As a professional dancer Leslie experienced hypersexualization, sexism and sexual harassment within the professional setting. For many years she played into the ideology that objectification was empowerment. When she shed that myth Leslie made a commitment all aspects of her artistry would be a powerful representation of a female’s value and worth. She became increasingly concerned with the dance industries’ normalization and encouragement of superimposing hypersexuality on very young females as she witnessed consequences in her young students. She created “Youth Protection Advocates in Dance” to help build empowered dance communities through education and activism and stop all exploitation of children in performing arts.