Laura West Strawser

Adjunct Faculty
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall Room 223

l.west.strawser@tcu.edu | 817-257-7615

Education

BA, Performing Arts in Dance Performance, Oklahoma City University, Cum Laude

Courses Taught

DANC 10211 Bodywork I
DANC 10221 Bodywork II
DANC 20211 Bodywork III
DANC 20221 Bodywork IV
DANC 40120 Directed Studies in Ballet/ Musical Theatre Dance

Areas of Focus

Pilates and Bodywork, Musical Theatre Dance

A native of Fort Worth, TX, Laura graduated college Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and moved to New York to pursue a successful career in musical theatre. While living in NYC, Laura completed the re:AB® Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program in 2007 under the instruction of Brooke Siler, bestselling author of The Pilates Body, The Pilates Body Kit, and The Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge.  Laura moved back to Fort Worth, and opened her first studio in 2009, which is now Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC.

Laura has performed and choreographed for a number regional theatres like Casa Manana, West Virginia Public Theatre, and Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and National Tours including Crazy for You, Funny Girl, Copacabana, and Hello, Dolly! In 2013 she was nominated for a Column Award for Best Choreography for Theatre Arlington’s production of Altar Boyz. She has staged many more including Will Rogers Follies, The Producers, The Wedding Singer, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mame, Footloose, Once On This Island, Annie, Nunsense, and Rent. She has also been seen in Singin’ in the Rain at Trump Plaza, and the world-renowned Radio City Christmas Spectacular!

Laura began teaching Bodywork at the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University in 2013. She is a Pilates Method Alliance CPT (Certified Pilates Teacher) and member of PMA and served on the Board of Directors of the Authentic Pilates Union. In 2015, she hosted The 2015 Fall Classical Pilates Conference – Ft. Worth, TX and in studio workshops with Mari Winsor and The Classical Syllabus® Advanced Teacher Training seminars with MeJo Wiggin. She is now the Producer of THE TEXAS CLASSICAL PILATES CONFERENCETM series which premiered in 2017 and upcoming in 2020. She continues to study and train in workshops and classes traveling to locations like New York, Dallas, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, and LA. Learning from industry leaders like Brooke Siler, Mari Winsor, Cary Regan, MeJo Wiggin, Chris Robinson, Kathi Ross-Nash, and Alisa Wyatt is a privilege, and she is honored to pass down the incredible work and knowledge of Joseph Pilates.

For more information, or to contact Laura, go to www.fortworthclassicalpilates.com.

Column Award Nomination — Best Choreographer for “Altar Boyz”

GRATZ Pilates — Featured Studio

Pilates Method Alliance – CPT (Certified Pilates Teacher)

re:AB Pilates — Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program

The Classical Syllabus — Advanced Teacher Training Program

Pilates Method Alliance – Member since 2016
Authentic Pilates Union – Board of Directors 2017 – 2018
Pilatesology – Member since 2015
Texas Classical Pilates Conference ™ – Event Producer 2017
The Fall Classical Pilates Conference – Ft. Worth, TX – Event Producer 2015
GRATZ Pilates – Featured Studio in 2015
ClassicalPilates.net – Registered Instructor since 2007