetlana Al Neyadi’s “Tango Suite,” “Pase Doble,” “Ukranian Suite,” “Moldavian Dances,” and “Russian Suite”; Lula Elzy’s “Zimbabwe Suite” and “Congo Square”; Valerie Concha Smith’s restaging (with permission of The Ballets Russes) of “The Prodigal Son” and “Le Beau Danube”; Diane Lala’s “Frankie and Johnny”; Daniel Gianfala’s “The Appalachian Suite,” Eddy Villalta’s “Women Without Voices” and “Caliente”; and as, The Spanish Dancers (La Traviatta) for The New Orleans Opera Association, as well as The Flower Girl (Gaite Parisienne), Czardas Lead Couple (Swan Lake), Mazurka Couple (Swan Lake), Russian Pas de Deux (The Nutcracker), Spanish Pas de Deux (The Nutcracker), Frau Silberhaus (The Nutcracker), and Mazurka Lead Couple (Coppelia).
Mrs. Brockman Horowitz began her study of the Vaganova (Russian) Syllabus while at Loyola University New Orleans and continued her studies of this syllabus at the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida (Miami, Florida). She achieved her Certification of Study of the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus, Years I-IV, through intensive study under Vladimir Issaev, Artistic Director, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida and Members of the Vaganova Ballet Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia). Ms. Brockman Horowitz was an integral part of the 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, New Orleans “Fleur de Lys” Semi-Final (“NOVKIBC”). As the Assistant to the NOVKIBC Director, Olga Guardia De Smoak, , Ms. Brockman Horowitz had the opportunity to work closely with nationally and internationally recognized teachers, judges, and coaches. Through this event, Ms. Brockman Horowitz was nominated for and accepted a position as a member with the International Dance Council (UNESCO, CID). Most recently, Ms. Brockman Horowitz attended Kansas City Ballet’s Character Dance Teacher’s Workshop under Inna Stabrova, where she earned her certification for teaching Character Dance, Level I (Vaganova Syllabus).
Ms. Brockman Horowitz is currently the owner of Storytellers Dance Project, through which she choreographs, offers master classes and private lessons. She also is a faculty member at COCA, where she teaches Character Dance and Ballet. Over the past 17 years, Ms. Brockman Horowitz has taught students from coast to coast and is thrilled to be bringing her passion for dance to Dimensions Dance Center!