Founder & Co-Artistic 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.

Directors & Faculty

Donna Leonard and Christina Leonard are the Directors of Center Stage Dance Studio.  Both members of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston with the American Society, they frequently attend DTCB meetings and workshops. Donna served on the Advisory Committee of the Dance Education Training Course with DTCB for many years and now serves as a monitor for the annual program.

Donna and Christina themselves are graduates of the Dance Teacher Training Course and carry the values of age-appropriate and genuine, sound dance instruction and education into the classroom. They strive to foster a dance environment that fulfills the simple joys of dance, providing mentorship and encouraging many to further their dance education past the 4 walls of CSDS and into their outside lives. 

Our distinguished faculty speaks for itself. Please take a few moments to scroll through and get to know them. Your CSDS Directors, Donna and Christina, are involved in every aspect of your child's dance education at CSDS and oversee the progress and curriculum being taught in the classroom on a regular basis.  Their collective years of experience in the classroom make CSDS a smart, safe, and reliable choice for your child's dance education, whether it is for a recreational class that meets once/week, or for the competitive dancer who will be guided each step of the way through their journey at Center Stage Dance Studio and beyond.

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