About Laura | Competitions
Laura started dancing in 2001 in San Antonio. It wasn’t a very large scene, and the people teaching her hadn’t been dancing very long, but she quickly came to love lindy hop, the music, the history and everything involved.
Now Laura travels the world teaching, competing, performing and learning. She is a passionate believer in dancing with swing, with rhythm, and with presence. She constantly strives to find something genuine and fun, instead of finding the next cool move, and passionately believes that follows and leads are two vitally important sides of the same coin. She is also an active participant in her home community, Austin, TX; co owning a teaching company, The Lindy Project, with Scott Angelius & Mike Roberts, participating in the Austin Swing Syndicate board, the Austin Lindy Exchange board, organizing community events, and any number of things to keep Austin one of the best scenes around.
Laura met swing and jazz music through her love of dancing Lindy Hop, and has been in love with it ever since. Through her study of different artists and jazz genres, she has noticed striking similarities to dance, and feels that understanding the music has enriched her ability to be expressive and appropriate. You can learn so much about texture, power and subtlety from Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Freddie Green, and the list goes on forever. The music and the dance were made for each other, and if the music is good, dancing is going to be easy and inspired. She looks forward to sharing that inspiration with the people on the floor.