Former professional dancer, owner, and artistic director of Columbus Youth Ballet Academy, Lee Edwards began his training in Ohio. He continued his training with Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem where he earned a place in their accredited Certificate Program and Dance Pedagogy Program.
Mr. Lee has performed, taught, directed, and choreographed productions all over the United States, Europe, Asia, West Africa, and Puerto Rico. Since his return to Ohio, Mr. Lee has had his students enter and qualify to participate in the New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet based competition and scholarship program for young dancers.
Mr. Lee is also the co-founder and artistic director of Not Just Ballet Theatre (NJB Theatre), a repertory company and school that he founded in 2006 with the late D’Juan McCrary (also a Dance Theatre of Harlem alumnus). Today, Columbus Youth Ballet Academy serves as the school of Not Just Ballet Theatre.