Springfield, MAMoriah Leigh
As the Founder and Artistic Director of Rooted Essence, Moriah set out on a mission to share the power of connection and liberation found in dance, healing and the arts.
A descendent of the Frank Hatchet-Kim’s Danceland Legacy, she began her formal training in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical Liturgical and African dance at Kim’s Danceland of Springfield, MA. She went to study at Howard University where she developed a passion for African-American/African Diasporic history. Since then she has danced with professional companies that focused on contemporary and modern dance. She has graced platforms from community centers to the John F. Kennedy Center. She currently specializes in Classic Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and West African Dance. Her greatest motivation is her natural and spiritual legacies.