Leslie Jane Pessemier
Leslie Jane Pessemier, a New York based choreographer and teacher for over thirty-five years, is originally from Jan Collum’s regional ballet company, BalleTacoma, in Tacoma, Washington. She was chosen as one of seven international finalists for the Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Competition, and has created ballets for professional and regional companies throughout the country, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Joffrey ll Company, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and Baltimore Ballet as well as having works presented in China and in Austria’s Young TanzSommer Dance Festival. Ms. Pessemier’s has been the recipient of many awards and grants including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City, Pennsylvania State and Washington State Arts Councils, a Jerome Foundation Grant, a four-time fellow to the Carlisle National Choreography Project, the Leona Norman Award and four Monticello College Foundation Choreographic Scholarships. Five of her ballets have been placed on RDA’s National Choreography Plan. She has also been Associate Director of the Baltimore Ballet, Resident Choreographer and Ballet Mistress for Pennsylvania Ballet Theatre, four-time Director of RDA’s National Choreography Conference, and Adjudicator for three Regional American College Dance Festivals. Ms. Pessemier has been on the faculty of the Ballet Hispanico School and the New Dance Group in New York City as well as RDA festival in four egions. She has taught at the IBC Schoolf for the VI USA/IBC and her ballets have been chosen to represent Regional Dance America in two USA/IBCs. This summer will be her sixteenth year as Director of the Choreography for the Glenda Brown National Choreography Project.