An educator in dance halls and traditional classrooms, Laura values student engagement. She seeks to draw out the active learner in everyone. Laura is available for group and private lessons. Laura specializes in blues dance, she also teaches balboa fundamentals. Laura has training in human anatomy to help you better understand your own body and how that relates to dance. In NYC, Laura teaches at You Should Be Dancing..!Friday Night Blues, and Brooklyn Swings.

Private lessons

Private lessons are one-on-one lessons where students have the opportunity to focus on their interests and learn at their own pace. These are perfect for students looking for detailed material, students who want to drill a specific technique, and dancers with experienced styles who want to transform the knowledge they already have into the blues aesthetic.

Private lessons are the perfect way to meld learning with personal connection. For the best experience, please share what you want to work on when you book a private lesson.

Private lessons in NYC

At home in New York City, Laura teaches at You Should Be Dancing..! studios in Midtown Manhattan, just south of Penn Station. To schedule a private lesson, please call (212) 244-0011 and request Laura Chieko.

You Should Be Dancing..!
412 8th Ave, 4th floor
New York, NY 10036

Curriculum development

Laura’s passion is curriculum development to design progressive series of linked classes. She designed both one-week and single-day LEGO robotics workshops for the Girl Scouts Columbia River Council, helped develop a brand-new STEM education field school for Northwest Residence Outdoor School, and has redesigned laboratory activities at New York University. Check out this blog post to learn more about curriculum development.

At Friday Night Blues, Laura created and implemented a custom, flexible fundamentals curriculum. This curriculum has been largely successful, gaining praise from both students and instructors. Laura is more than happy to teach classes or otherwise consult on curriculum development and instructor management if you would like to implement something similar in your own scene.