Director, Aspirant Program
Mr. Léonard began training in Montreal under the tutelage and mentorship of Ms N. Izbinskyand, and continued at the prestigious Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Following his graduation in1993, Mr. Léonard made his professional debut with the National Ballet of Canada under the direction of Mr. Reid Anderson. In 1995, Mr. Leonard joined the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Ballet and Operaunder the direction of Mr. Nikita Dolgushin. In 1998, Mr. Léonard returned to Canada to join the Company the RWB where he performed for many years. After his retirement retirement from the RWB Company (Soloist 1998-2002), he assumed the position of School Aspirant Program Director at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Mr. Léonard’s classical repertoire includes such roles as Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty), The Poet (Les Sylphides), The Nutcracker Prince (Nutcracker), Tybalt (Rudi Van Dantzig’s Romeo + Juliet), Hilarion and the Peasant Pas de Quatre (Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle). He has also performed soloist roles in various neo-classical and contemporary repertoire by choreographers such as Balanchine, Ashton, Tetley, McMillan, Cranko, Kyllian and Kudelka. In addition, Mr. Léonard appeared as Arthur Holmwood in Guy Maddin’s Gemini-award winning film Dracula and provided choreography for Maddin’s acclaimed My Winnipeg.
In addition to his work with the RWB School, Mr. Léonard frequently guest teaches in Canada and abroad. He has taught at the Banff Center for the Arts’ Professional Summer Program, The National Ballet School of Canada and the Okanagan Summer Dance Festival. In 2003, Mr. Léonard assisted Mr. Van Dantzig in the staging of Romeo + Juliet for the Greek National Ballet and the Boston Ballet.