Laura Thurston

Laura Thurston studied dance at Northern Dance Theatre of Northern Illinois University and at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago where she graduated with a BA in Dance Performance. She began performing professionally in 2004 and has performed with Chicago Dance Crash, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and Piel Morena Contemporary Dance to name a few. She’s performed throughout the Midwest, NYC, and Mexico.
Laura also began her work in arts administration in 2009 when she co-founded Piel Morena Contemporary Dance and become the CFO, Executive Director, and Outreach Coordinator between the years of 2009-2013. During this time, she learned about the “behind the scenes” efforts of running a Not-For-Profit in the Chicago Dance Community and has experience in public relations, grant writing, data management, accounting & fundraising.  

While Laura wasn’t rehearsing, performing, or working “behind the scenes,” She was teaching dance and has taught children and teens for over 18 years. She currently teaches at Virtuoso Performing Arts in Morton Grove, IL where she is also the Director of Virtuoso Performing Arts Dance Company. She thoroughly enjoys working with students, and loves sharing in their experiences of growth and success in dance.
Laura is thrilled to work as a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Still Inspired(?). Producing the show’s fifth installment in the beautiful City of Chicago where she can share artistic visions with other dance and visual creators AND provide opportunities to artists and dancers alike is a dream come true!