Leslie Mahan began her dance journey at age 3 in a small studio outside of Orlando Florida. Upon moving to Michigan at age 7 Leslie decided to expand her dance knowledge and begun competition dancing as she grew up. She was heavily trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet with a focus in tap, jazz, and contemporary as well. Throughout her teen years Leslie won numerous dance awards and became a certified grade VI professional Cecchetti dancer. In High school, Leslie joined a pre- professional contemporary company called X2. It was ran by artistic director Jodie Randolph, and provided many choreographic,teaching, and performance opportunities in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Upon graduating from South Lyon High School, Leslie moved to New York City and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School for two years under the direction of Era Jouravlev. In September 2018, Leslie accepted an apprentice position at New York Dance Project. She loves to train, teach, and perform in any capacity and looks forward to an exciting year with The Bridge For Dance!
Fiona is an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance and holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Education from the RAD/University of Bath. She began her training in Tokyo, Japan under the direction of Mikio Ikehata and continued at The Ailey School. As a dancer, she has performed works by choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, Elizabeth Roxas, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Alison Cook Beatty and Darrell Grand Moultrie among others. A graduate of The Ailey School where she was a scholarship recipient, she is well-versed in various modern dance techniques in addition to ballet and tap. She has taught at schools including International Ballet Academy, Greenwich Dance Studio, The Ailey School and The School at Steps, and has been on faculty at The Bridge for Dance since 2014. She has also taught for educational outreach programs through Goddard Riverside Community Center and Alison Cook Beatty Dance. Fiona has worked as assistant to choreographers and directors including Jacqulyn Buglisi for Buglisi Dance Theatre and Carolyn Adams for the New York State Summer School for the Arts, School of Dance. Outside of her educational work, she is a dancer with Alison Cook Beatty Dance in addition to being a certified Pilates instructor.
Jessica was born and raised in New York City. She made her professional debut on ABC’s One Life to Live as “Baby Jessica.” Jessica was a serious ballet student growing up and trained at the School of American Ballet, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, Miami City Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She also started tap at 8 years old and trained at Steps on Broadway as well as Shuffles Tap School. She attended high school at the Professional Children’s School and received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Since graduating college, Jessica has worked at many theaters around the country. Some of her favorite theatre credits include, Spamalot (Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre), Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed Musicals), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Pioneer Theatre Company), Hello, Dolly! (Cape Playhouse) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ogunquit Playhouse). In addition to performing, Jessica is a passionate dance teacher and currently teaches tap, ballet, theatre jazz, and creative movement in Manhattan. Jessica is happy to be a part of the Bridge For Dance Faculty!