CSDS Faculty & Staff
Director, Teacher, Co-Owner
Christina Leonard is a lifelong dancer and Massachusetts based director, teaching artist, choreographer, and mentor. Working primarily in classical Ballet, Tap, and Broadway-inspired Jazz, her unique teaching style comes from connecting the deep history of dance styles to the lessons of today in the classroom. She is proud to have worked with hundreds of young dancers from studios and training programs across the Northeast over the past 2 decades. Christina received her fundamental dance training and mentoring through her mother, Donna Leonard. Since then, her professional career blossomed as a performer, dance teacher, guest artist, and choreographer at local & regional studios. Christina held the position of Associate Director of Melrose Youth Ballet for 9 years; producing and directing full-length ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Coppélia, and more. She was co-founder of Middlesex Ballet Project in 2018, which ran summer shows for Massachusetts ballet dancers seeking performance opportunities. In addition to her long relationship with the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston, she most recently worked with BalletROX as a teaching artist in Boston Public Schools and acquired certification from the Boston Ballet in Adaptive Dance. Christina's main focus is in the classroom where she applies her life experience and well-rounded perspective of dance to foster healthy leadership, strong technique, and goal-oriented training to her students. She continues to apply the core principles of learning as a lifelong student of dance and the never-ending pursuit of dance education available to her locally and in NYC.