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Laurel Nelson Weingand
Laurel Weingand grew up outside of LA in the high desert. She started her journey of movement with gymnastics and musical theater, eventually finding her way into dance. Laurel studied in multiple disciplines and performed in many dance and theater productions during her youth. She also choreographed for her high school’s spring musicals and attended numerous master classes, workshops, and intensives (State Street Ballet, CalArts, and The Rockettes). From a young age, Laurel knew she wanted to instruct and assisted in dance for 4 years before leaving to attend college. She then mixed her love of dance and interest in science and pursued her bachelors in dance medicine. Attending multiple universities, including UC Irvine, she graduated and was awarded with “Summa Cum Laude” and “Distinction in the Major” from CSUMB, with a B.S. in Kinesiology, focusing on dance wellness and injury prevention. While attending CSUMB, she also performed with the SpectorDance Company. Since then, she has attained a yoga teacher training certification and became a Certified Massage Therapist. She has been enthusiastically teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary ballet, pointe, acrobatics/tumbling, and yoga throughout the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz area since 2010.
Laurel loves to learn and continually expands her knowledge and education in aspects related to her teaching. She also has a massage and wellness consultation practice near the Barnyard–where she often works with local dancers, teachers, and their families.
Beyond the dance world, Laurel also continues to study traditional healing therapies including Chinese medicine and planetary herbalism. Although, most of her time these days is spent with her loving husband and running after and snuggling her tenacious toddler. Laurel loves to cook, spend time in our abundant and beautiful outdoors, and still tries to find time to indulge in taking dance classes herself. She is grateful that her passions are her work and that she can share her enthusiasm and knowledge with the next generation.