Leaps N' Bounds Dance

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Leaps N’ Bounds Dance provides contemporary modern dance performance programming to a wide audiences intermingling our professional company, training company and education programs.  Leaps N’ Bounds Dance is proud to provide quality technique training and performance opportunities to students and adults of all levels and economic factors. 

Leaps N’ Bounds Dance was developed as a direct result of Sara I. Benavidez facilitating her students’ improvement in technique, movement execution and increased overall health.  Sara realized that many of her new students were unaware of the power they had in creating art based on their emotional experiences.  Through Leaps N’ Bounds Dance, Sara aims to guide students and dance professionals to acknowledging their identity and empower them to develop positively.  All aspects of the Leaps N’ Bounds Dance curriculum was inspired by her professional experience, education from Saint Mary’s College of California and her own travels. 

Leaps N’ Bounds Dance consists of:  professional dance company, training program and educational programs.  All programs collaborate for performances.

Our professional dance company consists of professional level members in our First Company and Second Company.  Leaps N’ Bounds Dance trains all dancers in contemporary modern dance style, yet channels all styles for dance study and choreographing.

Our training program consists of dancers preparing for a professional dance career.  This program provides dancers with greater kinetic awareness and dance theory while addressing the individual goals of each aspiring professional.  We develop pristine dancers and strong bodies by focusing on overall development in dance technique, movement execution, performance technique, kinesthetic awareness and industry networking skills.  Dancers in the training program participate in performances and are able to progress to Second Company and First Company as they display discipline and technical growth consistently over time.

Our academic enrichment programs provide education in the areas of dance, cooking & arts to students from elementary to high school.  Every class is centered on a particular study which allows students to explore and practice self-expression creating a greater awareness.

Sara I. Benavidez
Artistic Director

Sara I. Benavidez has been trained in modern dance, classical and contemporary ballet techniques, drama-dance technique and a variety of cultural dance styles.  Sara was raised in a traditional Azteca household, practicing ceremonial rituals and Danza Azteca (Aztec Ceremonial Dance) with Xochipilli at La Placita de Olivera.

Sara was most recently a company member of Compton Dance Theatre Foundation where she was also the Studio Outreach Coordinator for the company.  July 2009 Sara debuted the suite Hide N’ Seek choreographed by Troy Powell, Associate Director of Ailey II of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

For 15 years Sara was a member of the Martin Dancers where she worked under the direction of Ms. Shirley Martin until 2009.  During which time Sara worked with salsa master, Jose Valencia. 

From 1992-1993 Sara danced with the Glendale Reparatory Dance Theatre where she choreographed Motherless Child to Mahalia Jackson’s version of Summer Time.  In 1991 Sara was offered a scholarship to study classical ballet with the Pasadena Dance Theatre. 

Intermittently during the 1990’s Sara worked with Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire.  In 1989 Sara’s dance career was put into motion by a scholarship geared towards preventing high school drop-out.  Over her dance career, Sara was also work with musical talent such as Tito Puente and Iron Stone.

Sara had the privilege of performing for historical events such as the unveiling of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center Statue of the Oklahoma City Bombing and many Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at the House of Blues,

Sara has over 2 decades of dance experience and over a decade of dance teaching experience.  Over the years, Sara has taught modern dance, ballet and cultural dance techniques at USC’s 32ndStreet School; MKM Cultural Center; Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Pointe by Pointe and a variety of schools in the Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

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Serving Los Angeles and surrounding communities   :   Phone: (626) 376-8874   :   Email: benavidez.sara@yahoo.com