Leah Dorman’s dance education began in 1998 at Ballet Petit, where she performed in over 30 shows with Ballet Petit and four with the Oakland Ballet. Some of her favorites include Peter and the Wolf (Wolf), The Nutcracker (Rat Queen and various princesses), and Cinderella (Stepsister in 2011, Stepmother in 2016). Leah began teaching and choreographing for Ballet Petit in 2010 and has enjoyed sharing her love of ballet with young students ever since. She was introduced to contemporary and jazz dance styles by Cassie Begley and Janel Tomblin-Brown at Ohlone College in 2009 and fell in love with the expressiveness and freedom of contemporary dance. Leah joined Bliss Dance Company in 2016 after several years spent admiring the company from the audience, and she is honored to be a part of this inspirational group of dancers. Leah’s passion for dance is equalled by her passion for science. She holds an A.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Ohlone College and a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. Leah is currently working towards her doctorate degree in Neuroscience at UCSF, where she studies how non-neuronal cells shape early brain development.