Premier School for Professional Dance Instruction

Leighann Kowalsky

Leighann KowalskyLeighann Kowalsky believes that everything worth doing is worth doing well. Leighann is a Marist College graduate with a degree in Communication and the Arts and has spent the last seven years coordinating live, large-scale audio productions as part of the brilliant team at Firehouse Productions.

She began her dance training at the age of 7 in traditional Irish dance. Selecting to remain non-competitive, and rather, a performance Irish dancer, it is with the Solas An Lae School of Irish Dance that she spent 13 years honing her skills. During that time, Leighann extended her education into the realm of contemporary and modern dance, studying Erick Hawkins and David Parson’s style of dance. Other pursuits of further dance education included stints at Jacob’s Pillow and Alvin Ailey and included performances at Jacob’s Pillow, 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space Theater, to name a few, and included multiple international tours with Celtic rock band “Ceili Rain.”

After spending several years in the Solas An Lae Irish Dance Company, Leighann continues to spend time working with Joel Hanna, director of J-Han Dance, on ground-breaking Irish dance rhythm and choreography. Further, she has begun her own dance endeavor, The D’amby Project, to educate and encourage young dancers and artists to excel and further their dance careers in both Irish dance and contemporary dance. This undertaking is proving to be a fireball of enrichment in multiple forms of dance and visual art, with professional artists performing breath-taking dance works across the globe.

Leighann teaches Irish step dance and Modern dance at the Dutchess School of Performing Arts.