For 2013-14 school year Miss Laurie will be teaching:
- Tues 9:30-10am Intro to Dance
- Tues 10:15-11:15am Pre-dance
- Tues 11:30-12:30pm Home School Ballet
- Thurs 9:30-10:30am Ballet/Tap Combo
- Thus 10:45-11:45 Jazz/Tap Combo
- Sat 9-9:30am Creative Dance
- Sat 9:45-10:45am Pre-dance
- Sat 11-12pm Ballet 1 & 2
- Sat 12-1pm Recreational Jazz/Lyrical Fusion
- Sat 1-2:30pm Ballet 4 & 5 (extra technique opportunity)
Seattle native, Ms. Laurie Balise (Roberts) has been a lifetime dance participant and arts enthusiast, having begun ballet classes at the age of three with Dorothy and Nelle Fisher. She was an originating company member of Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT) in Edmonds, WA, where she studied ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, and partnering with artistic directors John and Helen Wilkins. She performed extensively throughout the West Coast at numerous Pacific Regional Ballet Festivals and for the company’s annual Spring Showcases, full-length Nutcrackers, holiday Santa Breakfasts, and local exhibition performances and fundraisers for the Edmonds Arts Festival, Seattle Center and numerous schools, malls, and churches. She also helped on occasion teaching with OBT and with collaborative choreography for several Festival entrant pieces for the Emerging Choreographers Division. During that time she received a dance scholarship to the Craft of Choreography Conference in Geneva, NY, where she trained with choreographers and composers from across the country. She was also a finalist in a NW talent search.
In recent years, Ms. Roberts has taught aerobic dance and step aerobics with Mieko’s Fitness Clubs in Seattle/Edmonds and currently with LA Fitness of Mill Creek, and appeared in two aerobics videos, both with internationally recognized aerobics professional Kari Anderson.
Ms. Roberts received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Washington and was the Publicist for the Seattle Symphony during the opening of Benaroya Hall. Additionally, she was an intern with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) communications department and served on the board of directors for their Backstage Pass Group —a young adults’ arts membership affiliation—and volunteered in other capacities including elementary school education outreach.
Ms. Roberts currently enjoys being a fulltime mother of 2 young girls (who also love to dance here with her).