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Laura Wade

Laura Wade is on faculty at Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center and Roosevelt University. She has taught at Northwestern University, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin, Stephens College and Columbus Dance Theatre. Laura has been the Children’s Director for the Ruth Page Nutcracker since 2011. Artistic Director of Akasha Dance Company, Rehearsal Associate for Visceral Dance Chicago, Assistant Director for Giordano Dance Chicago, Company Teacher for River North Dance Chicago and Guest Company Teacher for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Laura has toured the US, England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, and Russia. Laura began her training at the Toledo Ballet, where she danced in works by Fokine, Balanchine, Ashton, and Vogt. She then earned a BS in Dance from Indiana University. Moving to Chicago to train with Larry Long, Laura was a soloist in The Chicago Tribune Charities’ Nutcracker for 18 years and danced with Ballet Theatre of Chicago, Ballet Chicago, The Moose Project, Scott Putman, Robin Lakes/Rough Dance and Concert Dance Inc. For 14 years, Laura directed and danced for Akasha Dance Company.