Leiland Charles

Leiland Charles was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He first stepped into a dance studio at the age of three. He began dancing with The Howard County Ballet, in Ellicott City, Maryland under the direction of Kathi Ferguson. He has attended summer dance programs at The Rock School For Dance Education and Springboard Danse Montreal. Leiland furthered his artistic training at The Juilliard School where he received his B.F.A. in May 2014. While at Juilliard, he performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch and many others. He has gone on tour with Juilliard Dance to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in the International Festival and was featured in the March 2013 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine with world-renowned Anatomy professor, Irene Dowd. Since joining Alberta Ballet, Leiland's favorite roles have included: Red Couple in Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land, Benvolio in Jean Grand-Maître's Romeo & Juliet and Her Cavalier in Edmund Stripe's The Nutcracker. This is Leiland’s third season with Alberta Ballet.

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