Leilani walked through the doors at Peggy Peat School of Dance for her first dance class in 1993 and never looked back. She trained extensively in jazz, tap, ballet, song and dance, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theatre, completing RAD and CDTA exams with distinction. She competed from a young age at local and international competitions.
In 2000, Leilani had her first professional dance opportunity performing regularly at NBA basketball games as a Jr. Grizzlies Extreme Dance Team member. In the years following, Leilani would go on to perform at multiple major events including the 2010 Olympic bid, the CFL Grey Cup, The International Weightlifting Championships, The opening of the ACT theatre in Maple Ridge, the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremonies, the BC Lions half time shows, and many performances at the PNE. In 2006, Leilani landed an actor role in the TV pilot “Split Decision”, produced by Aaron Spelling.
In later years, Leilani took some time away from performing to attend Douglas College. She graduated in 2017 from the Classroom and Community Support program with a diploma and special citation in Behaviour Intervention. Leilani’s experience in the program and as an ABA Support worker has made her confident working with individuals of all abilities.
While she never fully left the studio, Leilani returned to a full time position at her second home at PPSDance in 2019 where dance families could find her working on daily operations in the studio office.
In addition to her love of dance and the arts, Leilani enjoys the outdoors, music, baking, cooking, crocheting, crafting, football, family, and travel.
Leilani is looking forward to working with all of your familiar faces in her new venture as director at PPSDance.