Laura began studying American Cabaret Belly Dance with Suspira at Orlando Bellydance in early 2004, eventually joining her instructor’s classical troupe and eventually leading her down a path of creativity and passion for performing and teaching. Interested in the various stylings of the dance brought her to a modern variation, tribal fusion belly dance, and became a founding member of Black V Tribal in Orlando.
Taking her interest in dance to a deeper level, Laura became one of the first graduating members of the Florida Tribal Dance teaching format and has been holding weekly classes since March 2011 at dance studios throughout Central Florida.
Laura draws on her experience and background in Cabaret belly dance to lend a playful and sassy feel to her slinky fusion aesthetic, embracing a personal style she heralds as “glossy fusion belly dance.” She performs regularly at venues throughout the state as a soloist, and with her performance company, BalaChandra Belly Dance. In addition to teaching and performing, Laura is a performance makeup artist, offering workshops in stage makeup, and also wrote the beauty and glamour column and feature articles in Yallah Magazine.
Through her commitment to fitness and the benefits of conditioning to her dance practice, Laura completed certification with Barre Above® in July 2018, teaching Barre Fitness and Gentle Barre at her home studio, Serenity Now Yoga. She also teaches Core & Conditioning high intensity classes, Belly Dance Fitness, and special workshop topics.
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