Dr. Laurie Grace Wood, PhD
My Dance Journey
My Dance Journey
Photo by Annabelle N Denmark
I started taking tap and jazz dance lessons with Betsye Kay Finch, a former Broadway Equity Actress & Dancer, in Lakeland, FL when I was 7 years old. I loved watching MGM movie musicals, Solid Gold, Soul Train, American Bandstand, the Lawrence Welk show, Bob Fosse touring shows, the Jackson Five, In Living Color's Fly Girls, MTV and VH1, and would often challenge myself to pick up the steps by the end of the show. As a teenager, I was part of the Anchorette Dance & Drill Team at my high school, where I won ribbons for High Kick Performance and placed 3rd in the Miss Florida Drill Team Competition.
Inspired by my mom's lost dream of becoming a tap dancer, I kept training, teaching, and dancing professionally into a successful dance and choreography career. After a profound detour into the healing arts for many years, I am anxious to rekindle my choreography dreams of having my own dance/theatre company and adult/ageless dance program.
I spent 18+ years as an Entertainment Choreographer, Professional Dancer, and Stage Manager in Central Florida, working for Disney/MGM Studios, SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens, Boardwalk & Baseball, Miss Florida Teen & USA Pageants, Community Theatres, Ballet Companies, Performing Arts High Schools, and Universities.
Shows I have choreographed include: Pippin, West Side Story, 42nd Street, The King & I, Anything Goes, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nunsense, Godspell, Cabaret, The Full Monty, and two Sesame Street Live Shows for SeaWorld.
Shows I have performed in include: Colorado Riders (Boardwalk & Baseball), More Than Magic (Cypress Gardens), Here Come the Muppets (Disney/MGM Studios), and the Dinosaur Parade (Disney/MGM Studios).
Shows & Parades I did Staging for at Walt Disney World include: Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin Parade, Muppets 3D Movie, Muppet Show, Toy Story Parade, and The Little Mermaid.
I completed a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida in Tampa. I received an Award for Excellence in choreography and other dance scholarships from the USF Dance Department.
I was introduced to Pilates for Dance, Massage Therapy, and Dance Kinesiology, as a university student and went on to train and certify as a Licensed Massage Therapist in FL and CO, and as a Pilates Post-Rehab Practitioner with Polestar Pilates. I ran my own private practice, rehabilitating dancers and seniors, for the last 18+ years.
I have taught Ageless Pilates Mat and Ageless Boogie Jazz Dance at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities for 9 years, combined. I have also taught tap and jazz dance classes at the Estes Park Senior Center and the Estes Valley Community Center. I adore my ageless ladies and love keeping them moving with joy!
I have performed locally with One Big Yes Productions in Boulder, directed by Nancy Cranbourne, as well as two cabaret shows with New Breed Dance Company in Boulder, directed by Linzee Klinkenberg. I have performed and stage managed for Art as Action's annual performance, and assisted in the launch of the Broomfield Community Players.
I am an artist and nature lover, and I hope to spend the second half of my life in creative and spiritual bliss, continuing to travel and supporting others in "freeing up" their creative spirits so we can all live a joy-filled life here on Earth!
Twin Flames Productions has produced three successful sold-out Dance & Music Shows in Broomfield, CO and Estes Park, CO!
2019 Performance with Art as Action, a dance company for dancers with and without Parkinson's, located in the Colorado Conservatory of Ballet in Broomfield, CO.
Dedication dance, That's Life, to my mentors Betsye Kay Finch, Paul Hughes, and Joel Strack.
Due to the pandemic, I now teach weekly Ageless Jazz, Tap, and Pilates classes via Zoom to students all over the country. Such a disaster turned into quite a blessing for many of us.