Leslie Carothers
Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®

Leslie Carothers was born in Los Angeles, California, and received her early ballet training in Pasadena, with Evelyn LeMone and Tedd Welsch. After training on scholarship with San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School, and Joffrey Ballet School, she joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1980, and danced principal roles in the company for the next 9 years in works by Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley, and Jiri Kylian amongst many others. In addition, leading roles were created for her by Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, William Forsythe, Marjorie Mussman, and Philip Jerry. Honors during this time included being chosen as the cover photo of Dance Magazine, and an invitation by Ronald Reagan to attend a state dinner at the White House. Leslie was also featured in several television specials, including Dance In America "A Night at the Joffrey", The Diana Ross Special, The Merv Griffen Show, and "Live and In Person".

After leaving the Joffrey Ballet in 1989, Leslie spent the next year making guest appearances throughout the United States and Asia, before being invited to join the Pennsylvania Ballet as Principal Dancer in 1990, by it's director. Christopher d'Amboise. She spent the next 9 years dancing leading roles in an extensive repertoire with the company including The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, and sixteen of the works of George Balanchine, In addition, Leslie was featured in works by Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, John Neumier, and Hans van Manen, and had leading roles created for her by Christopher d'Amboise, Ib Anderson, John Clifford, and Dwight Rhoden, amongst others.

Leslie has taught master classes in ballet throughout the United States since 1980, served as an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and has been an invited faculty member at the Finnish National Ballet School, The Pennsylvania Ballet School, the Pasadena Dance Theatre Conservatory, South County Classical Ballet, and California Dance Theatre.

From 2005 to 2014, Leslie taught ballet at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, where she served as Dance Department Director, and Ballet Chair. Leslie has created choreography for dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Colburn School, Pasadena Dance Theatre, and The Finnish National Ballet School, and her work was chosen for the Pacific Regional Ballet Festival, where she was awarded the organization's National Choreography Award.

Leslie is a ZENA ROMMETT FLOOR BARRE® Certified Instructor.

Class Information:Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® technique strengthens the body, lengthens the muscles, and enhances the over-all working of dancers' bodies. The name of the technique as first used by founder Zena Rommett, states its essence, which takes the basic ballet barre training from the standing position to the floor, "taking the effort of standing out of the equation". The technique allows students to enhance their precision, posture, and range of motion, making fixes that remain in their muscle memory and become evident as they go back to standing position. By training in this technique, many typical dancer injuries can be prevented.