Bio

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Leslie Feliciano has been active as a choreographer for over ten years. Known for his dynamic personality and infectious approach to dance, Leslie, in addition to teaching at Broadway Dance Center teaches at many international locales. He has led workshops and conventions in such varied countries as Australia, Japan, Peru, Slovenia, Sweden and Dubai.

Leslie has worked with platinum recording artists Paulina Rubio and Miguel Bose and most notably, staged Alejandro Sanz's Alma Al Arie world tour. He also recently collaborated with Pakistani American singer Nadia Ali on the music video for her single, “Fantasy”. In Spain, Leslie wrote, produced, and directed Hip Hop Time, a television program for children that taught the fundamentals of hip hop. His work has been showcased in numerous European television commercials and in such popular awards shows as the Amigo Awards, the Latin American equivalent of the Grammys. He has danced in a major Bollywood movie, Drona, starring Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopra and has also served as a dance instructor for two seasons on Operacion Triunfo, a Spanish reality TV show wherein aspiring singers compete to win a recording contract. Most recently, Leslie formed his own entertainment production company, Lesperado Productions.

Leslie's choreographic style seamlessly blends the influence of his Latin roots, street trends, and any kind of music that inspires movement. At once tough and lyrical, defiant and jubilant, his dances capture the multifaceted characteristics of hip hop. Drawing movements from all types of dance--modern, lyrical, jazz--Leslie's choreography is an organic hybrid of various traditions distilled into his own inimitable style. Leslie's teaching is informed by his Dewbee Jammin' philosophy, which he describes as the "force that kicks in when you have no energy." Known for his unflagging intensity in class, he espouses the idea that the spiritual transcends the physical: "When the body shuts down, your Dewbee kicks in and you handle your business." Most importantly however, he believes that having fun in class is paramount: "It doesn't work if you don't smile!"