Dance combines Laurel's loves of athleticism and art. The trademarks of her work are storytelling and highly physical partnering and ensemble movement; she draws upon mythology and archetype to underpin her work with a dash of epic. Working with both nondisabled (conventional) and disabled or physically-integrated companies, she makes pieces which excite the eye and satisfy the story.
Laurel began her dance career with Full Radius Dance in 2004 and is part of the disabled artists’ collective Kinetic Light, where in addition to choreographic collaboration and performance in such award-winning works as DESCENT she contributes production design and leads technical innovation, including the Audimance project and the Access ALLways initiative. Still other transdisciplinary work lives in her independent practice.
Laurel is also a noted teacher especially for wheelchair-using dancers. Her work in wheelchair design can be viewed in an ongoing design archive, TRUE, as well as the latest iterations in the chairs she uses in performance. She researches and writes on technique and aesthetics, access and equity, and next on her publication list are chapters about wheelchair design, seating, and strapping for dancers.
Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists is made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation