Ballet, Neos Youth Performing Ensemble
Guest Artists for our Winter Session 2019-20
Akane Little is a freelance dance artist based in Cleveland and the greater Northeast Ohio area. Since graduating from Oberlin College in 2017, Akane has danced most recently with Terre Dance Collective, Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, Catherine Meredith and Artists, Pam Tanowitz, Megan Young, and Marcia Custer. Akane currently dances with Cleveland Dance Project Company in addition to working for the fifth consecutive semester as a Teacher's Assistant for the contemporary technique classes at Oberlin College.
Leanna Mullen began dancing at age 3 and began her ballet training at age 11 at Robert Thomas Dancenter in Ames, Iowa, under the instruction of Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas, former Joffrey Ballet dancers. She was a member of the Iowa Youth Ballet for seven years and performed in Iowa State Center’s production of The Nutcracker Ballet for ten years, and in addition, she led rehearsals for certain roles for three years. Throughout her early years of training, Leanna had the privilege of taking master classes at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago for seven summers from company member Derrick Agnoletti and former members Kim Sagami, Willy Shives, and Suzanne Lopez, among others.
In 2017, Leanna graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Dance and a certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship. During her time there, she performed in numerous concerts in both faculty- and student-choreographed work, and in 2016, her choreographic work was selected to be performed in the Dance Department’s Undergraduate Concert.
Leanna is in her first season of dancing with North Pointe Ballet for their 2019-2020 season here in Cleveland. Leanna has over a decade of lead- and assistant-teaching and choreography experience at Robert Thomas Dancenter, Inspiring Dance, University of Iowa Youth Ballet, Charlee’s Elite School of Dance, and currently the Baldwin Wallace University Community Arts School, primarily in ballet and pointe technique to students of all ages. She is excited to continue sharing her love for ballet with her students here at NCD!
Ballet & Pointe