Dance studio focused on introducing children to ballet opens location in Roanoke.
The little jumpers, which also has a presence in Blacksburg, is a curriculum-based dance school with a focus on ballet that also offers jazz, tap, hip-hop and musical theater dance lessons, said Heather Leeper, owner and director.
The space is designed and decorated to resemble a castle, Leeper said, reflecting Little Leapers’ emphasis on storytelling and imagination in his teaching. She said that is exactly what a young girl who wants to try ballet for the first time could imagine.
“It’s supposed to kind of capture that feeling of a young aspiring ballerina’s dream,” Leeper said.
After seeing success at Blacksburg, Leeper felt ready to add a second location. The Roanoke studio will welcome children from 18 months to 12 years old.
While there are other dance studios in the area, Leeper said she believes none offer similar programming to Little Leapers.
“You’re not going to walk into another dance school and feel like you’re in a castle,” she said. “It’s the perfect start to your ballet experience here.”
Leeper said she hopes to strengthen beginner ballet, get young children interested in dancing, and teach them that ballet is not boring.