Laura Gruener

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Laura Gruener, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received her training from Philadelphia Dance Theatre under the direction of Joy Capponi. She has also attended various summer programs including those at Texas Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet on scholarship.  Ms. Gruener was awarded the Jonathan Phelps memorial scholarship for excellence in contemporary dance at Regional Dance America, was a Youth America Grand Prix finalist from 2005-2012, and was featured as a cast member on the Ovation original series A Chance to Dance.  Now in her fifth season with Texas Ballet Theater, Laura has most enjoyed performing in the world premiere of Garrett Smith’s Imbue, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV, and Ben Stevenson’s Dracula.

Where are you from? Philadelphia, PA

When did you begin dancing? When I was 2

Why did you begin dancing? My mom put me in dance classes

When did you join Texas Ballet Theater? 2013

What is your favorite ballet to see? Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed? Christopher Bruce’s Rooster and Ben Stevenson’s Dracula

What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer? How important it is to properly take care of your body

What is your favorite movie/TV show? The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

What’s your favorite song? Grigio Girls by Lady Gaga

What sound do you love? Rain

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice Cream

What outdoor activities do you enjoy? Paddle Boarding

What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer? Confidence