ARDEN LEONE

DANCER | CHOREOGRAPHER | ARTIST

ABOUT

Arden Leone, originally from Geneva, Illinois, is currently a senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. There, she is on scholarship pursuing a double major with a BFA in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts and a BA in Advertising from the Temerlin Advertising Institute.

 

Arden started dancing at the age of four in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania because her best friend wanted to own a tutu. She never imagined that taking a “tiny-tots” class would turn into a lifelong passion.

 

Outside of her training at SMU, Arden has most recently trained in the Chicagoland area at Extensions Dance Center, Visceral Dance Center, and Lou Conte Dance Studio under the direction of Lizzie MacKenzie Pontarelli, Ahmad Simmons, Laura Wade, Aubrey Klinger, Nick Pupillo, and many others. In the 2011-2012 season, Arden was a part of Extensions Dance Company, a pre-professional company directed by Lizzie MacKenzie Pontarelli that performed in many venues in the Chicago area. While competing in this company, Arden was also recognized as Dancer of the Year Runner-Up at the American Dance Awards regional competition. Extensions as a group is also recognized as one of the most elite pre-professional companies in Chicagoland.

 

She has also competed with Chicago Dance Elite, under the direction of Kelly Ann Vitacca, receiving recognition and awards from NYCDA, L.A. Dance Force, CNADM and other regional competitions. In the summer of 2011 Arden received a scholarship to attend Point Park University's International Summer Dance Program. She has also had the privilege to train with professional companies throughout Chicagoland such as River North Dance Chicago in their intensives, the Joffrey Ballet in their production of The Nutcracker, and Inaside Chicago Dance in their Youth Training Program.

 

In addition to dance, Arden also dedicates her time to serving her community, her church, and participating in mission work across the world.

 

Arden feels very grateful for all of the opportunities that she has been presented with throughout her life thus far and she is so excited to see what opportunities SMU has in store for her. She would also like to thank her mom, dad, sister, and close friends for their endless love, support, and encouragement; and above all, God for blessing her with more than she could ever need.

GALLERY

VIDEOS

RESUME

AWARDS

PERFORMANCES

TRAINING

Sophomore Student Representative       SMU Division of Dance                                       2014

Honor Roll with High Distinction              Southern Methodist University                         2014

Artistic Scholarship                                    Southern Methodist University                         2013

National Honor Society                             Geneva Community High School                      2013

National English Honor Society                Geneva Community High School                      2013

Graduated with Honors                            Geneva Community High School                      2013

Dancer of the Year Runner- Up                American Dance Awards                                   2012

Merit Scholarship                                       Point Park International Summer Dance         2011

Firebird

There is a Time

Wild and Precious

Ezekiel’s Wheel

Handle

To the Fore

A Gathering

Eva

Charanga

Dance for Life

The Effect

Dietro Casa (Soloist) Unobstructed Views

April

The Novelty

West Side Story (Maria) Sleeping Beauty (Soloist) For the Cause

The Nutcracker

Delfos Danza Contemporanea

José Limón

Robert Dekkers

Danny Buraczeski

Christopher Dolder

Adam Hougland

Akeitha Carrey

Frank Chaves

Frank Chaves

Lizzie MacKenzie

Lizzie MacKenzie

Lizzie MacKenzie

Lizzie MacKenzie

Garth Johnson

Jason Hortin

Jerome Robbins

Marius Petipa

Kelly Ann Vitacca

Gerald Arpino

2016 Southern Methodist University

2015 Southern Methodist University 2015 Southern Methodist University 2015 Southern Methodist University 2014 Southern Methodist University 2014 Southern Methodist University 2013 Southern Methodist University 2013 River North Dance Chicago

2013 River North Dance Chicago

2011 Extensions Dance Company

2011 Extensions Dance Company

2011 Extensions Dance Company

2011 Extensions Dance Company

2011 Extensions Dance Company

2011 Extensions Dance Company

2010 State Street Dance Studio

2010 State Street Dance Studio

2009 Inaside Chicago Dance 2005-2006 The Joffrey Ballet

BALLET

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODERN

 

 

 

 

JAZZ

 

 

 

 

POINTE

 

 

CONTEMPORARY

 

 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Southern Methodist University

 

Hubbard Street Dance Center

Visceral Dance Center

 

 

 

Southern Methodist University

 

Visceral Dance Center

State Street Dance Studio

 

Southern Methodist University

Extensions Dance Center

Visceral Dance Center

Chicago Dance Elite

 

Southern Methodist University

State Street Dance Studio

 

Extensions Dance Center

Visceral Dance Center

 

 

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

River North Dance Chicago

Point Park International Summer Dance           

Adam Hougland

Carter Alexander

Birrute Barodicaite

Peff Modelski

Laura Wade

Mike Gosney

 

Myra Woodruff

Anne Westwick

Autumn Eckman

Laura Kariotis

 

Danny Buraczeski

Aubrey Klinger

Monique Haley

Kelly Ann Vitacca

 

Leslie Peck

Catalina Garza

 

Lizzie MacKenzie

Nick Pupillo

Ahmad Simmons

 

2015 Dallas, TX

2014 Chicago, IL

2012-2013 Chicago, IL

2011 Pittsburgh, PA

VIEW PDF VERSION HERE

CONTACT

arden.leone@aol.com

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.

ADOBE MUSE CC

STARTERS