Bio: Miss Laura is a native of California, born & raised in Northern California, and attend Long Beach State University studying history (BA), dance (Minor), and was a cheerleader. She has taken dance since age 4 & cheered since age 12 as well as taught and coached cheerleading for over 20 years in various California cities, the Greater Chicago & Cleveland areas.
Laura studied under and/or did master classes with instructors that trained or taught at Royal Academy of Dance, Ballet Rambert, San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Post Ballet, Edge Performing Arts Center, Joffrey Ballet, Long Beach State University. Throughout the years she participated in the Salinas Performing Arts Nutcracker. She danced Corp rolls: Bon bon, Candlelight Fairy, Chinese Tea, Snowflake, Flower; Duets: Ice Princess & Rose Duet; Solo: Shepardess. With Jeanne Robinson’s Dance Arts she danced rolls in Pandora’s Box- Pandora, lead/soloist; Magic Toy Shop, Toy Shop Fairy, lead/soloist; Hansel & Gretel, Forest Angels, trio; Serenade for Strings, soloist. Laura began cheerleading for youth football teams in elementary school, continuing to cheer through middle school, high school, and college.
Laura has taught the following styles of dance over the years: Acro; Ballet; Broadway Jazz/Musical Theatre; Hip Hop; Jazz; Lyrical; Contemporary; Modern; Pom/Cheer; Tap; Master Classes in Jazz & Ballet, AAB performance awards instruction, and choreographed for competitive dance teams in California, Chicago, and Ohio. She also has coached the following styles and ages of Cheerleading: Song Pom, Show Cheer, & Dance Team, all competitive squads (song/pom and show cheer) that also cheered for their sports teams, USA regional and national champions. All for ages from youth football, pop warner, middle school, and high school throughout California. She has judged dance troupe auditions, pointe shoe evaluations, cheerleading tryouts (youth football and high school teams)
Former Students– 49ers Gold Rush Girl, LA Contemporary Dance Co member, Loyola Marymount University dancer, USD dance team, Alvin Ailey student, Joffrey Ballet School student, Dutch National Ballet Junior Company member
Motto: No matter what is going on in your life, there is always something good that happens everyday, whether large or small...what I like to call the, “Highlight of the Day.”
Why I Like Teaching: To share my love of dance, to show my students that dance can always be fun while being disciplined and working hard. Whatever your students go on to do, you are proud and it is so rewarding to see them grow into amazing and successful adults. It is wonderful to stay connected with so many former students over the years and look back on those days so fondly!
Fun Fact: I love to read and a huge sports fan!