Leah Rose McFadden grew up in a small town called Dowagiac, Michigan. At age 11, she began her ballet training with Southold Dance Theatre, a pre-professional school in South Bend, IN. During Leah's six years at Southold, under the direction of Erica Fischbach, she participated in YAGP and received a number of awards. Leah also attended summer intensives at Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Grand Rapids Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Colorado Ballet.
In 2015, she joined Miami City Ballet's Pre-Professional program year-round. During her time there, Leah also performed with Miami City Ballet's company as Chinese in Balanchine's The Nutcracker, as well as touring with the company to New York and Chicago performing in Balanchine's Bourrée Fantasque. Leah joined Colorado Ballet's Studio Company in 2016, was promoted to Apprentice in the Company in 2018 and then to the Corps de Ballet in 2019.
Dance training and awards:
Miami City Ballet and Miami City Ballet School
Southold Dance Theater
Studied at Colorado Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet and Gelsey Kirkland Academy
Youth American Grand Prix Semi-Finalist 2012-2015
Joined Colorado Ballet:
Studio Company 2016
Promoted to Company Apprentice in 2018
Promoted to Corps de Ballet member in 2019
Selected roles and ballets:
Romeo & Juliet
Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes
Balanchine’s Theme & Variations