Darcy Leavitt — Owner, Director, & Instructor
Darcy Leavitt has spent a lifetime dancing. She began at the age of 6 with the fabulous Virginia Dorr. She also studied with some other great local teachers including Carole Lamontagne Jordan and Vicki Lloyd. Later, she studied dance at Bates College and the University of Southern Maine where she worked her way through college by teaching dance and earning her degree in psychology with a dance minor. She was voted president of the university's dance group and choreographed performances for Russell Theater on the Gorham campus.
She participated in several pageants associated with the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. She won the title of Miss Maine Mall 1979 and participated in the Miss Maine Pageant later that year..
In the 1980's, she was a member and co-director pf a professional dance company called “The Front Page Dancers” which was based at Maine State Ballet. They performed throughout the southern Maine area.
Darcy taught ballet, jazz, and pointe for advanced students at the Dance Studio of Maine for 10 years under the directorship of Carole Lamontagne Jordan. She also directed the Ballet Repertory Company while there.
She opened her own studio in Standish in 1990 called “The Studio of Ballet” and later moved it to Buxton
in September of 1999 renaming it “All That Dance
”. She has taught dance for Hollis Recreation, Standish Recreation, and the Schoolhouse Arts Center where she served as Artistic Director.
Her choreography for the Schoolhouse Arts Center's production of “Fiddler on the Roof” as well as her choreography for the AIDS Benefit at the Portland Performing Arts Center won praise from local critics. She has choreographed shows for Bonny Eagle High School Theater, Westbrook High School Theater, and Windham Community Theater.
Darcy's students have danced all over the country including the Showboat in Las Vegas, on the Boardwalk in New Jersey, the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and in Disney World. Her students were invited to perform at the London Olympics in 2012 and to try out for the hit TV show “Dance Moms” in New York City. Her students consistently place in the top ten at regional and national dance competitions, including winning Top Group and Top Solos. She has received two choreography awards from the Dance Educators of America and Dancers' Inc., respectively. Darcy truly sees herself as a “Dance Educator” and incorporates the history of dance and it's social significance into her dance classes. She believes that the discipline of dance can impact the futures of her students in dance or any other career path. She tries to encourage her students by demonstrating integrity, professionalism, courtesy, and respect for the art of dance.