Leonel started dancing in this hometown of Merida, Venezuela where his studies included Venezuelan folklore, Latin Jazz, hip hop, Contemporary and Ballet. He was awarded a scholarship to study with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. His professional career includes: Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas under the direction of Zhandra Rodriguez, Ballet Teresa Carreno, Compania Danza Actual under the direction of Macarena Solorzano, Ballet de Marjorie Flores and as dancer and choreographer for one of the Venezuela´s TV networks Venevision. He was invited to dance with Compania Imagen Latinain Los Angeles for the World Salsa Congress, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Contemporay Ballet Theatre, Revolution Latina, Staten Island Ballet, Morales Dance and Ballet Des Moine. He is the Ballet Master of the Staten Island Ballet Company. He performed the role of Prince Desire in ABT’s first production of the Sleeping Beauty and has choreographed dances for both ABT and DCQ.