Leslie Woodies :is a former Soloist with the BOSTON BALLET COMPANY, under the direction of Artistic Director and Founder, E. Virginia Williams, where, thru nearly 15 years, she danced a vast range of roles from Corps thru Principle in: Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Copellia, Swan Lake Act 2, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball, Gaite Parisienne, 12 Balanchine ballets, and 4 Agnes de Mille ballets, including: 17 Boston Ballet Premieres, and 27 World Premieres. She toured the U.S. and Europe with DANCERS, sponsored by Joanne Woodward; and was a Principle Guest Artist with the NEW YORK DANCE THEATER at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York City.
Leslie had the honor of playing “Cassie” in the landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning, New York Shakespeare Festival Touring Productions of A CHORUS LINE, Directed by Michael Bennett. She covered Natalia Makarova, Kitty Carlisle and Dina Merrill in the Tony Award winning Broadway Production of ON YOUR TOES Directed by Mr. George Abbott. Played “Flo” in the Los Angeles premiere of DROOD with author Rupert Holmes, George Rose and Karen Morrow; and created the role of “Kathleen”, opposite John Cullum in DRUMWRIGHT!, Directed by John Cullum with Choreography by Lynne Taylor Corbett.
‘George’s House’ for PBS; ‘The Kennedy Center Honors’ for CBS; ‘Echoes’, directed
by Arthur Seidleman; ‘Jolly’, for Small and Large Productions; ‘A Chorus Line - the Movie’ directed by Sir Richard Attenborough; live-action representative for ‘Aladdin’ for Walt Disney Studios; “Ma Bender” in ‘Bender’, co-starring with Bruce Davison, James Karen, Buck Taylor and Linda Purl, winner Best Ensemble at the Tall Grass Film Festival.
The I LOVE NEW YORK Industrials for United Airlines and Coca-Cola, in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Monte Carlo; Her own ‘Reach Out and Touch Someone’ TV commercial for AT&T/New England Telephone; Live, runway and print modeling, and voice-over work.
Listed in WHO’S WHO IN ENTERTAINMENT, Leslie received DRAMA-LOGUE and ROBBY Awards for Best Choreography. Her work includes shows for: Paramount, Lifetime, the Disney Channel, Walt Disney World, the Premiere of the California Music Theater, the opening of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza; Industrials and Concert pieces.
In addition to eleven years on the Faculty of the Dance Program at Harvard University, Office for the Arts, Leslie was honored to accept an appointment to Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Visiting Lecturer on Dramatic Arts, teaching the first credit course on ‘Dance in Musical Theater’, with Special Guests: Bebe Neuwirth and Donna McKechnie. Frequent Guest Lecturer at Harvard for Professor Carol Oja’s course - “American Musicals and American Culture”, in the Department of Music and History of American Civilization.
Recipient of the George Dennett Distinguished Career Award from Needham High School; Full Time Faculty at Boston Conservatory under Director Yasuko Tokunaga; Guest Presenter at the Emerson College EVVY Awards. Leslie has taught and coached for the Boston Ballet Company, and every branch of the Boston Ballet School and its’ Summer Programs, and National Adjudicator for the Summer Intensives. She was Associate Artistic Director of Tony William’s Urban Nutcracker; Senior Faculty at South Shore Ballet Theatre; Adjunct Faculty Emerson College. Currently: Director of ‘What the Dickens!’, for Deborah Mason’s CYDP Dance Company, the annual Holiday dance version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at John Hancock Hall, Boston.