As an instructor, Laura is known for her sunny disposition, clear explanations, and captivating exploration of tiny details. Laura is available for group and private lessons. She primarily teaches blues but she is also available to teach Lindy hop and balboa. Laura teaches at You Should Be Dancing..!Friday Night Blues, and Brooklyn Swings.

Check out her calendar for exact dates and more details on all her classes, or contact her to schedule a lesson!

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.

Teaching History

Traditional Classrooms

An inherent educator, Laura has been teaching for over a decade. She started in the world of STEM education where she taught LEGO robotics and the science behind sustainable living to middle school students. She has assisted in undergraduate Diversity of Life lab classes at Tulane University and taught Human Evolution at New York University.

Local Classes

Friday Night Blues NYC, New York, NY
Instructor, 2014-present
Curriculum Coordinator, 2015-present

You Should Be Dancing..!, New York, NY
Instructor, 2017-present

Brooklyn Swings, Brooklyn, NY
Instructor, 2015-present

Powerhouse Blues, Philadelphia, PA
Guest instructor, October 24, 2016
Guest instructor, December 12, 2016
Guest instructor, December 19, 2016

Blues Union, Boston, MA
Guest instructor, December 8, 2016

Event Workshops

June 8-10, 2018
Blues Bump with Clyde Wright
Montreal, QC, Canada

March 16-18, 2018
Steel City Blues, guest instructor with Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
Pittsburgh, PA

January 19-21, 2018
Blues with Friends, main instructor with Clyde Wright
St. Louis, MO

December 8-10, 2017
Snowbound Blues, main instructor with Shawn Hershey
Rochester, NY

October 13-15, 2017
Bambloozled, main instructor with Clyde Wright
Washington, D.C.

August 4-6, 2017
Sweet Molasses Blues, guest instructor
Boston, MA

July 28-30, 2017
MezzJelly Blues NYC, main instructor with Ross Blythe
New York, NY

February 17-19, 2017
Mo’ Better Blues, main instructor with Shawn Hershey
Nashville, TN

December 2-4, 2016
Snowbound Blues, guest instructor
Rochester, NY

September 30th-October 2nd, 2016
Lonestar Strut, guest instructor with Ross Blythe
Austin, TX

Local Workshops

May 2018
Blues in the Fast Lane
3-hour open level workshop
Denver, CO

April 2018
Jukin’ Blues with Matt Rapp
3-hour open level workshop through You Should Be Dancing..!
New York, NY

March 2018
Introduction to Blues and Fusion with Mark Carpenter
1.5-hour class with Mark Carpenter at Motley Hue
New York, NY

March 2018
Texas Shuffle with Clyde Wright
3-hour open level workshop through You Should Be Dancing..!
New York, NY

October 2017
Ballroomin’ Blues with Clyde Wright
3-hour open level workshop through You Should Be Dancing..!
New York, NY

June 2017, July 2017, October 2017
Blues Crash Course
3-hour beginner workshop through You Should Be Dancing..!
New York, NY

September 2017
Intersection of Jazz and Blues
4-hour open level workshop through Yale Swing, Blues, and Fusion
New Haven, CT

August 2017
Solo Blues Workshop
2-hour open level workshop through You Should Be Dancing..!

December 2016
Shave and a Haircut with Marc Longhenry
1-hour intermediate workshop through Lindy and Blues
Philadelphia, PA

February 2016
Connection Intensive with Brian Richards
4-hour all-levels workshop through Blues Dance New York
New York, NY

September 2015
Level Up Your Blues with Brian Richards
2-hour all-levels workshop through Swing Cville
Charlottesville, VA