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Laura de la Garza Noble

Teacher | Advocate | Mover

Biography

Laura de la Garza Noble is the Dance Educator for Bogota High School and Bogota Middle School. Additionally, Laura is the Dance Team coach for Bogota Middle School and the artistic director for the Bogota Middle School dance company. Laura is a graduate from the EdM in Dance Education program at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education with her teaching certificate in Dance Education. Throughout her degree completion, Laura had a variety of experiences in dance education through a partnership with Dance New Jersey where she developed resources to teach Social Justice in Dance through creating units, lesson plans, teaching videos, worksheets, projects, and more. These resources were designed for Dance New Jersey members to use in their virtual Dance classrooms. Additionally, she accrued teaching experience through her full-time teaching internship at Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy in Elizabeth, NJ, and her part-time teaching internship at Elizabeth Avenue Elementary School in Franklin, NJ. During the summer of 2020, Laura was a teaching artist for the Dance Department at the Dalton School in NYC; she is also a teaching artist for New Jersey-based OCA Dance Company. In addition to her dance education tenure, Laura has created various dance education materials and participated in a wide number of education panels through different partnerships with organizations such as Dance New Jersey the NYC Department of Education.

 

Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts in May 2020 with eight semesters on the Dean’s List. During her time at Mason Gross, Laura was the recipient of the Patricia Meyer Scholarship for her artistic and academic accomplishments. While completing her BFA degree, Laura participated in the student-led University Dance Works touring company as a performer and teaching artist for high schoolers. Alongside pursuing her BFA degree, Laura worked as an Events and Advocacy Intern for Dance New Jersey where she was a member of the taskforce responsible for creating the Back-to-School COVID safety Guidelines ‘September Ready’ for Dance Programs.

 

During her BFA studies, Laura had the pleasure of working with artists such as Chien-Ying Wang, Paul Ocampo, Randy James, Ani Javian, Jesse Young, Robert Burke, Marielis Garcia, Kiri Avelar, Keith Thompson, Heather Favretto, and John Evans; under whom she trained in Repertory, Graham, Limon, Release Technique, Afro Fusion, Flamenco, Bachata, Cumbia, Samba, Capoeira, Kathak, in addition to a variety of other dance styles. Additionally, Laura was a performer for the Rutgers Opera's production of Del Monde, and performed the choreography of Lar Lubovitch during a Rutgers in New York performance at the Joyce Theater.

 

In addition to her studies in the United States, Laura has studied Dance in London, Cuba, and Mexico. Laura was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. Before moving to the United States, Laura was a performer for artist Emilio Catalan, and radio station EXA in her hometown of Mexico City. Laura began her career as a Dance Educator while in Mexico, teaching 4 to 6-year-olds at a leading competition studio named Flash Dance. Through her 14-year training at Flash Dance, Laura trained in Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Broadway Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Latin Jazz, Jazz Funk, Heels, Popping, Locking, House, Hip Hop Dance, Whacking, Voguing, and POM. In addition to her studies in Dance and Dance Education, Laura is a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor through OM Factory NY, and a certified Barre Fitness Instructor with Barre Variations. Currently, Laura is a fitness instructor for Clarity Fitness, Jane Do, and Mess Method.

Laura performing a dance move

Picture Credit: Arantza T. Photo