Laurel is very excited to be teaching at Mclaughlin and wants to create a safe and fun environment for everyone. Laurel studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, African, and Contemporary. They danced at a studio for thirteen years and competed on a competition team for three years. Their favorite dance experiences were captaining the dance team for two years in a row and choreographing dances for their high school dance class. They hope to teach all kinds of styles and make dance as creative and fun as possible for all ages. Laurel believes learning confidence and leadership skills are the most important things you can learn in a dance studio.
Sydney Rose began studying musical theatre at age 8, and operatic music at age 10. She has participated in opera concerts with a live orchestra including performing The Flower Duet, one of the most difficult Aria’s to perform on a technical vocal level, at the age of 13. At 14, Sydney studied under the tutelage of Allison Amidon, a USC Professor of music. Her credits include: Maria in “West Side Story,” Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Marian in “The Music Man,” Maria in “The Sound of Music," Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” and Christine in “Phantom of the Opera,” among others.
Sydney Rose began studying Classical Ballet at age 7 under Kristen Potts. At 10, she was recruited to Joffrey Ballet, and began attending ABT summer intensives by age 11 where she studied under Leslie Brown, Charles Maple, Yan Chen, and many more. She joined OCRB's Ballet Company at age 13 and became a Soloist for Montage Dance Theatre by 15. Her credits as a Ballet Dancer include: Clara, Arabian, and The Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", Kitri in "Don Quixote", Esmerelda in "La Esmerelda", Giselle in "Giselle", and Bluebird, and Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty", among others.
Upon receiving her degree overseas and returning to the States, Sydney became the Artistic Director of the CAAST (Camelot Academy of Arts, Science, and Technology) School of Dance & Theatre, where she transformed their program and created a successful triple threat program for performers to receive extensive training for their vocal, dancing, and acting careers.
Her passion for the performing arts and love for students truly began to blossom in 2010 when Sydney began choreographing ballets, recitals, directing full length productions, and giving private vocal instructions. She thrives off of igniting the artistic spark within children to help them build confidence and find their voices. Through the performing arts as a vessel, she teaches them discipline and hard work that they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. Sydney firmly believes that the performing arts can empower young people and equip them with the life skills they need to be successful.