I find that the beauty of experiencing life to its fullest is by opening myself to all possibilities, allowing myself not to be confined by expectation. Seeing how far one can expand their work without boundaries is a reflection of the human spirit and its undeniable need to create, experience and overcome.
Laura Chiaramonte (Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher and Videographer) has been performing and producing work professionally for the past twenty years and has worked with celebrated companies and artists such as: Lynn Dally, Esteban Donoso, Pat Graney, Jyl Fehrenkamp, Andrew Harwood, Carleen Healy, Gina Jacobs, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Kate Monson, Jennifer Monson, Casey Pennel, Cynthia Pratt, Kirstie Simson, DanszLoop Chicago, Thread Meddle Outfit, Total Theater, John Toenjes, Deke Weaver, Zephyr Dance, and Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak. Laura has performed, taught workshops in dance and presented work throughout the United States and abroad. Laura collaborated with celebrated baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife, pianist Julie Gunn, on an original music recital at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2010, Laura was hired by Warner Bros as head choreographer for the rock band Foxy Shazam’s Unstoppable music video.
With her love of traveling, Laura had the great opportunity to perform and teach contact improvisation with world-renown contact teacher and performer Kirstie Simson in Taiwan, Cambodia, and Italy. She also traveled to Bali to perform the traditional Balinese dance form at the International Indonesian Arts Festival in Denpasar with teacher Putu Otawa and premiered “WHITE SNOW”, a contemporary dance piece in collaboration with celebrated Indonesian musician I Ketut Gede Asnawa. Laura was also an artist in residence at the Frente de Danza Independiente at Sala de Artes Escénicas Marina de Jesus in Quito, Ecuador.
Living in Chicago, Laura had the opportunity to show her work in The Open Space Project, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, and Going Dutch Festival. Laura co-founded and directed the non-profit performing arts company, Creative Arts Melting Pot (CAMP). The company produced four major productions, created over ten new works, was featured in the PBS Special “The Chicago Dance Project”, and performed for Hans Breder, Collaboraction, Cirque Du Soleil, Dance Chicago, and Full Circle Festival.
During Laura’s teaching career, she developed a movement studies class, emphasizing movement improvisation and composition through the inspiration of inter-media at the Chicago Art Department and taught workshops in dance and somatics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dance Center at Columbia College, University of Wisconsin, was an Artist in Residence at Illinois Wesleyan and was a Visiting Instructor at the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign teaching, Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance to dance majors and nonmajors. She also conducted creative movement workshops with Project Danztheatre Company Kids Program at St. Peter’s School, Urban Gateways, and the LEAP Program.
In 1998, Laura received her B.F.A from The Ohio State University in modern dance performance with an emphasis in choreography, Laban Notation and Directing from Score and 2009 received her M.F.A in Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. Laura is the 2009 Pat Knowles Graduate Travel Award recipient, designated for outstanding MFA candidate. In the summer of 2008, she received a fellowship for the Choreographers Project at the Summer Stages Dance intensive in Concord, Massachusetts. Laura continued her training in the areas of Somatic Research and is now a certified AmSAT Alexander Technique Teacher. Laura completed her training with Joan and Alex Murray in Urbana, IL in June of 2013.
Laura is currently teaching private Alexander Lessons at the Mettler Center in Champaign, IL and is Dance Faculty in the Theater and Dance program at Millikin University and is the Media Coordinator, Dance Archivist and Instructor for the Dance Department at the Univerity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.