LakeShore DreamDance School and Lakeshore Ballet Theatre Executive Director Leisa Naples-Mullins is the mom of two sets of identical twin girls only one year apart. The Avon Lake resident believes in strong Russian Ballet Theatre curriculum taught in a positive and loving environment. She opened the school because she wanted to bring back the classical elements of Ballet and Jazz, not just for her own daughters, but for all of Northeast Ohio. Her focus is on “true ballet theater education” and Ballet Theater performances, rather than on dance competitions.
She has truly created a very supportive educational environment for the dancers. Her curriculum is College Preparatory based on dance theory and technique. She strongly believes that too much focus has been placed on dance competitions and acrobatics dance in today’s dance world, particularly in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. She also believes that competition is not the heart of dance theatre education. Curriculum and technique is progressive and buildable.
Leisa’s mission is to bring back the true history and education of ballet theatre and jazz, because it has been lost in our society today. She encourages all of her dancers to work together in unity rather than against one another in competition. She knows that importance of dancers building each other up and how that can help their growth as an artist, whether they have the hopes of professionally dancing, teaching or using their skills in other trades.
Leisa is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University in Speech Communications and Theatre/Dance. She has an expansive range of experience in the arts and entertainment world. She also has an additional degree in Education from the college and is certified by the State of Ohio in Speech and Theatre grades 7-12. Prior to college, she received her Russian Ballet Training from Marguerite Duncan, who first founded the Cleveland Ballet.
Upon graduation from college, Leisa choreographed dance for commercials for TriStar Films, which led her to be cast on ESPN health and fitness shows for over 15 years. During her time with ESPN, she reported on health and fitness issues for local news stations all over the United States and Canada. She also appeared on “Living Well with Leisa” news segments which aired locally on Channel 5 and in syndication all over the US & Canada. Leisa has taught dance, theatre and television broadcast master classes at schools across the US. After her tour with ESPN, she also co-directed Baldwin Wallace University Summer Theatre under the direction of Steven Breese. She has also taught public speaking at Ashland University and Lorain County Community College.