Born and raised in small town, Maquoketa, Iowa, Laura Osterhaus began dancing at a young age. She is the youngest of four children with a family that is very important to her and has heavily contributed to who she is as an artist and person. Laura quickly realized that dance was something she wanted to pursue in a serious way, expanding her dancing horizons to the greater Iowa region, landing at Studio A Dance Company in Davenport, Iowa. Directed by Angela Mappin, Laura began training and performing competitively in styles of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary, and hip hop. Upon graduating high school, she enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, majoring in dance with a double minor in fashion studies and retail merchandising.
Throughout her four years living and studying in Minneapolis, she fell in love with the city and even deeper in love with dance than she could've imagined. She has learned much more than the physical aspects of dance. Her time has also been spent investigating the intellectual complexities and values of dance, and other art forms, represented in our world. She is interested in the continual research there is to be done as to our responsibilities as humans to make good with the space that have on this earth--to share it, tend to it, and be creative thinkers and movers within it.
Laura is also drawn to organization and planning in the fashion sector of retail merchandising. Studying fashion studies and retail merchandising as her double minors at the U of M, she has a growing passion for the visual and choreographic elements of fashion consumption--store layout, visual presentation, branding, and personal styling.
Laura began dancing with Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis in the fall of 2016 and will be back with the company this fall for the 35th season as a junior company member. She also works as the Sales Lead for Hazel & Rose, a fashion boutique in Northeast Minneapolis committed to sustainable and ethical fashion, a senior stylist for Stitch Fix, a personal styling company, and a teacher/choreographer for various dance studies throughout the Twin Cities including Zenon Dance School. Laura continues to pursue her own creative movement in collaborative dance group, Kelvin Wailey, with friends/dance life-partners Leila Awadallah and Emma Marlar.
Photo by Chris McDuffie Photography