Resume / Bio


It all started when…

Leslie’s imagination was captured by bellydance in 1995 and she hasn’t been able to escape yet. Training first with the Cresent Dancers (Shifa and Rose) of Amherst, MA and Baraka (Jamilla and Josie Conte) of Portland, ME. Her adventurous spirit took to Japan where she trained Hawaiian Dance and saw the traditional fire rituals of Obon. Destiny brought her to Seattle in 2003 where she joined world famous pioneering fire and stilt troupe Pyrosutra and the studio of internationally renowned bellydancer Delilah of Visionary Dance. Overnight, her troupe took her from a girl with a dream to headlining summer festivals and music stages, being featured in national magazines, performing for prestigious sports events like the winter Olympic games and NFL half time shows. Pyrosutra even had it’s own tv special. It was on.

She was honored with the opportunity to perform for the cast of Cirque du Soleil with her ground breaking fire troupe Pyrosutra and accepted into the Cirque du Soleil performer database in Sept 2011 as a solo performer. She has created fire performances, stilt walked and bellydanced for everyone from Bumbershoot to Burningman. Appearing alongside national music acts and performing for celebrity clients in major music festivals, TV, movies, magazines and world class corporate and private events.

In addition to being an elite performer and master instructor, Leslie is the co-founder and director of vaudeville project “The Black Heart Society” and bellydance troupe "The Sirens of Serpentine". A proud native of the great state of Maine, Leslie will be making her home in Seattle until the circus comes to town.


Leslie Rosen
Fire Performance // Bellydance // Circus Arts - (stilt dance, hula hoop, trapeze)

Ht: 5’5”
Wt: 140
Hair: Red
Eyes: Hazel
DOB: 12/25/1974
Country: USA

Leslie Rosen
Seattle, Washington

Troupe Member:
Black Hearts Society
Animate Objects Physical Theater
Pyrosutra – Fire Dance -
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Art Professional Performance Collective – Circus Arts - SANCA
Raqs Serpentine (2006-2012) – Belly Dance - - produced the highly successful Pyramid Lounge monthly bellydance show from March 2004 to March 2010.

Instructor Experience:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 2005 – Present Belly Dance
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts 2006 – Present General Circus & Aerial Coach
Synapse Circus School 2017- Present Aerial Coach
South Seattle Community College Continuing Ed DeptDance 2005 – 2011
Guest Instructor at Delilah's Visionary Dance Studio 2004 - 2005

Pacific Fire Gathering - Fire performance & Bellydance - Cloverdale, OR 2010 - 2011
Saqra's Showcase - Bellydance (Candle Dance) Hillsboro, OR 2008
Electric Oasis - Bellydance (Poi) - Tacoma, WA 2008
American Youth Circus Organization National Conference - Hula Hoop - New York 2009 Bellydance Seattle, WA 2014
Reigning Down on Oregon - Bellydance & Fire Performance - Salem, OR 2010/ 2011/2012
Fremont Solstice Parade - Hula Hoop - Seattle, WA 2008/2009/2011

Performance Highlights:
Seattle Opera's Magic Flute - Dance Character- Seattle, WA - May 2011
Cirque du Soleil Kooza - Stilter - 4th of July Special Event, Seattle, WA – 2010
Irelands Feet of Fire in Silver Dollar City's World Heritage Dance Festival - Fire Performance - Branson, Missouri – 3/2009 - 5/2009
NFL halftime show Seahawks vs. Red Skins - Fire Performance - Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, WA – 2008
Cirque du Soleil cast party for Varekai - Fire Performance - Seattle, WA – 2006
Bumbershoot Fire Performance Seattle, WA – 2006
Festival of the Fountains - Fire Performance - Seattle, WA – 2004-2005
The Blue Loon - Stilter, Fire Performance - Fairbanks, Alaska – 2004 / 2005 / 2011
Fire Conclave – Burning Man - Fire Performance - Black Rock City, Nevada – 2003-2005/2007/2010
Folklife Festival - Bellydance - Seattle, WA – 2003 -2009
Henry Art Gallery University of WA - Fire Performance - Seattle, WA – 2003
Seattle Repertory Theater Stag King Opening - Fire Performance - Seattle, WA – 2005
Various Cabaret Performances Bellydance/Fire Columbia City Theater, Pink Door, Triple Door, ect.

Video & TV:
“X-Box 1 vs. 100” Commercial Fire Performance Character Microsoft
“Fire Performance in the NW” Documentary Fire Performer Black Rock Arts Foundation
“Rak On!” Bellydance TV Program Belly Dance Public Access TV
“City-A-Go-Go” TV Program Belly Dance Seattle Channel
“Adult Fitness” TV Feature Hula Hoop King 5 Morning News

Seattle Times Various Features Seattle Newspaper
Seattle P-I Various Features Seattle Newspaper
Seattle Weekly Various Features Seattle Newspaper
La Press Festival image Montreal Newspaper
Dance Spirit Magazine Fire Performance Int’l Dance Magazine - January 2005
Jareeda Dance Feature Bellydance Magazine - Jan/Feb ’07; Mar/Apr ’08; Sept/Oct ’08
Belly Dance A Raqs Sharqi Mag Troupe Feature Belly Dance Magazine - Winter 2008
Yallah Bellydance & Fire Feature Bellydance Magazine – Feb 2010

Fire Skills:
Palm Torches, Flaming Hula-Hoop, Fans, Fingers, Flaming Headdress, Clubs, Double Staff, Fire Eating, Poi, Fire Wings

Non-fire Skills:
Stilt walking, Hawaiian dance, Hula Hooping
Belly dance - Belly dance props - fire (see fire skills), veil, Isis wings, sword balancing, zills (finger cymbals), fan veil
Circus Skills - (ground) Stilt Walking, Hula Hoop, (aerial) - Trapeze. Lyra