MASTER CLASS with Laura Peterson

Laura Peterson Choreography

It is most certainly a month to celebrate here at Dance Exchange! Not only are we in the midst of the holiday season, but we have so many opportunities to move and make together in our studios. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to offer yet another master class this month! This time we’ll be moving with the immensely talented Laura Peterson, Artistic Director of Laura Peterson Choreography based in NYC. This master class kicks off an exciting collaboration between Dance Exchange and the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millennium Stage, where Laura will be showing her work Forever on Friday, November 15 at 6 pm. Throughout the season, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millennium Stage and Dance Exchange will work together to bring some exciting master class opportunities with artists from around the country into our community. Laura’s class will be on Thursday, November 14 from 6 to 7:30, $15 (class cards cannot be accepted). 18+

Space is limited for this amazing opportunity. To pay for and RSVP your spot, email me at For more information about Laura Peterson, visit her at For more information about what artists will be coming to the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center Millennium Stage, visit


Laura Peterson is a NYC-based dance artist and Artistic Director of Laura Peterson Choreography a four person dance company creating highly physical evening length dances with a deep sense of design. As both a choreographer and an installation artists Laura Peterson creates visually stunning performance environments for each piece.

The company has had residencies and commissions at the HERE Arts Center in NYC, , Queens Museum of Art, Dance New Amsterdam, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and received two commissions at Dixon Place. Laura’s choreography has been produced throughout NYC, internationally in Europe and South America and in the US at venues including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, and many others. Laura was the recipient of Temple University’s Reflection/Response Commission where she created and premiered Failure with her dance company. In 2012, Laura created dances for visual artist Nick Cave’s Soundsuits in conjunction with Boise Art Museum and Balance Dance Company.

Laura has been commissioned by Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, DROP Dance and has made dances for Princeton University, Hunter College, NYU’s Tisch Dance Dept and Lehman College. She holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Dance Department and a BFA from University of the Arts. Laura is a guest artist at Rutgers University teaching technique and improvisation and has taught in NYC at Mark Morris Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam and others. For more information, visit

Class Description: Continuous Dancing
This class is very physical and blends full-bodied and dynamic movement with elements of improvisation to create a sense of continuity, athleticism and detailed dancing. We begin with traveling across the room following simple instructions and then continue into a very specific warm up designed develop balance, three-dimensional awareness of the body in space, clarity of pathways and initiation. This class culminates in a phrase taken from the company’s dynamic repertory.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Associate Artistic Director) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.