Leonid “Leon” Turetsky was born in Minsk, Belarus and lived in Israel and Canada before settling in the U.S. Leon started dancing relatively LATE – at the age of 12! Soon after he was competing all over the world and winning prestigious awards. He had trained in many competitive and social dance styles including:
-International Style Latin and Standard.
-American Rhythm and Smooth.
-Salsa and other club dances.
In 1999, when Leon was 14 years old, he won the Junior award in the famous “Dancing at the Palais” TV show which aired on WTN all over Canada. In 2000-2005, Leon continued to compete in Dancesport competitions placing in the top 3 in all major IDSF competitions. Then , in 2006, he earned a spot as a background dancer in the famous hit movie “Take the Lead“, working alongside Antonio Banderas.
Over the years, Leon had the pleasure of training with some of the most elite dance coaches in the world including: Max Kozhevnikov, Peter and Kristina Stokkebroe, Paul Killick, Hanna Karttunen and others.
In 2007, when Leon moved to Boston, he spent 2 years teaching in a dance studio in Cambridge. Soon, his students’ accomplishments revealed Leonid’s hidden talent; teaching. Leonid competed with his students regularly in teacher-student (pro/am) competitions all over America, placing 1st in some of the most prestigious events.
Now days, Leon continues to pursue his passion for teaching as an independent dance instructor in the Boston area. You can contact him here.
1st Place 2007/2008 Pro/Am Manhattan Dancesport Championship- Silver & Gold levels.
1st Place Adult York Region Talent show.
1st Place Crystal Leaf Youth Intl. Latin Championships.
2nd Place IDSF Canada Dancesport Youth Intl. Latin.
3rd Place Ontario Dancesport Adult Intl. Latin.
3rd Place IDSF Canada Dancesport Under 21 Intl. Latin.
3rd place Top Teacher Award, 2007 Yankee Classic Competition
Judge 2008 Boston University Competition
Judge Brown University Competition.
Watch Leon & Kim Dance the Rumba: