SPOTLIGHT | LAURA GRAHAM

Professional dancers travel far and wide to be coached personally by Laura Graham. Her inquisitive nature is second to none and we look forward to welcoming such an internationally acclaimed dancer, ballet master and repetiteur to our ISS2018 faculty.

 PHOTO: Courtesy of Laura Graham

PHOTO: Courtesy of Laura Graham

At present Laura is a ballet master for the Dresden Semperoper Ballett in Germany where she brings her diverse experiences in coaching pieces ranging from classical, Neumeier, to Balanchine and Forsythe ballets as well as assisting choreographers in new creations. Laura won the top awards in Varna’s 1990 International Ballet Competition, receiving best partner with Steven Hyde, and Mark Godden receiving best choreography for Myth.

As a principal ballerina with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet she performed many classical principal roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadere, Juliet in Rudi Van Danzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Giselle and Myrta in Peter Wright’s Giselle, Titania in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, Louisa in John Neumeier’s Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Four Last Songs by Rudi Van Danzig, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tarantella, Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos, Hammerklavier, Cowgirl in Agnes De Mille’s Rodeo and Jacques Lemay’s Le Jazz Hot Pas de Deux. As well as creating roles, Anne in Jacques Lemay’s Anne of Green Gables, Mark Godden’s Myth as well as Symphony #1, Life by Michael Peters.

As a principal with Bill Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt, Laura was part of numerous creations most notably in the original cast of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude as well as dancing the leads in some of Forsythe’s most well known repertoire including In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Artifact, France Dance, Limbs Theorem and The Second Detail. Laura started teaching and setting ballets in Ballet Frankfurt and soon started teaching as a guest teachers with many companies and open studios around the world including Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet National de Marseille, Nederlands Dance Theater, Ecole de Danse de Geneve, The Forsythe Company, Architanz Studio in Tokyo and The Loft in Brussels.

As a Forsythe Ballet Master, Laura has set ballets on the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, The National Ballet of China, the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea, San Francisco Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, and La Scala Ballet in Milano, Italy. She has also coached many wonderful internationally renowned dancers including Roberto Bolle, Darcey Bussell, Marta Romagna, Alicia Amatrian, Nadja Saidokova, Mikhail Kaniskin, Sofiane Sylve, Yumiko Takeshima, Raphael Coumes Marques to name a few.

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ISS0218 will be Laura’s first visit to Australia and she will be teaching both the senior.dance and youth.ballet courses. 

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January 9-19 2018