Laura Belly Dancer


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Raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Laura's true passions have always lay in the exotic east. Her mother an expressive vocalist and her father a musician and artist of many talents, rhythm and the urge to dance came naturally. Laura's diverse training includes over nine years of Belly Dance, as well as a sampling of Latin, Hip Hop and Odissi, a style of Indian classical dance born in the temples of Orissa. It was love at first sight when Laura saw bellydance in a local theatre production.

She began taking lessons immediately and before long was eagerly performing in variety shows, festivals and parades. She was later accepted into Halifax's Belindance Belly Dance Troupe where she studied and performed regularly for two years. After finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University, Laura traveled to the Far and Middle East to explore this dance form, spending time in Turkey with Turkish master of Oriental dance Sema Yildiz, and in Bhubaneswar, India where she studied Odissi at Jyoti Kala Mandir School of Indian Classical Arts under Guru Padma Cheran Dehury. After returning, Laura moved to Toronto to study with Canada's pioneer of Egyptian dance, Yasmina Ramzy of Arabesque. She is currently dancing with the Arabesque Dance Company, Canada's leading Middle Eastern dance and music ensemble.

Laura continues to dedicate her time to studying and taking workshops with with renowned teachers such as Montreal's Hadia, Belly Dance Superstars Aziza, Zoe, Rachel Brice, and Ansuya, Bellyqueen Dance Theatre, the legendary Suhaila Salimpour, Cairo stars Aida Nour, Randa Kamel and Sahra Saeeda, The phenomenal Tito and Amir Thaleb, and the exquisite Hannan Sultan. Performance highlights include dancing in Istanbul, Turkey at Club Playshow, and in Pushkar, India at the Old Ranji Temple.

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In Nova Scotia she has performed at many venues including The Marquee Club, The Khyber Center for the Arts and weekly at Anatolia Turkish Cuisine. With Monique Ryan as burlesque duo Kali's Courtesans (now Caberet Serpentine), Laura performed in the Black Rose Cabaret Vaudeville show and regularly with the wildly popular Halifax Burlesque Society. Monique and Laura recently put on the hugely successful "Cabaret Serpentine" show in Halifax. She has appeared twice on Breakfast Television, and with Belindance Belly Dance Troupe in Fringe Festival hits "Caravan to Cairo" and "Desert Dance". As a member of Arabesque Dance Company Laura performed in the large scale production "Asala" and continues to dance in many festivals and events. In Toronto Laura has been the featured dancer at Gypsy Co-op, Ambrosia, Aladdin's, Mawaal, Shiraz, Prestige, Langolino, Christina's, Myth and more. A sought-after performer at weddings, parties, and events, you can also find Laura teaching classes at Arabesque and Aradia Fitness.