Leigh Schanfein


 "a powerfully expressive artist"

- Jonathan Katz, Composer



"Schanfein's choreography is

 gorgeous and lush" 

- Karen Shapiro, WetPaint 2014



"...her dancing has a lovely,

 wistful quality." 

- Philip Gardner, Oberon's Grove 2014 



 "...lovely, spacious movement." 

- Laura DiOrio, Dance Informa 2014 



Photo 2012 by Pyeunghun Baik


Click here to view Leigh's Dance Performance Resume.


Click here to view Leigh's Teaching and Choreography Resume.


Click here to view Leigh's Administrative and Hospitality Resume.


Click here to view Leigh's Academic Resume.

Articles Published by Dance Informa Magazine

Have a Great Summer at BDC! (for Broadway Dance Center), July 2018

BDC Holds Dance Teacher Workshop (for Broadway Dance Center), July 2018

Alicia Graf Mack Takes to a New Stage at Juilliard, July 2018

How to Have a Warm and Stretchy Winter, June 2018 

Stay Spectacular and Safe at Your Summer Program, June 2018 

Tap Into Your Bone Density! (for Broadway Dance Center), June 2018

John Hegenbotham Launches Three-Year Residency with National Center for Choreography, May 2018

BDC's Inaugural Wellness Weekend (for Broadway Dance Center), May 2018 

Buck and Boogz: Love Heals All Wounds, April 2018 

How Can I Safely Improve my Arches? March 2018 

Why am I not as Flexible as My Friend? Feb 2018

Monica Bill Barnes & Company Giving it their All for One Night Only Nov 2017

Complexions at the Joyce Nov 2017 

"The Red Shoes" with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Nov 2017 

Cryotherapy: What is is and should you do it? Sept 2017

Richmond Ballet and its Culture of Intelligent Costuming July 2017 

ABT makes love easy to believe in "Giselle"  June 2017 

Les 7 Doigts Share Memories and More in "Cuisines and Confessions" April 2017

Choosing the Best Summer Dance Intensive for You!  March 2017

Hot Yoga for Health (for Capezio) February 2017

Dorrance Dance Kicks off "The Rotunda Project" February 2017 

Book Review: "Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers" December 2016

Pilobolus ant NYU Skirball Center: Not to be missed November 2016 

Getting Warm and Staying Warm (for Groove) November 2016 

Win over Winter! Five Quick Tips to Help You do More than just Survive the Cold July 2016 

Avoid Downtime Disaster: Three Tips for a Winning Summer Break! (for Capezio) July 2016 

Conditioning Classes for Dancers with Capezio and Valerie Bongiorno (for Capezio) July 2016 

Wendy Osserman Celebrates 40 Years of Authentic Dance May 2016 

Jeremy McQueen's Black Iris Project Amplifies the Voices of Artists of Color April 2016 

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in its New York Spring Season March 2016 

Ditch your Irrational Fear of "Bulking Up," Feb 2016

The 6-article Daily DanceWear Series throughout 2015

Solving Your Winter Ills: Staying Warm and Injury Free this Winter (for Capezio) Nov 2015 

Is it Safe to Pop your Hips? 2015

The Limon Dance Company and Foundation move in with Dance Theatre of Harlem,  2015 

ZviDance Premieres "Escher/Bacon/Rothko," June 2015

How the Pianist Chooses Music: A Discussion with Patrick Gallagher,  2015 

Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Winter Tap JAMboree!, Jan 2015 

Intermezzo Dance Company Presents "From Myth to Mythology," Jan 2015

Stretching Dos and Don'ts (for Capezio), Oct 2014

Review of "Thread" by BODYART, Aug 2014 

Injury Prevention 101: Your Friendly Neighborhood Athletic Trainer, Aug 2014

Injury Prevention 101: Tiny Terrors, May 2014 

CelloPointe: Cultivating Collaborations within a Family, March 2014 

Injury Prevention 101: Stress Fractures and Spondylolysis, Dec 2013 

Ask the Pros - The Complete Dancer Series at Steps, Nov 2013 

Injury Prevention 101: Sprains and Lateral Ankle Sprain, Oct 2013 

Dancing at the Smithsonian with Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Oct 2013

Injury Prevention 101: Upper Body Conditioning, Sept 2013 

Injury Prevention 101: Five Healthful Fundamentals, Aug 2013 

Dancers Observing the Sabbath, Aug 2013

Review of Nederlands Dans Theater at Lincoln Center, April 2013

Yoo and Dancers at Open Stage: Dance Beats of Korea, Feb 2013

The Encouragement to Fly: Meet Breton Tyner-Bryan, Feb 2013 

The 30th Anniversary of NYC Landmark Peridance Capezio Center, Dec 2012


Freedom of Expression: The Lombard Twins, July 2012

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Introducing Marlena Wolfe, April 2012

A Preview of Tomorrow's Corps de Ballet: Manhattan Youth Ballet Spring Performance, April 2012

Common Grounds: How DirtyFeet Helped Blur Borders, Dec 2011

For the Health of the Dancer: IADMS Conference 2011, Nov 2011

Enter the Stage and Choose your own Adventure: Punchdrunk's Sleep No More, Oct 2011

"Awesome job as stage manager.  She was was my rock."

- Dave Lough, lighting designer


"The choreography was spectacular.  The linkup between the music and dance just seemed seamless."

- audience member, The Music of Jonathan Howard Katz, April 2012


"Other highlights of the [American Dance Guild] festival included Hee Ra Yoo’s 160 Miles... At the finale, [Leigh Schanfein] balanced precipitously on a line of tape. She balanced for so long on a single foot that I wondered, 'When will she ever find a safe place to put the other one?'”

- Veronica Hackethal for The Dance Enthusiast, Sept 2012

Choreography Review - Spring 2011

My choreography is reviewed in a young dancer's family member's blog!  Just for fun, check out The Many Adventures of the Modern Hippie Momma May 22, 2011  "...she is an amazing dancer! ... Great dance, good job Leigh!"

Photo by Anthony Clemente 2010 

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