Leanna Forcucci is the Co-Owner and Co-Director of CF Dance Academy in Fullerton, CA and has been teaching dance for over 26 years. She has also taught for several other dance studios in Orange County and even worked as the lead ballet teacher for a competing dance troupe in Austin, TX, where she also worked as a professional hip-hop dancer. Miss Leanna has taught many different dance and movement forms including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling. Her specializations are in hip-hop dance and teaching advanced hip-hop technique to young children. She currently trains with industry recognized hip-hop choreographers in Los Angeles and tours her CF Dance Academy Hip-Hop Crews, Bring the Noise, K-mot10n 2.0 and Fortissimo throughout Orange, Riverside & LA Counties. These crews that she directs are award winning, have gained professional recognition and have received numerous awards for their crowd pleasing productions. Currently she is director of the largest Hip Hop program in Central and North Orange County and has put CF Dance on the map for hosting professional hip-hop choreographers in master class workshops and weekly classes at the academy. She has her B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies from Cal State Long Beach, where she also attended graduate school to work on her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. During the past ten years, Leanna has also directed and taught CF Dance Academy dance programs at preschool and after school programs in cities throughout Orange, Riverside & LA Counties.
Leanna Forcucci is an Artist for Activism. CF Dance Academy is home to the Dancing Angels. The Dancing Angels consist of 15 Board Members that oversee The Cathleen Forcucci Scholarship Fund. The Dancing Angels raise and award over $10,000 in scholarships every year. CF Dance Academy is home to the first Special Needs Dance Program in Orange County. Leanna Forcucci was the main catalyst and developer of this program and it has been used as a model for other special needs programming in the Orange County area. Leanna Forcucci has served as the Vice Chair of the Fullerton Collaborative Board for five years. The Fullerton Collaborative is a Non-Profit that works to unite all city services to fight the disparities in the City of Fullerton. CF Dance Academy has also partnered with the City of Fullerton’s FullGRIP(Gang Retention and Intervention) Program for the past 6 years and has played an integral role in serving at risk families in the community.
‘I believe I have been a Youth Protection Advocate in Dance for most of my 27 year-long career as a dance instructor, but my advocacy has been especially strong in the past 12 years as a dance studio owner and director. My studio has always been on the conservative side when it comes to music, costuming and choreography that we give to our dancers, but it is apparent, now more than ever just, how much we need to communicate to dance families the importance of making sure our young dancers are safe in all aspects of their training process. We run an extremely successful business and dance academy while still being very strict and conservative about what our dancers wear, the music teachers play in class and the type of movement that is placed on our dancers. We are proud of our competitive dance teams that have won awards year after year presenting competition pieces that are age and developmentally appropriate. We care about the “whole child” development of all of our students and strive to make every decision with their training one that will positively impact all of their aspects of development; Cognitive, Physical, Social, and most importantly, Emotional. I am very privileged to be aligned with the other amazing professionals that serve with me on the YPAD Advisory Board and I want to be a voice and inspiration to other dance studio owners that we can be very successful business owners and creators of art while still making every decision that is in the best interest of keeping our young dancers safe from many inappropriate practices that are happening in the dance performance and education world.’