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, then trained at Indiana University under the direction of Michael Vernon.  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. She is starting her third season with Texas Ballet Theater.

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?
Western Symphony

What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
Serenade

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?
Blank Space by Taylor Swift

What sound do you love?
Rain

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching Dance Moms

What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
Going on walks in pretty places

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