Laura Stokes has fostered a passion for connecting community engagement, education and the movement arts over her near-decade living in Pittsburgh. She has taught creative movement in Pittsburgh Public Schools with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and at the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts. She recently co-created “The Contact Lab,” with fellow dancer Jean-Paul Weaver, a workshop committed to inspiring the study of contact improvisation through its community-based approach. Laura has performed works and collaborated choreographically with Moriah Ella Mason’s Yes.Brain.Dance.Theatre and The Pillow Project. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Slippery Rock University.
Raised in Latin America, Laura strives to continually learn about and connect with Pittsburgh’s Latin American community. She has taught and performed Latin dance with Marlon Silva, taught Spanish at Sewickley’s Montessori Children’s Community, and is a Spanish-English interpreter.