Leslie "Peaches" Jarvis
As owner and director of Peaches Dance and Music, I have been blessed with twenty-nine years of influencing the talents and pathways of thousands of budding dancers and performing artists. Many of my students now have successful careers in the Performing Arts.
I began dance and acrobatics training at a very young age and studied under the direction of many renowned teachers in Miami and New York such as Frank Hatchett, Ron Daniels, Elizabeth Caroll, Felix Smith, Sue Samuels, Thomas Armour, Kenneth Samuels, Fred Bratcher, Tomislav Vuchovich, Judi Nelson, Joe Michaels, Robert Battle and numerous others. I enjoyed many years of performing in the U.S. and abroad. My passion for Dance and the Performing Arts lead me to open a dance school in 1987. I knew what I wanted when I was very young and I made that dream come true when I became a full time teacher and choreographer.
I have choreographed and directed numerous Dance Recitals, Miami Heat halftime shows, Musical Theater productions, Commercials, Television Specials, The Latin Music Awards in Miami, Star Search, Dance Fever and several other venues. In Central Florida I have had the pleasure of Choreographing "Mary Poppins", "Rent", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and most recently "Nice Work if You Can Get It" at Dr. Phillips Performing Arts High School. I am currently the three time recipient of Central Florida's prestigious "Applause Awards" nominations for "Best Choreography".
In the process of creating all of these productions and performances, as a teacher, my class time is always structured but not without the freedom for the individual dancer, acrobat or musician to explore their full potential as an artist.
Several private and public schools, as well as community outreach programs, have implemented my method and class model into their curriculums under my direction or guidance. I assisted in the development of community Performing Arts programs for underprivileged and disabled students. I am a licensed Autistic Movement Therapist and have spent many hours working with these children.
I look forward to each and every day, as I continue to share my passion for Dance and Performing Arts, while providing the most talented Instructors for our students!