Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Leslie Feliciano has been active as a choreographer for over ten years. Known for his dynamic personality and infectious approach to dance, Leslie, in addition to teaching at Broadway Dance Center, also teaches regularly at Crunch gyms in New York City, as well as at many international locales. He has led workshops and conventions in such varied countries as Australia, Japan, Peru, Slovenia, Sweden, and Dubai.
In addition to his extensive travels, Leslie has worked with platinum recording artists Paulina Rubio and Miguel Bose and most notably, staged Alejandro Sanz's Alma Al Arie world tour. In Spain, Leslie wrote, produced, and directed Hip-Hop Time, a television program for children that taught the fundamentals of Hip-Hop. His work has been showcased in numerous European television commercials and in such popular awards shows as the Amigo Awards, the Latin American equivalent of the Grammys. Most recently, he danced in a major Bollywood movie, Drona starring Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopram (see the videos below). Drona will be released next summer. Leslie has also served as a dance instructor on Operacion Triunfo, a reality TV show broadcast in Spain wherein aspiring singers compete to win a recording contract.
Leslie's choreographic style seamlessly blends the influence of his Latin roots, street trends, and any kind of music that inspires movement. At once tough and lyrical, defiant and jubilant, his dances capture the multifaceted characteristics of Hip-Hop. Drawing movements from all types of dance--modern, jazz, lyrical—Leslie's choreography is an organic hybrid of various traditions distilled into his own inimitable style. Leslie's teaching is informed by his Dewbee Jammin' philosophy, which he describes as the "force that kicks in when you have no energy." Known for his unflagging intensity in class, he espouses the idea that the spiritual transcends the physical: "When the body shuts down, your Dewbee kicks in and you handle your business." Most importantly however, he believes that having fun in class is paramount: "It doesn't work if you don't smile!"