Cheerleader of the Week 2016: Leanna

Meet the Colts Cheerleader Of The Week

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Born in Indianapolis and raised in Crawfordsville, Leanna has spent her whole life in Indiana.

But dancing gave her the opportunity to travel and see other places.

"I started dancing at the age of two, I was like two and a half. As soon as I could walk, really," she says. "I started out at a dance studio, danced competitively for them and then went on to dance for my middle school and high school dance teams, danced competitively there also and competed at state and nationals and won many titles with them."

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While she was in high school, she also danced for the Indiana Fever. And in college, she continued to compete on the Purdue dance team. 

"One of my dance team coaches was a professional dancer for the Pacers for several years and just seeing her and how professional dance affected her life, I just knew I wanted to go into professional dance after college."

Now in her fourth season with the Colts Cheerleaders, Leanna says dancing is just part of who she is.

"I don't really go a day without dancing, whether it's on the field or at home by myself dancing in the mirror. It's how I express myself, I guess. It's just a release when I'm happy or sad about something or stressed, going to practice helps me calm down and dancing is just a form of release."

Along with a big stage to dance on, cheering for the Colts has given Leanna a special relationship with other women who share her passion.

Highlights from Leanna's 2017 Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Shoot. (Ohio River Cabins - Derby, IN) www.ohiorivercabins.net

"My whole life, I've always been on a team. So, I just love the sisterhood of it – the bonding, the friendships that are formed through cheering and being a part of this team," she says. "It's such a strong bond, it really is. When somebody is down, we're all down. When somebody is up, we're all up. It's like a family. We love and care for each other, it's genuine."

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She also loves representing the horseshoe.

"I love meeting new people and putting a smile on their face, bringing joy to anybody and everybody who I can come into contact with."

For Leanna, dancing is a gift she loves to give.

"I dance with my heart. It truly comes from my heart. It's a passion of mine. God gives us all gifts and dance is one of my gifts. So, I've got to use it to full capacity. I try and give my all to it every time I dance, whether it's doing a junior cheer routine or doing one of our dance routines, I try to give 100 percent and just enjoy it. I love performing."

Leanna is chasing a dream.

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"I want to travel the world and I want to dance on tour with an artist."

She's not sure where it will take her – but she'll know when she gets there.

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