Kim Leary (Alexia) is a world dance performer, choreographer and instructor
in Central New Jersey. She is Co-Artistic Director of Groove Merchant Drum &
Dance Ensemble and Co-Director of her school, The
Drum & Dance Learning Center in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Kim has been involved
in the multi-cultural music and dance genre since 1989.
Ms. Leary has performed at numerous venues such as Lincoln Center,
The Ohio Theatre (SOHO), CAMI Hall (NYC), DanceSpace (NYC), FIT (NYC), The Evolving Arts Theatre (NYC), The Black Box Theatre
(NJ), as well as at many colleges, universities, and festivals as a soloist and with her own dance company, SaZ Dance Theatre, Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat and Dalia Carella's
Kim holds a certification in Training & Development as well as in Multiple
Intelligences and the Arts from Kean University. She is
a Level 2 Certified Dancer in the Suhaila Salimpour Dance Format since 2000 and Certified Level Two in the Jamila Salimpour Dance Format
since 2008 and earned a Level Two Certification
in Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt Program. Kim received a dance
scholarship award from Dance New Jersey in 2010 and was voted New
Jersey's Favorite Belly Dance Teacher in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
She has taught a variety of workshop topics at
many festivals and events including Rakkasah East, Spring Caravan andThe Austin Belly
Dance Convention .
Her acclaimed dance company, Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble
has performed at festivals and theatres nationally and their performances have been partially supported by funds from the
NJ State Council on the Arts.