Leanne Pero is an award-winning Dance entrepreneur who founded her community dance company The Movement Factory at the tender age of 15 years old. Through this vision Leanne has successfully fundraised over £250,000 to run community dance programmes and events all over London, Kent and surrey.
Leanne’s accolades include a Highly commended nod as one to watch in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 as well as a nod at the Women of the Future Awards in 2012. She won the Black Business Initiative Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2008, 2010 and 2014, won Southwark Community Champion Award in 2008, won the GLE London Rising Star of the Year Award in 2009, won a Southwark Volunteer Centre Rising Star of the Year Award in 2010 and recently won a London Youth community champion award in 2017.
Her credits include work for Nike, Kelly Holmes Education, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Pimlico Plumbers, Mr Delicious UK, Ed Tracey, Southbank Centre, The Media Trust, Houses of Parliament, Gordon Brown and has been featured in and on media outlets such as Sky News, BBC News, The Sun newspaper, Metro and the guardian.
Leanne self-published her first book at the beginning of 2016 titled Take control, a self-help style book aimed at 18-30 year olds detailing her life hardships as a victim of sexual abuse and a troubled business woman battling depression.
Sadly, Leanne was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the end of 2016 and after successfully completing a gruelling course of chemotherapy and undergoing a bilateral mastectomy she was given the all clear in the summer of 2017.
More recently Leanne was named Chief Executive Officer of world iconic brand- Pineapple Dance Studio’s first charity- Pineapple Community.