Leyla Cantu

Board Member

Leyla Cantu is a real estate broker at Can-2 realty. In 2017, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services at Springfield, College. Mrs. Cantu volunteered at J.W. Oates elementary as a dance instructor and was also a member of the school’s Share Decision Committee.  She was also the Executive Director of Houston Organization of Latino Artists, also known as H..O..L.A., an artistic development organization which focuses on promoting, enhancing and discovering talent by actively recruiting musicians and performers to allow them to reach their full potential.

Leyla Cantu very passionate about preserving and promoting the Mexican-American culture through the performing arts, and feels necessity and responsibility to share the sense of pride and identity that she has for the Mexican culture through dance. .  Keeping in mind that children are our future, and a good foundation increases the possibilities of becoming successful citizens and an asset to society.

She has been dancing in a professional ballet folklorico group for the past 14 years. In 2014 she founded TBH/Mejikenze Ballet Folklorico at Talento Bilingue de Houston with a group of new dancers ranging between the ages of 5 and 18 years old.  Mejikenze currently offers intensive and specialized training in the art of Mexican folk dance, emphasizing technique, body alignment, strength, control and style.  The program is designed to develop-well rounded dancers and expand choreography by learning repertoire from various states and regions from Mexico.  Mejikenze Ballet Folklorico also prepares students to follow either a professional or collegiate path, while assisting them prepare auditions videos for various scholarship programs and university submissions.

As has been noted, Leyla Cantu focuses in encouraging the teens in our community to discover their passion in art, music, drama and dance.  She strongly believes that it will help them do better in school, find it easier to stay out of trouble and less likely to become depressed.