Performing Arts
Sharonjean  Leeds

Sharonjean Leeds

Adjunct Professor, Dance

Sharonjean Leeds has taught Ballet, Modern, Dance Exploration, Choreography & Tap at USF since 1973.  She has choreographed for  USF's Dance Ensemble & the College Players. She received the College of Arts & Sciences "Service Award" in 1993 and the University's "Distinguished Lecturer Award" in 1995.  She has a B.A. in Theater & Dance from Smith College and an M.A. in Dance from UCLA;  danced with the Wuppertal (Germany) Opera Ballet;  taught ballet & modern dance throughout the Bay Area for 35 years and founded her own dance company, DANSFRANCISCO, in the 1980's.  In the 1990's she choreographed & performed with "New Shoes, Old Souls," a company of dancers over 40, which also worked with Mark Morris & Michael Smuin.  She guest-performed with Smuin Ballet in 1999.  With her husband she established the "Sharonjean & Richard Leeds Dance Scholarship" for a graduating senior at San Francisco's School of the Arts and established an endowment to benefit the Dance Department at Smith College, where one of the rehearsal studios was dedicated in her name in 2002.