Founder & Director


Donna has a long history in dance education. In addition to her thirty-year long career as a dance instructor, she has performed and choreographed several shows for local theater groups throughout the Greater Boston area. She has remained a member of the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston since 1983, and is a graduate of their Teacher Training Course. She helped to produce and was choreographer for the Melrose Arts Festival in 1999, sponsored by Melrose Public Schools. Her professional credits include several roles with Melrose Youth Ballet, including Rehearsal Assistant, Ballet Mistress, Assistant Director, and Associate Director in 2001 and 2002. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the DTCB’s Dance Education Training Course, held annually. Throughout this program she has had the pleasure of working alongside renowned national faculty such as E. Laura Hausman, Diane Gudat, Tom Ralabate and Tracy Navarro of SUNY Buffalo. Donna’s career continues to focus on dance education in the classroom, and she remains active in the field of dance education through attending meetings and conventions annually. Her nurturing approach in the classroom brings the reward of not only instructing her students in dance, but also of becoming a lifelong mentor and friend to them as they enter the professional and academic world.  She opened Center Stage Dance studio in 1997 and is proud to celebrating 22 years in the Melrose community.

CSDS Faculty & Staff

Our distinguished faculty speaks for itself and bring real-world experience in each of their crafts. CSDS instructors represent our core values of authentic dance knowledge. a "high standard, high support" model, the important of dance history, and building student's self-worth through kindness to self and to others. 

Our CSDS Team is made up of these amazing individuals:

  • Donna Leonard, Founder & Director

  • Christina Leonard, Director

  • Kristen Calder

  • Jaclyn Demianiuk

  • Ariana DiBiasio

  • Jean Georges Robens 

  • Fadayz 

  • Jonathan Leonard (Guest Faculty)

  • Sam Italiano (Adjunct faculty)

  • Helen Duros (Adjunct faculty)

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