Alicia Laumann is an independent ballet and modern teacher, choreographer and certified Pilates instructor.  She received her high school diploma from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, her BA (summa cum laude) and her MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine and her Pilates certification from the Pilates Center of Orange County.  Alicia has participated in a variety of workshops over the last 10 years including: Bartenieff Fundamentals/ Laban Movement Analysis;  release/contemporary technique from ODC in San Francisco and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance; and, contact improvisation at P.O.R.C.H. in Berlin.

Alicia is currently on faculty at Canyon Concert Ballet.  In 2014, Alicia accepted a Visiting Professorship at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO where she taught a variety of lecture and studio courses and choreographed extensively.  While there, she choreographed Snow Scene and all of Act II of the Grand Junction Symphony's production of The Nutcracker.  She has been adjunct faculty and choreographed for University of San Diego, Mira Costa College, Mt. San Antonio College, Fullerton College, and the Orange County School of the Arts and was the assistant to the directors at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Alicia is the founder of Destinations Dance, a non-profit outreach organization which specializes in cultural dance and history classes for children with special classes and workshops held over summers, and, along with her husband, Scott Laumann, has created Quilt - a vehicle for the artists duo to create intentional performance art installations, choreographed objects and multidisciplinary experiences which encourage collaboration, thoughtfulness, dialogue and participation.  Alicia also travels to both teach and choreograph for various schools across the country.

Alicia is a lover of dance history, a love that was fostered by her connection with historically great works and people.  She performed classics such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Raymonda and George Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco.  As a graduate student she was coaching assistant for William Forsythe’s New Sleep and George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie.  Alicia received extensive teaching and mentoring by dance history icons Donald McKayle, who was among the first black men to break the racial barrier by means of modern dance, the late Balanchine ballerina, Melissa Hayden, and Alonzo King, who’s choreography is in renowned companies around the world.  A particular highlight was dancing the lead role for Martha Graham’s seminal 1936 classic, Steps in the Street, for which she was coached by former Graham principal dancer, dance reconstructionist and historian, Bonnie Oda Homsey.

It is precisely because of this deep love of dance history and her incredibly eclectic education and training that Alicia enjoys working with children and adults, professionals and those who just enjoy dancing.  She wishes to impart not only sound technique, but a love of the history of dance and the joy found in its practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rehearsal for  Steps in the Street , Martha Graham's 1936 seminal work. (Photo by Frank Peters)

Rehearsal for Steps in the Street, Martha Graham's 1936 seminal work. (Photo by Frank Peters)