Guest Artist courtesy of Martha Graham Dance Company
Laurel trained at Central School of Ballet where she graduated with a 1st Class BA Honours Degree, whilst at Central she worked with choreographers such as Russel Maliphant, David Nixon and Christopher Hampson, creating pieces for Ballet Centrals UK tour. Upon graduating Laurel performed as part of the 50th Anniversary Cast UK Tour of West Side Story.
In 2010 she joined ADiaspora Collective dancing in ‘Frusted’ in London and Europe, she then joined Uchenna Dance in Autmun 2010 performing with them throughout London at venues such as The Bernie Grant and The Richmix Theatre. As a member of Antique Dances she performed at Glastonbury Festival, Exeter Fringe Festival and a Summer Season at The Kings Head, Islington. Laurel worked the Maxwell Dance Project throughout 2011/2012 performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank, 2012 Resolutions! and The RichMix theatre. In September 2012 she performed with James Cousins Company at Sadler’s Wells. Laurel is also a member of Joss Arnott Dance, since joining in 2010 she’s created and performed in roles nationally and internationally, supporting Alvin Ailey at the Brighton Dome, 2011 International Dance Festival in Madrid, 2012 Dark Angel Tour, their 2013 National Autumn Tour. Most recently, with Joss Arnott in the Autumn 2014 she created the solo ‘V’ in collaboration with the musician James Keane. Laurel has been working with Smallpetitklein in Scotland, dancing in ‘Struileag’ as part of the Commonwealth Games and Glasgow Cultural programme 2014. She was also involved in the creation of their newest work ‘The Adventures of Isabel’ which toured throughout Scotland. She has also danced in their Dance Theatre work ‘Cut’ and ‘Wheechin Aboot’. Laurel began working with Yorke Dance Project in January 2014 and after working with Robert Cohan was inspired to audition for the Martha Graham Dance Company which she joined in 2015. She performs lead roles in Graham’s Errand into the Maze, Maple Leaf Rag and Diversion of Angels, and roles in contemporary works by Marie Chouinard, Pontus Lidberg and Annie-B Parson