A dancer from childhood, Laura could not help but apply an artistic perspective, utilising visualisation, space-ground orientation and an exploration of experiential anatomy through the movements. Laura's work is informed by a lifetime of exploration in movement. She is a versatile and knowledgeable teacher with over 30 years of experience in movement. Her strength is in her diverse background; Dance, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga, Franklin method, Body Mind Centering and Contact Improvisation.
Laura moved to the UK in 1988 to train at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and has lived and worked in south London ever since. Laura’s professional dance career started with her award-winning multimedia ensembles, the Trinacria Teatro Danza and then the Compagnia Guarnera Guy, which took the International Choreographic Award in The Netherlands and the Leaders for London Millennium Award, in the UK. She has performed in Europe and Japan, all the time incorporating a sustained educational focus. Laura was Head of the Department of Contemporary Dance at the Performers College for over 20 years. Since 2012, she has been working as an independent movement artist and teacher.
Laura discovered yoga during her pregnancy and, having observed a weightless lucidity at work in her body during the birth of her child, began to use her yoga practice to re-connect to this feeling. She has studied many styles of yoga, from the most physically dynamic to the profound and gentle approach of Vanda Scaravelli. Laura has been inspired by the work of John Stark, Giovanni Felicioni, Sandra Sabatini, Julie Martin and Shiva Rea.
After her successful career in dance and physical theatre, Laura travelled to India, to experience the culture and the traditions of yoga’s birthplace. She gained a Diploma in Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Saraswati Academy, India. She is a Pilates Foundation UK Teacher/member, trained at The Place, London in the year 2000. Her interest lies in modern Pilates, which has brought her to expand her approach to Pilates studying with stimulating teachers such as James De Silva, Anouska Bourne, Susanne Lahusen, and Gary Carter. Laura's interest in ideokinesis has brought her to study with Eric Franklin, himself, the former member of the Franklin Method, to expand her visual approach to functional bodies. She is a qualified Garuda Mat and Apparatus teacher, studying directly with the founder James d'Silva.
Laura uses this passion to create dynamic, flowing, dance-like sequences, which she guides her students through gracefully, joining the movements with breath and cultivating lightness, ease and deep relaxation for her students. Inspired by the power of community and group energy, Laura teaches thriving Yoga, Pilates and Garuda classes in top-end spaces around South London; dance spaces such as Siobhan Davies Dance Studios , community-centred Dulwich Leisure Centre and rehabilitation centre Crystal Palace Physio Group.
Laura applies this work in a class setting as well as in private sessions (small groups or one to one), in a creative as well as therapeutic way. Detailed and intimate one-to-one sessions are offered in South London. She also offers retreats at beautiful centres in Goa and Sicily. Further retreats in Sri Lanka are on the way. Based in her beloved multicultural Peckham, Laura creates nurturing space and shares her knowledge and intuition with a diversity of students, from professional dancers to youth groups, yoga enthusiasts, mums-to-be and older people. Guided by her choreographic knowledge, she teaches her InSpiral Flow approach to movement: safe, fluid, dynamic work interwoven with poetic visualisation and playfulness.
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