Laura Merkel graduated with a B.A. in dance performance from Hofstra University in 2014, summa cum laude. While there, she performed works by choreographers Doug Varone, Nathan Trice, Robin Becker, Maxine Steinman, Karla Wolfangle, Amy Marshall, Stormy Brandenberger, Kathy Young and Anita Feldman. In 2013, Laura appeared in Mark Dendy’s Ritual/Cyclical, a site specific work set in Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza. Internationally, she performed works by Alfonso Cayetano, Pietro Pireddu, and the late Niles Ford as part of the Florence Dance Festival and the Mugello Dance Experience in 2012. Most recently, Laura was a founding member of Hysterika Dance Company, under the direction of Barbara Angeline, and Vector Dance Company, under the direction of Martha Lavery. When she is not dancing, Laura is a yoga/Pilates instructor, wellness educator, and the director of content development for Yoffie Life, LLC (a lifestyle website). A newbie to the area, Laura recently relocated from Brooklyn, NY with her boyfriend, Chip and their two cat-children, Aster and Ellington.