Lea McGowan is a classically trained dancer, choreographer, professional aerial acrobat and circus artist. An award winning costume designer, Lea believes one can never have too many tutus! Infinite costume and character options include Classic Ballerina, Chicken (this chick can dance!), Unicorn, Superwoman, Snake, Swan, Wonderwoman Also international Yoga instructor and Comedian, Lea is a fabulous emcee for fitness events (Coldstorage) Sharon Osbourne (America's Got Talent) "Graceful and gracious, a true ballerina" Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance) "Talented entertainer" Let Lea entertain at your event, as she is known to be "wildly energetic and ceaselessly inventive" (Examiner)
I booked a performance with Lea 2 months before a corporate party, and confirmed with her the week before the event. She cancelled the performance 1 hour before she was due to be at my facility due to cost of transportation. I spent lots of money and time putting the party together and am truly disappointed in how Lea handled this booking.
Lea is as talented as she is lovely to work with. I hired her to do a custom ballet performance at my wedding. I live across the country from where I was getting married so we chatted and arranged everything over the phone. I described what I wanted and she did her own research to see how bast to bring it to life. She gave me a quote and I booked her. I chose a couple songs that had meaning to me and my husband and she choreographed the most beautiful dances to our favorite songs. I wanted a duet so she hired a male dancer to be her partner and their performance was stunning! All of our guests were truly captivated. Even the people I didn't think would like the ballet element can't stop talking about it. We had an outdoor dance floor and when it started to rain and we had to move their performance to another area. Both dancers were able to quickly re-stage it to fit in the new smaller space. It was quite a moment to behold that my husband and I and all of our guests will never forget. Lea was so lovely to work with. She truly cares about her each project. She will go above & beyond. She even gave me a choice of which of her tutus I wanted her to wear. The overall effect was enchanting. She is a very expressive dancer and and even lovelier person. I would hire her again in an instant. If you want a real ballerina, with grace, and a true professional, hire Lea today!
Lea is the Best Ever! Professional, Personable, and most importantly, Phenomenal! With such short notice on my part, Lea's performance was Great and Enjoyable. A definite 5 star and beyond.
It was pleasure to meet Lea. She is a beautiful dancer as well as very professional. Looking forward to work together with Lea for a long term basis.
This was a big surprise for all my guest nd specially for all the little girls at my party she was wonderful !!!
Response from Lea McGowan:
Thank you, Lucy! I had a wonderful time performing for your guests. Nice people. Congratulations on having a beautiful, healthy and strong 1 year old girl!
I recently hired Lea McGowan to perform and entertain kids at my daughter's 4th birthday party in my home. Her experience in working with kids and excellence in dance was evident in all her interactions. She was very easy to work with. She helped me outline the events for the party with fun ideas.
On the day party she came ahead of time and went with the flow of the party. The kids and parents completely enjoyed her performance of ballet to 'Star Wars' theme, followed by the little ballet and 'Jedi' martial-arts class and art and craft activity (she brought all the material and the party favors). She was kind, friendly, patient and never rushed anyone. Her high energy was contagious and all the kids had a blast... she even managed to keep the little boys engaged.
It was very special to have Lea, a highly trained professional ballerina dance for us! The guests were also very impressed with Lea's dance performance, and they're still emailing me to get her contact info!
I would strongly recommend Lea to anyone wanting help with creating a great event- as a performer and leader. She is excellent!!!
Response from Lea McGowan:
Wow Jennifer, thank you for the fantastic review. I had a wonderful time! Lea
We just moved to a new area and were delighted to find Lea McGowan online through Gigsalad. Our daughter has taken some ballet classes, but was star struck to be visited by a ballerina of such class and elegance on her birthday. Lea lead her group of friends in a warm up and ballet games, even performing a classic variation from the Nutcracker! This will be a birthday that will always be remembered. I would highly recommend Lea to others for her professional quality and fun personality.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 2 - 120 minutes
Insurance: Specialty Performer's Insurance
What to Expect
Fun Classy Entertainment, High Quality Performance, Beautiful Artistry, Exceptional Instruction and Professionalism
Lea McGowan, also known as the rebel ballerina is an international performing artist based in New York City. Seen on America's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance, Lea has performed in North and Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Most known for featured ballet roles, Lea has also performed aerial acrobatics, duo adagio acrobatics, contortion, comedy, and a wide range of traditional, world and contemporary dance styles. Lea is a favorite hire for events, an emcee with grace and a variety of possible acts! As a dance and yoga instructor, Lea is a great leader and crowd energizer. Previous work experience includes: Event Host Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Emcee Coldstorage Walk/Run Event, Emcee Special Events Resorts World. Soloist Ballerina with Ballet Neo, Neville Dance Theater, and Singapore's longest running show, "Voyage de la Vie" Lea has done modeling work in print, video, live promotions and performances for brands including: Absolut, DKNY, Bodywrappers, Gaynor Minden, Heineken/Amstel, Maidenform, Lululemon, Cricket Mobile. Lea has a BA in Psychology and Dance Theater from the University of Tampa and received her Yoga Teacher Certification through Kripalu.
Additional Booking Notes
Flexibility and Adaptability make my performances available to all audiences and can be made to scale for large venues and small spaces. Clients may request specific thematic elements or inspirations for performance. Ambient entertainment available, characters and choreographed shows are among the infinite possibilities. Live musicians and sound equipment may also be provided.
Past Booked Events
|January 16, 2016||Birthday (Child)|
- Ballet - Classical Pas de Deux and Variations from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Custom Contemporary Choreography
- Dance Numbers influenced by Broadway, Popular Music and Hollywood
- Aerial Silk Performance (minimum space requirements strong overhead structural beam and height 10ft)
- Floating Water Sphere Acrobatic Dance Performance
- Character Appearances include Wonder Woman, Super Woman, Princess, Ballerina, Mermaid, Silver Statue/Contortionist
- Female Emcee to Host your event, Lead group exercise, coordinate Variety Entertainment or handle your Awards Ceremony
Teaching Workshops available in Ballet, Partner Dance, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Aerial Acrobatics and Yoga
Influences & Inspiration
American Ballet Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil, The Beatles, Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, Katy Perry, Ingrid Michaelson
Requirements vary with performance and space
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