Laurence...

Born in France, Laurence began her ballet training under the careful tutelage of her mother. She went on to graduate with Honors in 1986 from the pre-professional division of the Geneva Dance Center in Switzerland, where she studied under Mrs. Claudine Kamoun and Mr. David Allen. That same year, she was selected to compete at the illustrious International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, and was offered a contract with the Ballet Du Nord in France. She danced with the company for 15 years, performing as a company member, Soloist and Principal Dancer under the directorship of Alphonso Cata as well as Jean-Paul Comelin and Maryse Delente. In 2001, she moved to Canada to join the Alberta Ballet in Calgary, under the artistic directorship of Mikko Nissinen, and subsequently under Jean Grande-Maître.

Throughout her career, Laurence travelled around the world as an International Artist, performing her extensive repertoire which includes many works from George Balanchine such as Concerto Barocco, Agon, Serenade, Apollo, Allegro Brillante, Who Cares, Four temperaments, Rubies, Scotch Symphony, Square Dance, the Somnambule as well as classics such as Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia. She has been privileged to share the stage with Principal Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and the New York City Ballet, and has performed Sanguinic from the Four Temperament from Mr. Balanchine with former Principal Dancer Damien Woetzel of the New York City Ballet. She has learned from many acclaimed Ballet Masters such as Violette Verdi, Victoria Simon, Sukki Schorer, Willy Burmann and was selected to work with celebrated choreographers as Rudi Van Dantzig, Helgy Thomasson, Jean Babilée, Paul Taylor, José Limon, and Martha Graham, among other.

While continuing her performance career, Laurence obtained a State Diploma for dance instruction from the French Government and since retiring from stage, she has taught and coached in both France and Canada. She is in a great demand as a private coach seeing many of her students successfully audition for various distinguished pre-professional programs and summer schools across North America such as The Royal Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet, SAB, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, & Alvin Ailey.

From 2006 to 2015 Laurence was Ballet Mistress and Associate Artistic Director for Citie Ballet, Edmonton’s resident professional company, where she re-staged many works from the classical repertoire and has taught Master classes for Alberta Ballet, Shumka and Cheremosh. Laurence has been teaching and choregraphing for up to 16 years at many Dance schools in Edmonton and St Albert.

572 Hermitage Road

Edmonton, AB T5A 4N2

780-475-5930

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