Leslie began her journey in dance with Nordquist Ballroom Dance in Santa Rosa, CA in 1999. Over the next 6 years she fell in love with a variety of ballroom dances including nightclub two-step, east coast and west coast swing, and waltz. Leslie was introduced to salsa while studying at San Jose State University. Her initial intrigue grew to an addiction as she continued to take courses throughout college. While studying abroad in Australia Leslie expanded her appreciation for a broad range of latin dance styles including zouk, kizomba, and bachata. Upon returning to California Leslie was one of the founding members of the Phunk Nasty bachata group.
After college Leslie joined Afinkao’s semi-pro team Con-Afinke under the direction of director JC Labio. She was mesmerized by the hybrid afro-cuban mambo style and 75has been training and performing with the group since.