- Born and raised in Southern California, Leann has trained extensively in all forms of dance throughout the LA and Orange County areas. She holds a BA in Dance Magna Cum Laude from UC Riverside, where she also received a Chancellor's Scholarship. Leann spent six years as a member of Rhapsody in Taps, and has also been a soloist with Jazz Spectrum Dance Company. She is currently a founding member of BARE Dance Company, under the direction of Mike Esperanza, and is looking forward to her third season with the company. Leann is the Artistic Director of the Jimmie DeFore Dance Center, where she has been an instructor for nearly twenty years and where she heads the Teen Performance Company. She is also on staff at Chapman University and teaches and choreographs for many local high schools. Leann is sincere in her efforts to help her students understand that passion and determination are the driving factors in becoming the dancers they long to be.