ShaLeigh Comerford received a Masters degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University as well as a Bachelor’s with honors in Painting and Poetry. She began her formal dance training with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in VA. She also trained under numerous master teachers at the American Dance Festival, NYC and at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium.
In addition, Comerford was personally invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel for their inaugural teacher training program. Comerford’s professional dance career began with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre where she performed and toured principle roles with the company from 2000-04. She performed as a member of Tina Croll & Company and apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Leading roles with the Virginia Ballet Academy, Keigwin & Company, the Dendy Dance Theater, Carolina Ballet, Martha Clarke, as well as a restaging of Batsheva Dance Company’s Minus Sixteen, an Official Music Video for Blind by Christian Loffler, and Cirque USA. In 2005, Comerford founded ShaLeigh Dance Works, a dance theatre company dedicated to creating socially conscious works. Comerford’s choreography has been described as dance theatre with a “stark and inventive” physical language. She was featured as an emerging New York choreographer at Chen Dance Center’s 2007 newsteps series and was a recipient of Dance Theatre Workshop’s 2007-2008 Creative Residency.