David Isaac Leef has been a dancer for 23 years. David started dancing at age 14 with his high school dance squad SHS Tigers. After high school David attended college at Columbia College as a dance major but fate changed for him when he auditioned for a scholarship at the Joel Hall Dancers and Center. David has been with JHDC for over 20 years now. David has also been on scholarship with the Joseph Holmes Dance Center, Gus Giordano’s, and part of the summer intensive with Deeply Rooted. David has trained in ballet, jazz (Urban, Fosse, and Lyrical), Graham, Horton, and Dunham-style of modern, west African, voguing, Jamaican dancehall, musical theater-style jazz, and street-style hip hop, along with different styles of Latin ballroom and regular ballroom.
Along with dance, David has an acting and singing background in improvisation and character acting and is a baritone/first tenor along with training in puppetry work like live action, stick and shadow puppetry. Some of David’s theater credits are Antigone (First Solider), Inherit the Wind (Meeker), The Wizard of Oz (dancer and puppeteer), Little Shop of Horrors (lead puppeteer of all 4 Audrey 2 puppets), Into the Woods (Milky White the cow), Midsummer Nights Dream: A Queer Tale (Fairy), Snow White and The Seven Drag Queens (Bashful Bubbles), Barnum (choreographer), Blue Nativity (Joseph), and The Passion Story (puppeteer) David has been in several movies as an extra as Rookie of the Year, The Weatherman, Spiderman 2, and Batman returns, and was a main dancer in the movie The Express. David was also an extra on the cable pilot show The Factory, as well as, a dancer with U Dance with B96.
David’s favorite television experience was the two Oprah Shows that he got to dance on. David was a dancer for Oprah’s 25th anniversary surprise flash mob and was a dancer on her episode “Worlds got talent”. David just recently danced and sang in his first commercial with Empire Carpets.
Currently David is performing as an ensemble dancer with The Alliance Dance Company, 5 Star Boogie Productions, and The Chicago Spirit Brigade where he is also the dance squad coach and choreographer. David is also an ensemble member and choreographer for a non-profit puppetry theater company called Quest Theater Ensemble. David has been teaching at the Joel Hall Dancers and Center for over 10 years as a teen division hip hop and jazz teacher and an adult beginning jazz, hip hop, and choreography teacher. David also teaches hip hop at The Robert R. McCormick boys and Girls Club of America.