Laura de la Garza Noble
Dancer | Choreographer | Educator | Fitness Instructor
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. Laura de la Garza Noble has studied dance since the tender age of 2 years old. Laura is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and fitness instructor. At present time, Laura de la Garza Noble is the Dance Educator for Bogota High School and Bogota Middle School as well as the coach for the Dance Team and the artistic director for the dance company in said public school district. Additionally, Laura is an educator for Ballet Hispanico and a number of NJ dance studios; as well as a teaching artist and performer for NJ based dance company, OCA Dance, a freelance performer, and a freelance choreographer.
In the past two years, Ms. de la Garza has collaborated with Dance New Jersey, Arts Ed NJ, the Dalton School in NYC and the NYC Department of Education in specific dance education projects. In relation to her performance background, Laura has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Chien-Ying Wang, Paul Ocampo, Randy James, Camille Moten, Deja Darbone, Willy Laury, Kennyth Montes de Oca, Kiri Avelar, on both in person and video performances to be displayed in NJ, NYC, Miami, and Beijing.
Laura de la Garza has additionally studied under extraordinary artists such as Ani Javian, Jesse Young, Robert Burke, Marielis Garcia, 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. Before moving to the United States, Laura was a performer for artist Emilio Catalan, MB Producciones, MoveOn Dance Agency, choreographer Maribel Ochoa, and radio station EXA in her hometown of Mexico City.
Ms. de la Garza Noble is a member of renowned international, national, and state-wide institutions in the Dance Industry. Laura was invited to become a member of the UNESCO branch for Dance, the International Dance Council or CID for short. She is also a member of the National Honors Society of Dance Arts, the National Dance Education Organization, Dance New Jersey, and the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance.
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. 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.
Besides her studies in the United States, Laura has studied Dance in London, Cuba, and Mexico. 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 freelance fitness instructor as well as an instructor at Clarity Fitness in Weehawken NJ, and Mess Method in Hoboken NJ.
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