About Leigha 

"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie"

 â€”Agnes de Mille

Leigha T. Porter

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Leigha Porter received her bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she studied Dance and a Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University. She has studied Theater Arts at Dillard University in New Orleans, La. Leigha has trained in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, Techniques and travels the country teaching dance workshops and master

classes . She is also a certified Yoga Instructor. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of F.I.R.E Expressions Performing Arts Conservatory which promotes Faith, Inspiration, Relationship, and Experience through dance and the performing arts for dancers and young artists in Southwest Louisiana.

She has served as choreographer for Lafayette Arts Conservatory, Xavier University, and Dillard University (choreographing the stage Greek play Madea). She attended the Horton Pedagogy Teacher Workshop at The Ailey School in New York City. Ms. Porter was invited to choreograph the Musical Production Crowns in Lafayette, La at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. Ms. Porter has performed and choreographed for BET's 106 & Park and Stand and Deliver. In 2011, she was given the opportunity to work

under Fame choreographer Debbie Allen in the original stage show All The Right Moves where she received a scholarship from Mrs. Allen to attend her summer dance intensive in Los Angles, California.

Other notable choreographers Ms. Porter has worked with include Lula Washington with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Walter Hull with Urban Souls Dance Company. Her choreography was featured at Walt Disney World in the show titled Louisiana Culture which received outstanding reviews.

Ms. Porter is an adjudicator for the NAACP National ACT-SO Competition. She is the recipient of countless awards including 2019 Delta Women in Business Award, 2019 Spoken Red Enterprise Small Business Award, and 2019 Grand Canyon University Success Spotlight. Her work as a choreographer has also won countless awards for "Best Choreography" (x7) and a 5 National Titles.

Leigha has bulid a reputation of excellence amoung her colleagues and within her community. She prides herself on educating the next generation of artist and entrepreneurs ,helping them to grow their minds and capabilities. Leaning on the success of her businesses, she mentors young men and women on entrepreneurship, giving them the drive and confidence to follow their dreams.

Ms. Porter is always on the front line of arts advocation, making sure all kids and adults are exposed and inspired by the arts. Her latest venture is LTP Production, a company that will produce stage productions and dance/theater content giving young people the opportunity to learn the ends and outs of the dance and entertainment industry. Leigha Porter dedicates herself and her art to the growth and development of young artist and young people.