L a u r a N e e s e

Dance Artist, Choreographer, & Educator

Artist Statement

I am a dancer-performer-creator-explorer interested in the learning process: the articulation, reception and processing of information - kinesthetic, visual, literal, poetic, or otherwise


Laura Neese, a Staten Island native, developed a love for dance under the guidance and friendship of Rosemary Cappozalo. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BFA Dance, BA English, with study at the University of Chichester, UK. She holds certifications in Simonson Technique and Mat Pilates, and is currently pursuing her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Kinected Pilates Center. When not studying or dancing- she's probably teaching pronouns or pythagorean triples.

Laura has worked with artists including Darrah Carr, Suiso Maho Ogawa, Sean Curran, Christopher Caines, Melissa West, Chia Yiing Kao, Shawna Emerick, and Vanessa Voskuil, among others, and co- directed the contemporary dance group KitchenSink Collective with Claire Baum and Caroline Martin from 2012-2016. 

Laura's interest in collaborative arts has led to projects with theatre artists, poets, photographers, video artsits, and musicians. Recent collaborators include Charles Hale Productions (NYC), Lana Stafford (flutist,-Syracuse,NY), Sarah Yuster (painter- Staten Island, NY), Rosita Roldan, (photographer- Staten Island, NY), IPA - Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure -Theatre Company (NYC), Michael Miles (motion capture artist - Durham,NC), Buffalo Contemporary Ensemble, & BABEL Vocal Ensemble (Buffalo,NY).

Teaching Philosophy

Dancing should be a joy - elevating for the body, mind, spirit, and imagination.

I believe technique and creativity go best hand in hand.

All classes focus on healthy alignment, clean technique, creativity, and teamwork, as well as an understanding of the cultural/historical context of the discipline being studied. Laura strives to promote positive environments to deepen each student's dance experience, as they learn to appreciate the many possibilities of movement, and in turn the astounding potential within themselves.

Teaching Credits:

Hofstra University- Adjunct Faculty, Drama and Dance

Hempstead, NY