Heather Leeper is the owner and creator of Little Leapers and its unique curriculum. Heather Leeper opened her first classes in 2012 at the YMCA with three instructors; Little Leapers has since grown to four studios and 29 staff and instructors, with 500 students and 75 classes weekly. Leeper, who studied dance for over 20 years under NYC Ballet esteemed alumni, was also a professional cheerleader and choreographer and is an active member in the community, offering student scholarships for free classes, as well as educational programming for multiple school systems, including the programs at the Moss Arts Center. She founded “Be Kind,” a community-wide anti-bullying awareness campaign uniting businesses and organizations in the area to encourage kindness. “My passion is not just for teaching young girls/boys dance,” Leeper says. “It’s about building the next leaders of our community. ...This is incorporated into each one of my classes to build strong, smart, brave and tenacious individuals.”
Heather has studied dance for over 20 years. She trained in Saratoga, NY under New York City Ballet esteemed alumni; Michael Steele, Olga Kostritzky, Deborah Wingert, and Garielle Whittle. She also trained under Darlene Myers of the Pennsylvania Ballet Company at the Myers School of Dance, and performing with the Northeast Ballet.
Heather comes from a long line of dancers, including her grandmother who graduated from the Performing Arts High School in New York (Remember 'FAME'?) where she graduated with such prestigious classmates as Arthur Mitchell, founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Heather has performed with various companies including the New York City Ballet, Saratoga City Ballet (soloist), Ballet Regent, Northeast Ballet (soloist), Burklyn Ballet, Blacksburg Ballet (soloist), Albany Berkshire Ballet (soloist), and the Dance Company at Virginia Tech. While living in Washington, DC, Heather was a professional cheerleader for the NHL Washington Capitals, MLB Washington Nationals, MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks, and was a finalist for the NFL Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. She also was the choreographer for the Washington Nationals Dug Out Dancers.
Besides working as a full time instructor and director of Little Leapers, Heather has been an active member of the Chamber of commerce and has an integral organizer for NRV Leadership's Arts Day 2017-2019. In addition Heather has spoke on many arts and entrepreneurship panels including the Radford University's Governors school.
Heather began teaching at the age of 18, and has successfully created and run various dance groups and companies including the McLean High School Varsity, JV, and Middle School Dance Teams, and Little Leapers & LEAP Performing Arts Academy.
Dancing has always been Heather's passion and being able to share that with her students is among her most rewarding endeavors.
Roanoker Magazine: 2020 40 under 40 list link
Girl Scouts 2020 Women of Achievement
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: Small Business of the Year, 2018
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Nominee:
Emerging Business Woman of the Year, 2017, 2018
Small Business of the Year, 2015, 2016 & 2017
Outstanding New Member, 2014
Young Business Woman of the Year, 2014
Southwest VA Living Magazine: Best of: 2019, 2018
Best of NRV, Roanoke Times 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Macaroni Kid Daisy Award Nominee 2014