Professor of Dance at
University, earned her B.F.A. (double major)
& Modern Dance from Texas Christian University
and her M.F.A. in Dance from the
of Illinois at
began her professional training at The National Academy of Dance in
as a young ballet dancer and eventually became a scholarship student
with the Joffery Ballet School
and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
Laurie's dual respect and love for both ballet and
contemporary dance has afforded her the opportunity to perform and
learn the works of many great artists in the field such as Martha
Graham, Paul Taylor, Bebe Miller, Dwight Rhoden, Stephen Koester,
Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey, Vaslav Nijinsky,
Michel Fokine, Marius Petipa, Robert North, and Frederick
Ashton (among many others).
Laurie has been the recipient of various grants and
fellowships for her work in choreography, teaching, and research.
Her choreographic work has been performed by the Columbus
Dance Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Shelter
Repertory Dance Theatre, the University of Minnesota at Duluth, and
presented at the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival, the Harold
Washington Library Theatre in Chicago, Illinois State University,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Winona State
University, the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, Eureka College,
Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Governor’s School for the
Arts, several American College Dance Festivals, and beyond.
Since 1988, Laurie's teaching focus at Illinois State University
has been in the areas of ballet and modern dance technique,
Improvisation, dance composition, and dance pedagogy.
Laurie also serves as Assistant Dean to the College of Fine Arts and teaches at
the high school level for
High School. She has
served on the National Board of the American College Dance Festival,
Illinois State Board of Education Dance Content Advisory Committee,
adjudicator for the Springfield Area Arts Council, panelist for a
variety of learning symposiums in the arts and in general education,
Artistic Director of Illinois State Dance Theatre, ballet mistress
for Twin Cities Ballet, Executive Director of Illinois Summer School
for the Arts, Chair of the Illinois Dance Association, adjudicator
for Beloit College, panelist for the Illinois Arts Council
Artist-In-Residency program, member of the ISBOE Learning Standards
Initiative in the Fine Arts, external evaluator for dance faculty at
the Conservatory of Music, Dance Division, University of Cincinnati
and Case Western Reserve University, and as Dance
Division Chair for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts.