Leroy Cowan was born to Irene Cowan of Rock Hill, South Carolina and studied at Howard University and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School.
He and his wife Lillie Shade had three children. Cowan passed away at age 46 on April 4, 2000 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
‘Admirable’ Top Word For Ballet, The Tennessean
Leroy Cowan, The Herald
Ballerina, Company Scheduled At Dunbar, The Evening Sun
A Fallow Period for The Capitol Ballet, The Washington Post
Capitol Dancing, The Washington Post
Seacoast Sketches, New York Public Library