Leigh M. Brockman Horowitz
Leigh M. Brockman Horowitz was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and began her classical ballet and character dance training under Bobbe Willard at the Lelia Haller School of Classical Ballet. She continued her classical ballet and character dance training with the Loyola University New Orleans Ballet Preparatory Program under the guidance of Gayle Parmelee and Laura Zambrano (Vaganova Syllabus). Ms. Brockman Horowitz studied voice and musical theater under Melanie Williams and Liz Argus while at Mount Carmel Academy (New Orleans, LA). She continued those studies, as well as stage management, while at the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) and with the Okanogan Valley Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of David Baker (Omak, WA). Joining the Komenka Ethnic Dance and Music Ensemble in 2000, Mrs. Brockman Horowitz was a senior soloist until her retirement in 2013. Ms. Brockman Horowitz’ repertoire includes over 100 works, spanning the classical, character, folk and contemporary genres, including principal and soloist roles in: Svetlana Al Neyadi’s “Tango Suite,” “Pase Doble,” “Ukranian Suite,” “Moldavian Dances,” and “Russian Suite”; Lula Elzy’s “Zimbabwe Suite” and “Congo Square”; Valerie Concha Smith’s restaging (with permission of The Ballets Russes) of “The Prodigal Son” and “Le Beau Danube”; Diane Lala’s “Frankie and Johnny”; Daniel Gianfala’s “The Appalachian Suite,” Eddy Villalta’s “Women Without Voices” and “Caliente”; and as, The Spanish Dancers (La Traviatta) for The New Orleans Opera Association, as well as The Flower Girl (Gaite Parisienne), Czardas Lead Couple (Swan Lake), Mazurka Couple (Swan Lake), Russian Pas de Deux (The Nutcracker), Spanish Pas de Deux (The Nutcracker), Frau Silberhaus (The Nutcracker), and Mazurka Lead Couple (Coppelia).
Mrs. Brockman Horowitz began her study of the Vaganova (Russian) Syllabus while at Loyola University New Orleans and continued her studies of this syllabus at the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida (Miami, Florida). She achieved her Certification of Study of the Vaganova Ballet Syllabus, Years I-IV, through intensive study under Vladimir Issaev, Artistic Director, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida and Members of the Vaganova Ballet Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia). Ms. Brockman Horowitz was an integral part of the 2015 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, New Orleans “Fleur de Lys” Semi-Final (“NOVKIBC”). As the Assistant to the NOVKIBC Director, Olga Guardia De Smoak, , Ms. Brockman Horowitz had the opportunity to work closely with nationally and internationally recognized teachers, judges, and coaches. Through this event, Ms. Brockman Horowitz was nominated for and accepted a position as a member with the International Dance Council (UNESCO, CID).
In 2006, Mrs. Brockman Horowitz, as a choreographer and performer, joined D’Project, Inc., a modern dance company based in New Orleans (Artistic Director, Evige “Eddy” Villalta). Until leaving New Orleans in 2016, and through D’Project’s “Southern Voices” Dance Festival Series, Mrs. Horowitz debuted several original works including “The Dream,” “The 5 Stages (of Grief),” “Ode to Festinger,” and “Love in the Face of Grunge.” From 2006-2015, Mrs. Brockman Horowitz also worked as Resident Choreographer for the Mount Carmel Academy Musical Theater Summer Workshop under the direction of Lauren Mouney-Gisclair. In 2014, Ms. Brockman Horowitz founded Storytellers Dance Project (“SDP”), a contemporary dance company based out of New Orleans, Louisiana and through SDP, continues to set pieces, stage works, and conduct master classes in and around New Orleans. Over the past 17 years, Ms. Brockman Horowitz has taught students from coast to coast and is thrilled to be bringing her passion for dance to COCA.