Laura has been a professional in the ballet industry for over 15 years. A California native, she began her training in Santa Barbara at GVSB. When her family moved to the Inland Empire Laura began studying at Inland Pacific Ballet. Along with the faculty at IPB, she was privileged to work with well-known choreographers and teachers such as, Stanley Holden, Janek Schergan, Glenn Edgerton, Lawrence Blake, Arturo Fernandez, Charlotte Richards, and Maria Vegh. Laura spent her summers at intensive training programs under a scholarship program at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She performed classic contemporary works by Jiri Kylian as well as world premieres created by Robert Moses. She studied the summer of 2006 at Maple Conservatory with former ABT soloist Charles Maple, at the helm.
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Beginning at a young age, Laura performed such works as Serenade, Theme and Variations, Stars and Stripes, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake, as well as many new works designed and created specifically for Inland Pacific Ballet. These included, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Dracula.
After 5 years spent with Inland Pacific Ballet, Laura decided to embark on the next chapter of her career as a freelance artist. Much of her dancing has been on stage in live works such as Loving the Silent Tears, The Glory of Christmas, The Glory of Easter, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Phantom, Pizzicati, Dance in the USA, Appalachian Spring, Romeo and Juliet to name a few. She has been featured in music videos with artists such as Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off, Daft Punk’s Lose Yourself to Dance and the hit TV series Lucifer. In 2014 Laura joined the San Francisco Opera as a corps member of the opera’s resident dance company.
For 4 years she worked with great choreographers such as Lynne Page in Les Troyens, Colm Seary in Des Meistersinger and again as a principal in Andrea Chenier. She was honored to be chosen to be part of the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, directed by Peter Sellars and composed by John Adams. In the Fall of 2018 Laura joined the LA Opera in their production of Hansel and Gretel, performing alongside Grammy award winner Susan Graham.
In addition to her extensive stage time and dance career, Laura began to teach at the age of 19, finding a new passion in the coaching and mentoring of young dancers. In 2014 she met former Maggie Black trained dancer Mario Nugara. At this point in her career, she felt the need of a new perspective to help her retain strength for a long career with fewer injuries. It was also her desire to grow as a teacher and mentor. Along with this technique and teaching method Laura developed her own successful syllabus for her students and SoCal Arts.
Many of her current students have been accepted and offered scholarships to some of the most acclaimed schools in the country such as, The Rock School of Dance, American Ballet Theater and the School of American Ballet. For the past 3 years, Laura has coached her students to participate in Youth American Grand Prix. In YAGP’s 2019 competition, Laura’s student Katie O’Gara was awarded top 24 in the Southern California Senior division and invited to perform Spotlight Awards in Los Angeles.
As a young dance student, Laura took Pilates classes on a regular basis, and it became an integral part of the strength training necessary for a career in dance. In the Fall of 2019 Laura was awarded the Career Transitions for Dancers grant, upon being awarded the grant she was trained in the full Pilates Mat program from some of the most accomplished Basi faculty in the US. She is eager to incorporate this incredible cross training into her pre professional program, and to bring Pilates mat to the Monrovia Community.
Along with her husband, Laura is delighted to bring her talents to Monrovia and share her love of dance, art, and the mentorship of aspiring young students.