Leyland Simmons was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He began his formal dance training with Barbara Devereaux of the Royal Academy School of Dance in Anchorage, Alaska and Michelangelo Canale of the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy.
He later studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, The Ailey School and Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, Canada.
Leyland is a Graduate of the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City and a former member of Ailey 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Mr. Simmons has also performed with the New York City Ballet, Peridance Ensemble, Forces of Nature Dance Company, Nathan Trice’s/Rituals, George Faison and Ballet X. Leyland has also performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Cincinnati, Moscow and Miami International Ballet Festivals.
One performance of Mr. Simmons noted that he was “vibrant in his solo, whipping off multiple pirouettes…,” and “he added powerful turns and jumps while remaining sensitive to the otherwise gentle ending.”
Leyland is a sought after teacher and has also appeared in numerous film, television, and print projects such as the History Channel's Honor Deferred, The Conan O’Brien Show, YRB magazine, Law and Order, Starbucks Red Campaign, Puma, and Sansha.
Mr. Simmons is also a graduate of the Workshop in Business Opportunites and a certified teacher in the ABT Pre-Primary to Level Three Curriculum.
Thank You God for being the head of my life continue to order my steps!!!!
The Ailey School The Dance Theater of Harlem
Harlem School for The Arts Steps on Broadway
Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn Academy of Dance Arts
The 7 Star School of Performing Arts
2011 NYFA BUILD Grant
2013 Dance Theater of Harlem Summer Intensive.
The 2011 Weil Gotshal Harlem School for the Arts Benefit responsible for raising over $10,000.