Leslie Jara was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah, but her heart resides in Durango, Mexico. For the first few years of her life, Leslie learned to dance through YouTube videos or by watching nearby dancers at the park, mall, or other public spaces. She became invested in trying new things. From basic pirouettes to back handsprings, Leslie started off her career through her own personal training.
After many years of self training, her work was put to the test when she tried out for the Drill Team at her high school, Granger High. For four years she competed with her fellow Excaliburs and even led them through their competition season as President her senior year. Leslie decided to continue her studies at the University of Utah. Here, she is working to get a Major in Modern Dance while also working towards her Minor in Entrepreneurship. She has also been given the opportunity to work as an assistant for Epic Dance Drill Cheer as well as a JuntosGlobal Teacher, teaching students in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Mexico. She taught Hip Hop, Jazz, and Turns and Leaps for the recreational dancers at Utah Dance Artists and Utah Dance Institute while also being the assistant director for UDAs Junior Conservatory competitive team. She is extremely happy and blessed to now be Co-Owner/ CEO of Allegiant Dance Crew, where she hopes to open up a space for dancers everywhere to feel welcomed and loved for who they are!