Cultivating curiosity is a critical intersection between performance, composition, and pedagogy, and the nexus in which I situate my practice as a teaching artist.  

ModERIN Masterclass. University at Buffalo Dept. of Theatre and Dance

For me,  being a teacher and being an artist are inextricable.

Cultivating curiosity is a critical intersection between performance, composition, and pedagogy, and the nexus in which I situate my practice as a teaching artist.  

Teaching is the generous, honest communication with the intention to empower students/clients/participants/co-learners with skills - and curiosity- to continue to grow  on their own.  Encouraged and with joy.


My ideal movement practice class fosters bodily awareness and cultivates personal confidence, risk-taking, and fun- while attending to the physical, cultural, and historical specifics of the technique being studied.

By articulating  physical goals and historical context of a dance form, and empowering students with functional anatomical information to help them execute those goals to the best of their abilities, I work to promote empowered, culturally sensitive, and functional physical engagement with various movement aesthetics.

“Laura has been a very relatable teacher. She has helped me better understand how to use my body to it’s fullest potential ."

-Student, Ballet, Hofstra University

"Laura is one of the best professors I've had in the Dance Department. . . . She is very encouraging and knowledgable and wants to see each of her students grow."

- Student, Pilates Reformer,The Ohio State University

"Familiarity with several different forms of dance enables Laura to have crossover conversations with the students . . . She makes the techniques of an art form peculiar to one tiny country seem accessible to anyone, and never lacks for humor.  The class atmosphere invited people to take risks, trying strange new steps, without intimidation.”

-Pat Flynn, Program Advisor, AIE  Irish Dance Residency

"Laura is an incredibly dedicated educator. It is crystal clear that she cares about her students in every way and at all times. She has not only offered detailed instruction, but also several other resources related or unrelated to the course for almost any situation. Laura has handled the impact of covid–19 with intelligence and care for her students. She is also clearly invested in the course material and teaches with enthusiasm and dedication."

- Student, Pilates Reformer, The Ohio State University

"The class was taught in a way that was great for beginners and advanced dancers."

-Student, Irish Dance,  Hofstra University

“Laura is an amazing professor. She makes you feel comfortable and not afraid to explore. Her warm ups are extremely helpful and useful.”

-Student, Modern for Non-Majors, Hofstra University

“Thank you so much for dance. I feel good about myself since we did that. I love dance not that much though, but it was kind of fun.”

-6th Grade Student, MS210

“I liked doing cool moves.”

-Kindergarten Student, PS270

Selected Dance Teaching Experience:


The Ohio State University

Department of Dance, Columbus ,OH

Instructor of Record: Pilates Reformer

Injury/Wellness Consultant

Teaching Assistant: Anatomy & Kinesiology for Dancers, Introduction to Dance Education

Guest Teaching: Contemporary, Ballet, Improvisation, Irish Dance


Hofstra University

Department of Drama and Dance, Hempstead, NY

Irish Dance, Modern, Ballet, Dance Appreciation/Global Contexts


Irish Arts Center, NY, NY

Step Dance, Ceili Dance, ModERIN (Darrah Carr Dance  Company Technique and Repertory)


Dance Theatre of Harlem, NY,NY

Dancing Through Barriers K-12 Teaching Artist



Learning Through An Expanded Arts Program

Literacy, Dance, & Theater K-12 Teaching Artist


Gibney Dance Center, NY, NY

Professional Contemporary Class


Joffrey Character and World Dance Intensive NY, NY

Irish Dance


SUNY University at Buffalo

Department of Dance, Buffalo, NY

ModERIN Masterclass


Moore Catholic High School Performing Arts Institute, Staten Island, NY

Choreographer/Dance Coach

Thoroughly Modern Millie


BAX: Brooklyn Arts Exchange Brooklyn, NY

ModERIN Masterclass


Young Audiences of New Jersey/ New Jersey Arts In Education Consortium

K-12 Teaching Artist

 © 2020 by Laura Neese

photos © Lance J. Reha, Stephen Delas Heras, Ron Nicolaysen, Christopher Duggan, Whitney Browne, Andrew Ribner, Allison Stock, Theodore Kaufman, Richard Velasco, Robert McCormick