After earning her BFA in Dance from UMass Amherst in 1997, she earned an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College in 2000. Since then, she has been performing, teaching and creating work with former professors, fellow artists and students in various private schools, local dance studios, and colleges such as Mount Holyoke College, Keene State College, Chaos Theory Dance Company, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Deerfield Academy, Amherst Ballet, Karen’s Dance Studio, and the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. Laurel became the Director of Dance at the Williston Northampton School in 2007 where the first summer intensive was held. Now, she brings the summer dance intensive experience to the community as an extension of her new venture, Ascendance Inner World Arts. When she’s not teaching and choreographing dances, she can be found taking yoga classes or spending time with her husband Dylan, and her children, Gabriel and Charlotte.