LEAP in the News

The LEAP Program has created a wide network of dancer-scholars, and people are talking! Click on the links below to see LEAP profiled in a variety of publications. 

ABT Soloist Thomas Forster talks about his experience as a LEAP student (Dance Europe Magazine July 2018)

Dr. Linda Hamilton gives "Advice for Dancers," recommending the LEAP Program in Dance Magazine (May of 2018). 

American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer, Gillian Murphy, graduates from LEAP Program (New York Times, May 2018). 

Candace Thompson features San Francisco Ballet Soloist, Julia Rowe, as yet another LEAP student who has turned to the program for a degree option that offers working dancers a head start on college (Pointe Magazine, October 2016).

Saint Mary’s Magazine presents articles about two LEAP students: Garen Scribner, who plays the lead role on Broadway in the musical An American in Paris (March 2016), and Avi Scher, who has developed a new career with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York (September 2015).

The Huffington Post interviews Lee Wilson, whose LEAP Senior Project evolved into the book Rebel on Pointe, published by University Press of Florida. October 2014.

KTLN TV interviews LEAP Director Mark Baird about SMC's LEAP Program. December 2013.

Dance Magazine features LEAP student Sarah Van Patten on the cover. September 2013

Career Transition for Dancers features an article written by San Francisco LEAP student, Kara Wilkes, who dances with Alonso King's LINES Ballet and was awarded the Caroline H. Newhouse grant. January 2013.

Dance Informa outlines the benefits of the LEAP Program and discusses the program's future plans. April 2012.

The San Jose Mercury News profiles LEAP graduate, Joe Orrach, as he prepares to bring his one-man show to the Saint Mary's College LeFevre Theater stage.  September 2011.

The Contra Costa Times covers LEAP's first travel course to Cape Town South Africa. July 2011.

New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Cover LEAP Alumna's Leap Into Marriage

Lamorinda Weekly profiles the LEAP program as it commemorates its 10th anniversary with a Gala Performance Celebration, while the event gets Spotlighted By KGO-TV's "View From The Bay."

LEAP Director's Efforts on Behalf of Dancers in Transition Featured in The New York Times.

Saint Mary's Magazine profiles LEAP student, and Diablo Ballet Principal Dancer, David Fonnegra.

San Francisco Chronicle Spotlights LEAP Student's Committment to Dance.

Saint Mary's College LEAP Program graduate Muriel Maffre '04 was the subject of a front-page feature in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook.

In Dance Magazine profiles LEAP Program Manager, Megan Low.

In addition to the links provided on this page, articles about LEAP have also appeared in:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Dance Teacher magazine
  • Pointe magazine
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Dance Magazine College Guide

Television coverage has included:

  • CBS News Sunday Morning
  • KRON TV: Newsbeat
  • KTVU: The 10 O'Clock News
  • KGO-TV: View from the Bay


Photo Credits: Yuan Yuan Tan by Erik Tomasson; Elliott Gittelsohn by Vincent Intersimone