Lesandre was born in Australia and started dance lessons in Paris at the age of five. A graduate of the Royal Ballet School, London, she has studied, taught, and performed the world's great dance traditions from the Far & Mid East and Indonesia. Her Indonesian dance teachers include I. Nyoman & Nanik Wenten, as well as Balasundari & Balasaraswati in S. Indian dance. She has been performing and teaching Eastern dance and Ballet since 1973. Lesandre presently lives with her partner, two cats, many wild turkeys and other wild animals plus an occasional mountain lion or bear.
She is an animal activist and works to protect the lives and rights of all animals - domestic, farm and wild.
Graduate, Royal Ballet School of London: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Syllabuses.
A.R.A.D. - Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing
Classical Ballet. Classical dance forms of South & Southeast Asia.
Coaching / Choreography:
Piece for annual Fresno Ballet Fall Gala, 1990: ("Exultante":Vivaldi Concerto). "Coppelia', Fresno Ballet, 1991. Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’, 2004.
Mentors in Classical Ballet:
Mme. Maria Kedrina (Santa Barbara). Doris Gunsett Academy (Santa Barbara). Mme. Marie Balon (Paris). Mme. Yvonne Redgis (Montecito). Margot Doerner School of Ballet (Santa Barbara). David Lichine and Tatiana Riabouchinska (Hollywood). De Cotta School of Ballet (Santa Barbara). Russell Kerr, Bettina Edwards, Rowena Jackson, Philip Chatfield, Alexander Grant, Kenneth Tillson (New Zealand), Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Nina Stroganova, Valentina Pereyeslavec (New York), Michael Panaieff (Los Angeles), Jean Hart Academy (San Francisco, full scholarship pupil), Marc Wilde (San Francisco), San Francisco Ballet School (full scholarship pupil), Anatole Vilzak, Ludmilla Schollar, Harold Christensen, Petrus Van Muyden, Carlos Carvajal, Royal Ballet School, London: Ninette de Valois, Eileen Ward, Barbara Fewster, Julia Farron, Donald Britton, Joy Newton, Valerie Adams, Maria Fay (London), Errol Addison (London), Ruth French (London), Mme. Svetlanova (San Francisco), Kenneth Melville (San Francisco), Alla Sizova (Santa Barbara),Finis Jhung (Montclair).
Training in Classical Ethnic Dance:
South India: Bharata Natyam - Balasundari, Balasaraswati, Luise Scripps, K. Ramaiah, Katherine & K. P. Kunhiraman.
Indonesia: Court Dances from Surakarta and Jogyakarta I Nyoman & Nanik Wenten, Martati Harnanto, Maridi, Suharto.
Indonesia: Temple Dances from Bali, I Made & Svasti Bandem, Suweca.
Indonesia: Sundanese Style (West Java),Irawati Ardjo.
Japan: Buyo-no-mai, Sensei Rokushige Fujima, San Francisco.
China: Ancient Dances of the T'ang Dynasty, Nancy Kuo, Chinese Arts Institute of London
Korea: Court Dance, Hi-ah Park, U. C. Berkeley.
Medieval and Ancient Greek Dance: I. S. T. D., London .
Flamenco: Lita Andalucia (San Francisco)
Classical Ballet: California Imperial Ballet Company, San Francisco Les Sylphides (Pas de Deux, Waltz, Mazurka), Coppelia (Friend of Swanhilda), La Ronde (Rose Girl), San Francisco Ballet Company - Beauty & the Beast (Rose Waltz), San Francisco Opera Ballet (Soloist) - under the direction of Zachary Solov: Die Fledermaus (Grand Waltz) Die Meistersinger, Andrea Chenier (Soloist), Un Ballo in Maschera (Soloist) Rigoletto, Pelleas and Melisande.
Ethnic Dance: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, MIT, Museum of Fine Arts, Fogg & Isabelle Gardner Museums, Boston, Los Angeles City Museum of Natural History (Heritage of India exhibit), Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento,
(Lecture Series), Festival of the Chariots, San Francisco and Los Angeles
Universities, concert series: U.C. Davis, San Francisco , Berkeley, San Diego, Stanford, San Jose, Hayward, Sacramento, Santa Cruz.
Colleges: Mills College, Oakland Dominican, San Rafael, Lone Mountain, San Francisco, West Hills, Coalinga, Redwoods College, Eureka, Santa Rosa Jr. College, College of the Sequoias, Visalia,
School Districts: San Francisco, Marin
Other: Covent Garden, London, Queen Elizabeth Hall & Royal Albert Hall, London, Bank of America Concert Series, San Francisco, Mauna Kea Resort Hotel, Hawaii, Macy's, San Francisco (Chinese New Year), J. C. Penney's (Festival of India), Central California Cultural Society of India, Hospitals, senior / developmentally disabled centers, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Old First Church, San
Films & TV: Subject of film made for Lincoln Center Dance Archives, New York, WGBH, Boston: Documentary video
Guest performer/teacher/lecturer. Director of the The Way of Dance