Lesley Bandy grew up in New Zealand training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus under Doreen O'Leary, and was coached by Rowena Jackson. She went to the UK at age 15 to study ballet full-time - first at the Scottish Ballet School and then at the Royal Ballet School in London.
Lesley danced with the Royal Opera Ballet at Covent Garden, then as Principal and Adagio dancer in production shows - Lido in Paris, in Hong Kong, Reno & Las Vegas. She guested in classical ballet roles, in contemporary dance concerts, and had many pieces choreographed on her.
In the past, Lesley performed many of the leading classical ballet roles including: Giselle, Myrtha, Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanhilda (Coppelia), The Glove Seller (Gaite Parisienne), The Cowgirl (Rodeo), La Sylphide, Cinderella, Dying Swan, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire pas de deux.
And Contemporary - Lizzie Borden, Red Sun Rising, Genevieve.
An Honest Conversation May 2023 at Circa Theatre in Wellington.
Presented by Java Dance Theatre, Lesley (age 71) and Bjorn Aslund (age 25) danced and talked honestly.
2021 - Smile Lines, an intergenerational duet choreographed by Loughlan Prior for Lesley Bandy & Laura Saxon Jones.