LauraDDances works in transposing movement to try and fit any body so there shouldn't be restrictions and boundaries when it comes to expressing oneself through the medium of dance.
Based in east London, she grew up with Hip Hop and is the style that feels most natural for her to do. But is constantly learning and exploring to do this within her own body, having in the past been restricted by movement and aesthetic - in an exclusive commercial Hip Hop world.
Foundation is key: - where movement comes from, the essence of a certain movements and stripping it down to it's core principle in order to portray authentically the understanding of the genre, style, music or individual movements to be possible to teach others.
There are many styles that she been able to dance in but wants to further explore;
African, Breakin', Krump, Dancehall, Street Dance, Locking and Tutting.
In her work she is keen to create cross-collaborative art, and the question that she is interested in at the moment is:
How do I use everyday access communication and translate it through dance?
Joining Kaos Choir and working with Chisato Minamura on Stuck in the Mud, she has developed a keen interest in how sign language can be used in dance.
Exploring the use of different dance genres to help her answer this question is an ongoing endeavour of hers and she believes there isn't just one answer, but many and how your combine those answers will determine how interesting it will be.
This is also a part of the cross collaborative nature of the work she wishes to create in the long term, and hope to be able to work with artists who are open minded about their art to find ways of answering questions like this. She finds this both exciting and challenging and hopefully ground breaking.
I strongly believe that anyone can dance, regardless of age, gender, race or disability.
I firmly believe that there's no such thing as a dancer's body and that any-body can dance. It's just a case of how. Stripping away the aesthetic and the way something should look - should be the primary focus in how we as artists pass on our knowledge and spread the word about dance.
Debates these days around inclusivity and integration within disability arts all centre on how to teach technique that it made on the model of a dancers body and who is in the company, disabled and non-disabled.
The dream is for labels like "inclusivity" and "integration" can be a thing of the past and dance is an embodiment of the word, not needing to pigeon hole certain companies under certain umbrellas.
Hopefully there will be a time when this is possible, when dance is just dance regardless of who is performing - appreciated and respected for it's integrity and worth.
For examples of the work she has done regarding Disability and Multiple Sclerosis in particular, please visit MS and Dance
For her work so far as a Solo artist please visit the link to my Previous Work click here.
For her work dancing for other companies including Casson & Friends, Stopgap and Candoco Click here.
For her work as an Emerging Choreographer with State of Emergency and GDance click here