Lesley Rider

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Bio Lesley has been involved in the performance arts in many capacities since joining her high school marching band and winter guard; Canandaigua Academy in the early to Mid 1980's. She quickly transitioned from performer to staff member for her High School working along side a successful national designer after graduation.   After perusing her college education in Graphic Design, Lesley rejoined the dormant program at  Canandaigua Academy as their Director of Guards, breathing life back into a struggling program.  During her time as Director, the guard performed well achieving many awards and championships in their local circuit.  In addition to working with this program, Lesley was hired as a Guard Technician for the Webster High School Marching Band, who competed on a National, Regional and Local level. In addition to working with students, Lesley returned to the performance field as a marching member and staff member of the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps (97-00, 04).   Most recently, Lesley worked with the Victor High School Marching Band and Color Guard as Director/Designer of Guards ('98-08) and consulting and design for an additional two years.  While there, Lesley worked to establish the program locally and ultimately provided the students with the experience of WGI, competing at Regionals in the Northeast Region.  While under her direction, Victor High School achieved many awards locally as well as beginning its' consistent placement into WGI Regional Finals Performances in the Northeast Region.  Lesley began judging locally for the NYFCJ in 2006 and continues to enjoy a great relationship with her local judging community.  Always looking to improve and grow in her craft, she sees herself as always growing and trying to remain current in her discipline; Lesley attended the WGI Academy  to further grow in her responsibilities.  Professionally, Lesley is a AFAA  Certified Professional Group Fitness Instructor.  Currently teaching in a local Health Facility teaching various Group Fitness formats such as Zumba, Zumba Toning, Bokwa and Bokwa Punch and Strike.    

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