Leanne Cope (an ex-pupil of the school) has just completed her starring role in "An American in Paris" on Broadway and the West End..
After a lengthy audition process throughout the US, Leanne was selected to play the leading role of 'Lise'.
The show opened in Paris at the 'Chatalet de Paris' in November and after rave reviews it opened on Broadway in March 2015. Whilst performing on Broadway she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress and she also won the Fred and Adele Astaire award for Best Female Dancer as well as the Dorothy Loudon Award for excellence.
Leanne started dancing at the school at the age of 4. She went to the Royal Ballet school at the age of 11 and became a member of the Royal Ballet company in 2003.
Her repertory with the Company included Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Louise (Mayerling), pas de six (Giselle), White Cat and Red Riding Hood (The Sleeping Beauty), Mustard Seed (The Dream) and roles in Asphodel Meadows, Concerto, Song of the Earth, Sensorium, Four Temperaments and ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Cafe.
She created several roles for the Company and has a particularly strong relationship with Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, who has described her as having ‘a presence on stage like no other’. Cope’s role creations for Scarlett include Emily Dimmock and Annie E. Crook (Sweet Violets) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). She also created roles in Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jonathan Watkins’s As One, Will Tuckett’s Timecode and works by Scarlett, Watkins and Samantha Raine in The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works.
An American in Paris opens in the West End in 2017 with Leanne as the lead role. Leanne has recently performed on the Royal Variety Performance. We are incredibly fortunate to have Leanne as a Guest Teacher.