Leonora Voigtlander was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She started her training at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School from the age of five. As a teenager, Leonora received scholarships to study year-round at both the School of Ballet Chicago and the Miami City Ballet School. Upon graduation, Leonora joined the Saint Louis Ballet Company. Her favourite role from her repertoire was being featured in Twyla Tharp’s The Storyteller.
Leonora joined the RNZB in June 2014. She has performed in A Christmas Carol, Don Quixote, and Salute. She danced roles including the Wicked Witch of the West in Francesco Ventriglia’s The Wizard of Oz, Peaseblossom in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and as a Wili in Ethan Stiefel and John Kobborg’s Giselle during the company’s UK and Italy tour in 2015 and the New Zealand restaging in 2016.
The highlight of 2016 was performing in all three of the works in the acclaimed Speed of Light mixed bill which included William Forysthe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Andonis Foniadakis’ Selon désir and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.
Leonora revisited Cacti in 2017 and also performed Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 as part of the Three By Ekman triple bill. That same year she also performed in Carmen and L’Arlésienne by Roland Petit and the premiere season of Francesco Ventriglia’s Romeo and Juliet.