Laura Neese is a versatile, award winning, dance artist and educator from Staten Island, New York. She has performed work by Darrah Carr, Sean Curran, Melissa West, Ann Carlson, Maho Ogawa/suisoco, Christopher Caines, Chia Ying Kao, and Shawna Emerick, among others, and performs her own work. Performance credits include Jacob's Pillow, Symphony Space, Mass MOCA, New Victory Theatre, Wexner Center for the Arts, Irish Arts Center, Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, NBC, ABC, school gymnasiums, senior centers, corner pubs, and local parks.
Neese’s choreography and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented in venues such as the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, LUMEN Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, COOL NY Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, The Secret Theatre, Green Space, Dance New Amsterdam, Snug Harbor, the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Brooklyn Museum, and the Ohio State University. She co-directed the dance company KitchenSink Collective in New York City with artists Claire Baum, Caroline Martin, Joanna Futral, and Katie Vason from 2012-2016. She has received honors for solo choreography from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and is a recipient of the Staten Island Arts Excellence in Arts Award and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence. Her work has been supported by Staten Island Arts, the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio State University Dept. of Dance.
Neese has taught at the Ohio State University, Hofstra University, NYC Irish Arts Center, and various educational programs and studios throughout the greater New York City area. She holds a BFA Dance and BA English from SUNY Buffalo, Pilates Certification from the Kane School, and is currently an MFA Candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University.