Child of the ball, LeeLa Petronio is an internationally recognized dancer for having developed an original approach to tap dancing by merging them with body percussion and hip hop dance. Franco-American, she was born in Paris in 1971.
Coming from the line of Rhythm and Jazz Tap by her mother (Sarah Petronio, privileged partner of the legendary dancer Jimmy Slyde), she participated during the 80s and 90s in the USA, in the rebirth of Tap Dance, trained and performed on stage with dancers such as Gregory Hines, Honi Coles, Savion Glover, Steve Condos, Lon Chaney and more. After a French and International Baccalaureate, EABJM, Paris in 1989, she went to live in the USA where she received a Masters in “Production / Arts Management” from Columbia College, Chicago in 1994. Just graduated, she collaborated in the editing of the “Chicago On” festival. Tap ”, a co-production of Columbia College and the Old Town School of Folk Music presented at Navy Pier and then moved to New York where she did an internship of several months in the production offices of the Public Theater on Lafayette Street. She returned to France in 1995 and worked as a production assistant for the magazine Self Service. She crosses paths with the hip hop dance company Funk Attitude with whom she will collaborate on several shows before creating the Hip Tap project in 1997. Multidisciplinary company with whom she develops projects around percussive dance by relying on the determining influences of her career - jazz culture, tap dance, hip hop dance, STOMP. His choreographic work has developed around rhythm as a universal language and a link between artistic forms. The plurality of expressions and the impact of sound nourish his shows which are the fruit of questions, encounters and research. A work of fusion of urban, jazz and contemporary dances with the work of rhythm and sound, in a creative and current approach. In addition to this, you need to know more about it. Today she wears several hats - dancer, choreographer, producer, teacher, administrator, performer - sailing between different worlds in France and internationally.