Leona Heyward Hull a Bronx native, who began dancing at the age of six at "Carol's Dance Studios" on Westchester ave. A graduate of Lehman College, she study dance under the professional guidance of Professor Joan Miller. Where she was exposed to the professional Dance world. Ms. Hull began to audition, study under the masters: Thelma Hill "Horton" Lavinia Williams "Dunham", Mercedes Baptists "Afro Brazilian", Polly Rogers "Afro Cuban", Jean-Leon Destine' "Haitian" and Ladji Camara "West African". She received dance scholarships at New Dance Group Dance Studios, Sounds In Motions and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Ms. Hull has performed with the Chuck Davis Dance Company and Diane McIntyre's Sounds In Motions dance showcases. She also has acted and danced in several off Broadway productions. Her film credits include "Striking Back," "The Believer" and she has produced a play "Not By The Hair Of My Chin Chin" at the Bronx Museum. Ms. Hull was the Artistic Director of New Roots Dance Ensemble, her own company. Her Company was awarded through the "New Muse Community Museum" a New York State Council on the Arts Grant for "A Praise Song In Dance" Seven Historical Black Woman. She has been an Instructor at Mind Builders Creative Arts Inc., Boys Harbor Conservatory, and Drama/Theatre Arts at Manhattanville College and among other places. Ms. Hull was also a recipient of the Bronx Council on the Arts "Community Arts Grants," and the "2010 Lifetime Arts Grant – Helen Andrus Benedict for Drama and Theatre Arts."
Ms. Hull's Choreography, Directorial experiences has been feature in numerous choreographer showcases, theatrical productions and in recording artists' projects. "Black Dance In American" Billie Holiday Theatre, "Fascinatin' Rhythm" Theatre for the Forgotten, "Black History Month" Brooklyn Children Museum, NYCHA "Hip-Hop Story", "Wedding Bell Blue" (A Senior Love Story), "The Lesson", "Reunion" F.I.T. Performing Arts Center and the AKA's "Rite of Passage" a mentoring program for young women.
Ms. Hull has been teaching for 35 years, her teaching experience in Drama/Theatre Arts, West African, Modern Jazz, Ballet, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Latin, Line Dancing, and Dance Therapy workshop makes her a well-rounded Teaching Artist.
Awards & Recognitions
- LIFETIME ARTS/THE HELEN ANDUS BENEDICT FOUNDATION GRANT
- BRONX COUNCIL ON THE ARTS "COMMUNITY GRANT"