Trutek Dance Co. founder Leisa Naples-Mullins believes in providing classes with a strong technique based curriculum, while staying current with the evolving dance trends in big cities like Los Angeles & New York. She also believes while this is a more cutting edge style of dance training, it can still be taught in a positive environment. She encourages all of her dancers to work together in unity rather than against one another in competition. She knows that importance of dancers building each other up and how that can help their growth as an artist, whether they have the hopes of professionally dancing, teaching or using their skills in other trades. While we have offered many commercial dance styles for years, Trutek allows us to take our commercial dance training to the next level, with various training programs from recreational all the way to our professional dance co. There is something for everyone!!
Leisa is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University in Speech Communications and Theatre/Dance. She has an expansive range of experience in the arts and entertainment world. Knowing she always wanted to open up a dance school, she later received an additional degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace and is certified by the State of Ohio in Speech, Dance/Theatre grades 7-12. Prior to college, she received her Russian Ballet & Jazz Training from Marguerite Duncan, who first founded the Cleveland Ballet.
Upon graduation from college, Leisa was blessed to land a job in the field of commercial dance & choreographed dance in Los Angeles & New York in commercials for TriStar , which later led her to be cast on ESPN health and fitness shows for over 15 years. During her time with ESPN, she also reported on health and fitness issues for local news stations all over the United States and Canada , as well as choreographed dance for over 10 fitness video series. Not only did she choreograph dance for commercials & videos, she also hosted over 5 international infomercials for fitness products such as the AbSculptor, which aired in the United States, Europe, Canada, & China. She also hosted & created “Living Well with Leisa” news segments, which aired locally on Channel 5 and in syndication all over the US & Canada. Leisa has taught dance, theatre and television broadcast master classes & workshops at schools across the US. After her tour with ESPN, she also co-directed Baldwin Wallace University Summer Theatre under the direction of Steven Breese. She has also taught Public Speaking at Ashland University and Lorain County Community College.
Leisa is also the mom of 2 sets of twin daughters, older twins aged 13 & younger twins aged 12, whose love of dance has been her inspiration for building a legacy for her family & for the community. She has truly created a very supportive educational environment for the dancers & an open community where she encourages everyone to come & dance & challenges dancers to take their training to the next level. Her curriculum is College Preparatory based on dance theory and technique.