Laura is originally from Boston, MA, where she began her formal dance training. In 2006, she graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, Laura moved to Guatemala and worked for “Camino Seguro/Safe Passage”, teaching dance workshops for children and studied latin dance forms. As a choreographer, she has presented her work at International Dance Festivals in Guatemala City, Guatemala and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Following a season working as an adventure guide, Laura moved back to the States and began dancing in Chicago with The Moving Architects. She currently teaches ballet, modern, and jazz dance classes at various studios throughout the city.
My favorite dancing movie is: After careful consideration, I have decided that it has to be “Strictly Ballroom”. I’d like to think that I have a little bit of both main characters in me: I’m about 40% rebellious-technician like Scott and about 60% awkward-albeit-enthusiastic dance nerd like Fran. I still have yet to learn the bogo pogo dance step, however (Strictly Ballroom dance nerds know what I mean).
My favorite non-dancing movie is: The Departed, or any other mob/crime movie based in Boston—-and When Harry Met Sally.
When I’m not dancing I like to: Have adventures!!! Hiking, climbing, swimming, kayaking, caving—-I am a sucker for getting dirty in beautiful places. I have an irrational fear of snakes though——just like Indiana Jones.
My favorite food: I love beans. In every way shape and form, so living in Guatemala was my bean-paradise. But if we’re getting specific, I love Ducal brand refried black beans on top of a tostada with avacado, tomato, onion, and cheese. Yum. Muy yum.
Something you might not know about me is: I worked as a volcano-guide in Guatemala for a year during which I roasted marshmallows on lava, accidentally catapulted my sleeping bag into a ravine at 12,000 feet, and attempted to be the female version of Bear Grylls. I was not completely successful in my Bear Grylls’ honing, but I had the time of my life!