Trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA (2002-2008), Laurel went on to earn a degree in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. She has since danced professionally for Ballet Arkansas and New Creation Dance Company. Though her background is primarily in classical ballet, she has also performed in modern dance and flamenco pieces, with additional training in jazz, character, and tap.
Professional Performing Credits: The Tree with First Baptist Little Rock (featured dancer)* Assistant Choreographer New Creation Dance Co. Love Never Fails* Various New Creation Dance Co. The Gift of Joy Various New Creation Dance Co./Petra Ballet Company Bolero * Kiyon Gaines Ballet Arkansas Ana* Melody Mennite Ballet Arkansas Simpatico Michael Bearden Ballet Arkansas Instantly Interruptible* Shayla Bott Ballet Arkansas Moultrie's Spring* Darrell Grand Moultrie Ballet Arkansas Visions From Within* Peter Zweifel Ballet Arkansas Swan Lake (Neapolitan/Princess) Adam Sklute after Petipa Ballet Arkansas At the Ellington/Piaf--A Tribute Bud Kerwin Ballet Arkansas Variation of a Theme Michelle Jarvis Ballet Arkansas Happy Holidays Pops Marla Edwards Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Delta...Push Up Open Leslie Schickel Ballet Arkansas Nowhere/Now Here* Tong Wang Ballet Arkansas * indicates world premiere Educational Credits: Don Giovanni (dancer) Jeremy Lindberg OU Opera Theatre The Nutcracker (Spanish soloist) Mary Margaret Holt Oklahoma Festival Ballet Graduation Ball David Lichine Oklahoma Festival Ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream Alun Jones Oklahoma Festival Ballet Balletudes Mary Margaret Holt Oklahoma Festival Ballet
Princesses from Swan Lake. Photo by David Knight
Strong background in Horton modern technique, with some Limón and Graham training
Representative for Ballet Arkansas at outreach events such as March of Dimes, CARTI Festival of Fashion, Garvan Gardens Nutcracker Tea, and Arkansas Children's Hospital performances
Community involvement with New Creation Dance Company through free performances at the Riverfront Stage (Easter sunrise service) and SherwoodFest
Choreographic experience at the University of Oklahoma and New Creation Dance Co., as well as numerous student recital pieces