I have been taking belly dance classes from Laura for almost 4 years and her showgirl slimdown classes for about 1 1/2 years. I love her style of teaching and her attention to technique. Laura makes each class fun and enjoyable. Laura also encouraged our showgirl class to perform for her professional dance group, and she worked hard to create choreography for each number. I would totally recommend taking one of Laura's classes!
If you haven't been to Laura's classes, you are missing out. Both the Belly Dance and Showgirl Slimdown classes are fun and her patience is amazing, especially with the choreography we do for our performances at various venues. Talk about outside my comfort zone! Her constant praise and encouragement in our performances has helped my confidence no end and I know the other girls in the class feel the same! Well done Laura!
Laura is a great teacher. I start a few months ago with her classes and I tried them all. She is very observant of what each one of students need, personally I like to be pushed over my limits and she does, as well as she reminds me to take it easy when she knows I'm not 100%, she also give different modifications in her classes for different levels of training so everyone can follow her and nobody feels excluded. My body shape and my physical strength really changed in the past few months, as well as my mind, I feel better inside and out.
As a fellow group exercise instructor and dancer, I consider myself to be pretty tough critic, and Laura is a really great instructor. She does a great job of explaining movements with attention to details that really make a performance stand out. Her choreography is challenging but attainable for anyone. She is extremely professional and you can feel her confidence and knowledge as she maintains focus on the fitness and form elements of her classes. Her classes are not intimidating and her students are welcoming and fun to be with.
I have never taken any type of dance class. Laura's belly dance is so much fun! I forget about everything and learn to how to move my hips while my top is still!! I also take Laura's Showgirl Slimdown class. I feel sexier and more confident. I can't thank Laura enough for her dedication.
"Laura Barsalou is a wonderful and amazing dancer, instructor, and person. I love her classes! She has a unique way of explaining the moves and reinforcing technique that is easy for all students of different levels to understand.
I will forever be grateful to her for re-introducing dance in my life. I admire her passion for teaching and dancing. She is inspiring! I recommend her classes to anyone who wants to try belly dance, improve their current skills, or who just wants to have a good time dancing in a supportive environment."
- Janelle Wells
"Laura Barsalou is professional, punctual and thorough as a hired performer. She is determined to meet a client’s expectations and leave them wanting more. There is no question that she has fun while she dances and she wants to make sure her audience is having fun too!
Laura is also a creative inspiration to fellow dancers and students. During group classes and workshops, she takes the time to provide one on one attention providing each student with feedback. She is full of enthusiasm and shares this beauty with all of those she encounters. Laura is a first-rate instructor who feeds new students with her support and passion to grow with their love for belly dance."
- Keely Adrian
"Laura is the ultimate "explainer!" She can make even the most complicated moves make sense, and that is not always easy for someone like me. Laura is the kind of teacher that makes you feel like you'll get anything.
Her classes are more than instructional. She makes class an education, a workout (her drills will kick your butt!), and fun.
Though I love all of Laura's classes, I just adore her beginning/basic classes. I've been belly dancing since 2006 and still love going to the occasional beginners class that Laura teaches!"