DANCER CHOREOGRAPHER TEACHER Laura’s industry career spans thirty years in film, television, stage, concert, and festival as dancer, educator, choreographer, and producer of venues that include productions on HBO, FOX, NETFLIX, HULU, NBC, CBS, stages at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Carmel Arts Festival, SAG Media Awards, St Jude Children’s Hospital, and more. Laura has given master classes and adjudicated throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and online. She is Founding Director of Ignite Dance Workshops nonprofit and award-winning production “Move It Or Lose It” and Pacific Studios of greater Los Angeles. She can be found at DancePlug.com. Laura’s work from 1996-2012 at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and the EDGE Scholarship Program fostered three generations of industry talent on Broadway and in film and television. Laura established her teaching style and reputation during her twelve-year faculty tour with LA Danceforce. She currently teaches with One Dance Epic and Industry Xperience. She has guested with Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions, Summer Intensives, and more. Laura’s work with artists Ryan Heffington, Eboni Nichols, Nicole Berger, Meagan Lawson, Brian Friedman, Mandy Moore, Michael Rooney, Brooke Lipton continues to be a source of family-in-art. She’s had the pleasure of supporting the work of performers Kate Hudson, Julia Dreyfus, Gina Rodriguez and many other film and television cast members during her long career in dance. Laura has developed movement syllabus and evaluations for both the professional and novice level dancer. Her extensive commitment to arts education has won her several foundation grants for workshops, continued education, and professional development and syllabus. When Laura is not dancing, she writes young adult fiction and hosts an online interview blog: Dancing Ahead. DANCING AHEAD Dancing Ahead interviews dancers who have gone before, either leaping down a traditional path or twirling along a road less traveled. For more than thirty years, Laura’s dance work as a performer, choreographer, and educator has connected her to an industry of talented and passionate fellow professionals in film, television, and stage. These closely held associations offer rich insight to our newer generation of dancers, to help guide their success, give support, and offer confirmation for their dance journey. NOVELIST YOUNG ADULT FICTION Jax [Representation More Zap Literary, Jane Hamilton, Michelle Zeitlin] Family tragedy and the dark side of celebrity unfolds as 17-year-old Jax travels to Japan to discover identity and self-worth and uncovers her father’s illustrious past. In search of his final poem, she discovers the depth of revenge as she comes face to face with one who is called the Red Dragon and the meaning of love from a letter hidden in the Ivory Box. Kazzy [Current work in progress] Kazzy must win Best Overall Senior Project in District, Regional, and National competition setting in motion a crusade to save the planet from Global Warming, placing Kazzy in the center of world issues more complex than she had imagined where conglomerate, nature, and family players all collide, vying for ultimate power. ART CONSULTANT Art Consultant at Wyland Galleries, one of the most influential marine life artists of the 21st Century with artworks in museums, corporate collections, and private homes. Wyland’s Foundation is recognized worldwide in bringing our awareness to environmental conservation through his unique marine life paintings, sculptures, and photography.