Research Interests: Dance and Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Visual Culture, Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Feminist Theory, and Equity-Based Revisionist Dance History

Laura’s current research investigates the experiential body as a liberatory landscape for anticolonial and anticapitalist self-determination and love. She is interested in individually and anatomically informed movement patterning for both function and grace, and the capacity therein for liveness.

In April of 2018 Laura graduated with her MA in Contemporary Arts Studies at SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts. Laura’s MA object of study was an analysis and critique of white supremacy in contemporary dance, which she researched and wrote under the guidance of her brilliant supervisors, Dr. Henry Daniels, Dr. Denise Oleksijczuk, and Dr. Laura U. Marks.

Laura completed her BA at SFU in 2010, with a major in Humanities and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development. In her undergraduate work, Laura focussed her research on perspectives of the role of the artist in society, and historical relationships between art movements and social movements.

Public Presentation Highlights:

Curator & Moderator: New Museology. July 2018

Presenter: “The Coloniality of Power in Contemporary Dance.” Through the Tulgey Wood. December 2017.

Moderator: The Ethics of Fusion and Collective Cultural Memory in the Age of the InternetNovember 2017.

Emcee: LandMarks Artist Reception. Indian Summer Festival. July 2017.

TA: FPA 227. History of Dance from the 20th Century to the Present. January-April 2017.

Guest Speaker: “Art, Politics, and the Social.” FPA 389 Dialogues in Social Justice and Community Engagement with Am Johal. March 2017.

Guest Speaker: “Women Composers.” FPA 140 Music Since 1900 with Arne Eigenfeldt. December 2016.

Host: Lets Heal the Divide: Public Art Talk. Indian Summer Festival. July 2016.

Keynote Presenter: “BodyLove: Dance and Body Image.” Luciterra Dance Society. April 2016.

Docent: Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures: A Festival of Immersive Arts. September/October 2015.