Susan Edwards Dresser
Acro – Circuit Training – Tap – Jazz – Lyrical
The Ballet School at KDS ~ Ballet – Modern
Laura Natario was born in the Pioneer Valley and discovered her love of ballet at the late age of 16 after leaving her gymnastics career. She began her formal training at The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet under the direction of Rose and Charles Flachs. She furthered her studies by attending Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public High School under Jodi Falk, Jen Polins, Ariel Cohen, Noble Barker and Kenneth Lipitz.
Laura then went on to spend a year at the Hartt School of Dance, studying ballet pedagogy before transferring to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on a Chancellors Talent Scholarship.
Upon graduating with her BFA in dance, she spent the 2013 season as a trainee with the Nashville Ballet. She spent the following summer on scholarship as a contract candidate at the Dance Theatre of Tennessee. After deciding to forgo continuing her career in Tennessee, she relocated to the New York City area to work as a freelance artist and accept a position in the work-study program at Steps on Broadway.
Laura has taught at many respected dance facilities such as Creative Dance, Academy of Dance Arts, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, UMass Amherst Dance Department, Studio B Dance Center and Karen’s Dance Studio in addition to her work as the competitive team dance coach and recreational gymnastics coach at the Nashville Gymnastics Training Center.
The School of Ballet at KDS proudly welcomes Laura to the exceptional KDS staff.
Karen Fritz O’Hare
Tap – Jazz – Lyrical – Children’s Work