About Leigh

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Leigh Richards

Leigh has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, and aside from that one time her knee took her out of action a few years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a recent Swing Dance or Balboa event in Brisbane that Leigh hasn’t attended, taught at, performed at, helped organise, or supported in some way.

Like Alice down the Rabbit Hole – Leigh took to Swing Dancing like a duck to water – she joined Swing Dance Brisbane’s Performance Troupe in 2007 and started teaching Lindy Hop and Balboa in 2008. The last 10 years have been a whirlwind of experiences for Leigh, she’s been the Co-Owner and Director of Empire Swing, lead multiple Brisbane based performance troupes including; The River City Stompers, The Royals, The Cat’s Meow – an all-female solo group and Three Stray Cats – an elite jazz dance trio. Leigh has taught Balboa, Lindy Hop, Blues, Collegiate Shag, Solo Jazz and Charleston, by herself, with local partners, and with talented visiting international instructors. In 2017 Leigh became one of only two Queensland instructors for SwingTrain – an innovative fitness class that combines Swing dance moves with high intensity cardio.

Leigh is never one to rest on her laurels and travels as frequently as possible to dance events across Australia and recent international adventures have included: The Balboa Experiment, All Balboa Weekend and Chorus Girl Camp. Leigh has placed in numerous competitions and taken out 1st prize in a few of those too, including the Balboa on the River Australian Balboa Championship in 2016.

Leigh is a consummate professional both as a performer and teacher, as well as being a life long learner when it comes to dance and physical movement. But where Leigh really shines is in her ability to interpret, adapt and translate ‘moves’ into movements that anyone of any level can access and incorporate into their personal repertoire and range of movement.