Hello I’m Lei-Ahna (that’s ‘Lee’ up front, followed by the back end of ‘banana’). Yep it’s a tricky one. My parents were warned, but they loved it and stuck to their guns. I’m pretty sure my name has helped shape the woman I am and the way I live my life. After all, it’s a conversation starter, and I do love a chat. My journey to here and now (again, much like my name) sure couldn’t be called common or boring.
I was basically born with ballet shoes on (not literally… but seriously, almost literally) and more than half of my time on this planet has been spent in a dance studio. Though I did my fair share of performing as a girl, I never really loved being ‘centre stage’. I was more interested in the planning, the costumes, and of course the choreography. Oh, my heart, the choreography! Fresh out of school – but before being burned by the ‘soul trader’ (anyone who’s ever run their own business will know how soul destroying being a sole trader can be) – I spent a handful of years toiling away teaching tots to teens in my very own dance studio. Then I decided I liked the idea of working for someone else somewhere else. And I scored a dream position in Canada teaching some of the finest dancers I’ve ever seen, and spending Summers in New York City teaching some more and sweating my bikram’d bum off. Is it any wonder then that when I eventually returned home several years older and wiser (or so I thought), I decided to hang up the old split-soles for good, and enter the world of farshun!