Leea Reese, Class of 2002

CLA is truly an institution that cares about the complete well being of their students.  The support I received from faculty and staff after the passing of my father in 8th grade was enormous, and made an extremely difficult time in my life a bit easier. 

Their drama department offered the opportunity to participate in four major musical productions during my high school years.  The experience and training I received favored me in growing as an artist.  This led to a degree in Theatre from Northwestern State University, and I thankfully have a career that allows me to use that degree on a daily basis.  I am currently employed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a Dance Specialist in a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school.  I also teach beginner-advanced levels of Tap at a private dance studio, and work as a freelance choreographer for community theatre productions.  During the summer, I travel to other dance schools in the country to present intensive training workshops, and I am a board member of two state arts organizations, working to implement dance education programs into our public school curriculums. 

When I’m not working, I even find time to perform on stage; most recently in Baton Rouge Little Theatre’s Singin In The Rain.  I am proud to be a Crusader, and grateful that I was able to grow academically, artistically, socially, and spiritually in such a positive environment.

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