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Leah O'Donnell

From Ann Arbor Michigan, Leah came to New York to study at The Joffrey Ballet School and The New School University. She has since danced with The Metropolitan Opera and as an original cast member of Jerry Mitchell’s hit musical “Peepshow”. Leah has performed with recording artists including Beyonce Knowles, Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj, in films including Across the Universe, Away We Go, and The Smurfs, and on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Gossip Girl and 30 Rock. She lived for six months in Athens, Greece dancing for their biggest pop star, Anna Vissi. Leah has been featured in Allure magazine, on the cover of Philadelphia Weekly, and on a billboard in Times Square. Leah is also a freelance writer.

"Dance Foyer at the Opera," Degas "Dance Foyer at the Opera," Degas

Flashback: Emma Livry, 1862

Ballet loves a tragic ingenue: Odette, Giselle, the girl in the red shoes–but the storied lives of its early dancers upstaged the roles they played. It’s hard not to romanticize the 19th century Paris Opera–Degas sketching the feathery dancers from his box above the flickering footlights–but offstage, the lives of his…


Ballet Next in "Tintinnabuli" | Photo Paul B. Goode Ballet Next in "Tintinnabuli" | Photo Paul B. Goode

REVIEW: Ballet Next at the Joyce Theater

Ballet Next opened its season at the Joyce Theater Tuesday with Alison Cook Beatty’s premier of “Tinntinnabuli.” Set to Arvo Part’s “Tabula Rasa”. The piece begins on a solemn note. The audience is peering in on a dark and fearful hour. Michele Wiles prays desperately into a beam of light…


Fred Astaire 1952 | Photo Getty Images Fred Astaire 1952 | Photo Getty Images

Looking Back: A Dance Icon Video Tour

Editor’s note: DancePulp would like to welcome Leah O’Donnell to our Guest contributors. We are excited to share Leah’s experienced voice with you. Every dancer has an idol. Even our idols can trace their own influences through history. As far as our family trees can be traced, so can our…