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Ray Leeper

Learn about Ray Leeper's work across various mediums, including television, movies, commercials, off-Broadway shows, and music videos.

Ray Leeper: The Passion For Jazz Dance

Ray Leeper, a mastermind in dance and choreography, has dramatically influenced the entertainment world with his innovative and powerful style. 

His journey from a passionate child to a celebrated choreographer unfolds through his work, now immortalized in instructional videos available on Dance Teacher Web, showcasing his most captivating performances.

Background and Career

Ray Leeper, a distinguished figure in the world of dance and choreography, has etched his name as a creative director, producer, choreographer, and master educator. His work is synonymous with a provocative, powerful style, and an innovative vision that has left a mark across various platforms in the entertainment industry. 

Ray's choreographic genius has been showcased in prominent television shows such as FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With The Stars," "American Idol," and more. His expertise also extends to the film industry with notable contributions to "They Shoot Divas, Don’t They?" and "This Island," alongside appearances in "Move" and "I Dream of Dance."

Early Life

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Ray was drawn to the world of dance at the tender age of 9. His passion was ignited after playing the Artful Dodger in "Oliver!" 

However, his journey was not without its challenges. At 13, Ray faced bullying for his dedication to dance but remained steadfast, focusing on his burgeoning love for choreography.

Career Highlights

Ray Leeper's career is a testament to his versatility and creativity, contributing significantly to television and film. He has worked with a plethora of artists, including Elton John, Snoop Dogg, and Cher, often highlighting the collaborative spirit of stars like Cher and the professionalism of Matthew Morrison as career highlights. 

As a creative director, Ray led projects such as Franco Dragone’s "INDIA" and tours for notable names like Matthew Morrison and IL DIVO. His commercial work includes choreographing for international brands like Pepsi and Levi's, where he collaborated with acclaimed directors Nigel Dick and Phil Heyes.


In the realm of theatre, Ray has directed and choreographed Off-Broadway shows such as "One Day" and "Mental – the Musical." His exceptional talent has been recognized with awards like the “Best Choreography Award” at the New York Musical Theater Festival for "Common Grounds" and the “Gold Leo Award” for Excellence in Choreography at the Kennedy Center.

Current Endeavors

With over three decades of teaching experience, Ray now shifts his focus toward producing original content and choreographing for television and film. His enduring passion for dance and choreography continues to inspire new generations of artists and audiences alike.

Personal Interests

Beyond his professional pursuits, Ray enjoys reading autobiographies, indulging in interior decorating, entertaining, and visiting museums. His appreciation for art in its many forms reflects his deep understanding and love for creative expression.

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