John Leonard, a native of Chicago, began his dance studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his Bachelors of Arts with honors in dance from Columbia College of Chicago. Leonard continued his dance studies at Arizona State University where he was a graduate student and teaching assistant on scholarship. Leonard has performed with the Cavaliers and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Field of View and Pride of Cincinnati winter guards, Ludwig Dance Theatre, and the national and Japan tours of the Broadway show Blast.

A teacher and choreographer for nearly twenty years, his work has been seen in most of the fifty United States and even abroad in places like Thailand, Indonesia, Italy, and Japan. Mr. Leonard is in his ninth year as director of the Scholastic World Marcus Color Guard program, and has worked with distinguished organizations such as Fred J. Miller Clinics, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Crossmen, First Flight, and Field of View. Locally, Leonard served five years on the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) executive Board in various roles such as: Secretary, Vice President of Color Guard, and two years as President. Leonard recently completed a two-year term on the WGI Color Guard Steering Committee as the A/Open representative.