Laura Merkel graduated with a B.A. in dance performance from Hofstra University, summa cum laude. After graduation, Laura lived in NYC for a couple of years, dancing in modern and jazz dance companies and training in yoga and Pilates. In 2016, she relocated to Austin, TX, and joined Dance Waterloo. In this company, she has the pleasure of working as a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and bodyworker. Outside of her work with Dance Waterloo, Laura teaches young dancers at Dance Xplosion and she started her own online fitness business, Laura Merkel Fitness. In 2019, she collaborated with fellow Dance Waterloo member, Rachael Hulse, to create a 2 hour-long dance installation, “Save/Reload,” as part of Revolve Austin. Laura is grateful to have found a home among Austin’s dance community!