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Founder – Laura Hazelwood

has over 30 years of dance experience. She has trained in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics, and competitive gymnastics. She began her training at Joy Johnson’s Studio in Owensboro, Kentucky where she took classes in tap, ballet, and acrobatics. She then moved to Vicki’s School of Dance to take classes in ballet, baton, and acrobatics. For the next several years she was a member of a competitive gymnastics team, where she won the state balance beam title. She began training on pointe at age 11 and became a member of the company at age 13. She then returned to Johnson’s studio to continue training in ballet, pointe, and jazz. She was a member of her high school and college dance teams. In college, she continued her dance education, taking classes in gymnastics, modern dance, and performing with the EKU Dance Theater. After college she began taking classes in tap and jazz at the Lexington Tap and Jazz Company where she also taught hip-hop classes. She also trained at the Dancer’s Studio in ballet and pointe. She is a certified member of Dance Educators of America. She has also received certification in two of the three levels through the Dance Educators of America in classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and acrobatics, where she received one of the highest scores in her class. She has coached several award winning dance teams and has experience choreographing in many styles of dance.

Laura started the school in the summer of 2000 teaching tap, ballet, and jazz for ages 3 and up. The school now enrolls over 300 students, has a staff of 10, and offers classes in hip-hop, lyrical, and company classes in addition to tap, ballet, pointe, and jazz.

Parker Hall

at the age of thirteen, graduated from the New York Shakespeare Tap Institute where he studied under Ted Levy.  He also had the opportunity to study with the late Dr. Buster Brown.  Parker has performed all over the world with Artists and Shows such as Savion Glover, Riverdance, The Broadway Cast of Wicked, Grammy Winner Bela Fleck, Grammy-Nominated Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, Amber Rubarth, Olympic Skaters and more.  In addition to tap dancing Parker is also an actor and singer and been in National Commercials, Print Ads and Short Films.  He has been teaching at the school since 2012.

Havanna Hagans

From Sassafras, KY, she has 17 years of dance experience and has been working at Laura’s since 2006.  Ms. Havanna is the 2014 Model and Talent Expo Female Actor of the Year and was an extra in the movies, “With This Ring” and “Miles Ahead.”  She is in the music video “Stupid Wit it” by Cassidy and DeCypha, and reached the Top 10 at the Miss Kentucky pageant.  She is experienced in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, African, ballroom, pageant style, and Middle Eastern dance.  She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center, and is represented by the Model and Talent Management Agency in Cincinnati.

Jenni Baubkus

was born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her training from Faubourg School of Ballet under Artistic Director, Watmora Casey and Ballet Mistress, Tatyana Mazur.  With Faubourg Ballet Theatre, she performed soloist roles in Paquita, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Le Corsaire, as well as contemporary works by Choreographers, Camille Turner and Victor Ramirez.  Ms. Baubkus continued her studies at Butler University, majoring in Dance Arts Administration.During her time at Butler University, she was awarded the Eileen Poston Dance Scholarship. Ms. Baubkus received her Bachelor of Science from Butler University in 2014. With Butler Ballet, she performed various classical full-length ballets and contemporary works, including the world premier of En Camino, a piece by internationally renowed choreographer, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.  Ms. Baubkus went on to dance professionally with Kentucky Ballet Theatre. She has performed roles in Paquita, La Sylphide, The Night Before Christmas, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Raymonda, La Vivandiere, Calles de Tango, Beethoven, and The Nutcracker.  Ms. Baubkus is currently a dancer with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre.

Abby McIntier

found her passion for teaching over 10 years ago while studying ballet at Brigham Young University, during which time she was also a member of the nationally acclaimed BYU Cougarettes. After getting married and having her first of four children, she had the opportunity to perform with Odyssey Dance Theatre. Since then she has been doing freelance choreography and performing around the country. She has now landed in Richmond, Kentucky where she and her husband Jeff are co-owners of LaFontaine Preparatory School. Abby’s choreography has received praise and attention at various competitions both regionally and nationally, including outstanding musical interpretation at Tremain Dance in 2006, though her most favorite part of her job is watching her students grow, be it through artistic style or technical mastery, she claims there ain’t nothin’ better. She has had the opportunity to train under many “greats” in her dance career. One of her favorite memories was her very first Mia Michaels class at age 13—an experience she will neverforget! Solo awards and scholarships include: Miss CVJH, pageant winner, 1997; Convention Scholarship winner, LA Dance Magic Regional Convention, 2000; top ten finalist NDA High School Dance Nationals, 2000, 2001; Dance Sterling Scholar Scholarship regional finalist, 2001.

Ashley Davis

has been dancing with Laura for over 14 years.  She has trained in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and acrobatics.  She has won numerous competitions and choreography awards.  This year she auditioned for the television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and made it through several rounds of auditions.  She is currently a member of the contemporary company in Lexington, Movement Continuum.  She has been teaching at the studio since 2001.

Allison Sernulka

has over 16 years of dance experience. She has had training in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, lyrical, hip hop, pointe. She has also been a part of a nationally competitive dance team and has performed with the EKU dance theater. Allison was also selected to be a dance teacher at the Music, Art, and Drama camp for KY in the summer of 2007. She has been training with Laura since the summer of 2001. Allison joined our team in 2003 as a pre-dance and level one instructor at the school. Since then her role has expanded significantly. She now teaches each of our different dance types at all levels.

Morgan Swope

Morgan has been training for over 10 years at Laura’s. She is versatile in all styles with tap being her specialty.

Hannah Burchell

Hannah has been training for over 10 years at Laura’s. She is versatile in all styles with her specialty being lyrical / contemporary.

Paige Swope

Paige has trained as a gymnast and dancer her whole life. She has been a competitive gymnast and dancer as well as a coach and choreographer for local school teams.

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