In the spring of 2000, Laura wanted to find a fun and interesting new exercise program and fell in love with the feminine grace and sensuality that belly dance embodied. But it wasn’t until early 2004 that she had the opportunity to take the plunge with formal classes, when she started studying Egyptian Cabaret with Suspira at Orlando Bellydance. Soon, she was invited to join her instructor’s classical troupe, gaining her first performance experience through student showcases and community events.
Laura’s interest in tribal belly dance was sparked by viewing a video of Rachel Brice in 2005, and it was then that she became captivated by the serpentine, isolated dance form.
Laura began studying tribal fusion with Lacey Sanchez at Florida Tribal Dance in 2006. Finding her home in the exclusive tribal dance school, she became a founding member of Black V Tribal, performing at the Downtown Arts & Living Festival, Café Tu Tu Tango, TribalCon, MegaCon and at other local events and venues.
Taking her interest in dance to a deeper level, Laura became one of the first graduating members of the Florida Tribal Dance teaching format, enabling her to share her love for the dance in the classroom, and has been holding weekly classes since March 2011 at dance studios throughout Orlando.
Laura draws on her experience and background in Cabaret style belly dance to lend a playful and sassy feel to her slinky tribal fusion aesthetic. She performs regularly at venues throughout the state as a soloist, and with her performance company, BalaChandra Belly Dance. In addition to teaching and performing, Laura is a performance makeup artist, offering workshops geared to belly dancers, and also writes the beauty and glamour column and feature articles in Yallah Magazine.
In March of 2012, Laura completed the PiYo Instructor Training and received certification to teach the PiYo Strength fitness format, and is excited to offer the course for its conditioning benefits. Laura also holds a Group Exercise Certification through AFAA.