Dr. Leslie D. Netting retired Professor Emeritus after 27 years as a Full Professor and Director of Dance at Kutztown University, received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Ed. from Boston College, her Masters Degree in Physical Education and Dance from Adelphi University, and her Doctoral Degree in Dance Education and Higher Administration from New York University. Dr. Netting’s extensive study in contemporary and lyrical jazz dance and her tutelage under Alvin Ailey, Matt Mattox, Luigi, and Lynn Simonson brought about her selection as Scholar in Residence at Kenyatta University in Kenya, Africa in 1997. During her stay in Africa, Dr. Netting taught dance technique and theory, as well as, documented tribal performance in its natural habitat.
Dr. Netting was also selected to present a workshop on teaching of lyrical jazz dance at the secondary level at the prestigious International Conference of Dance and the Child held in Kuopio, Finland in July of 1997, at the AAHPERD National Conventions in Reno, Nevada in April of 1998, and in Orlando, Florida in March of 2000. Additionally, Dr. Netting was invited to speak and share her teaching expertise in Lisbon, Portugal and at the New Trends In Dance Conference in Mexico.
One of Dr. Netting’s greatest achievements was being selected as Scholar in Residence at Yantai University in China. In addition to educating Chinese students in American Dance forms, she choregraphed and performed for 40,000 people at Yantai’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Netting has also been recognized for her expertise in lyrical jazz dance at the 18th World Congress in Dance Research that was held in Athens, Greece. She taught and lectured on the impact of lyrical jazz dance.