bio LAURENCE MILLER
LAURENCE'S DANCE BIO
I hold a degree from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in Latin American and Modern Ballroom. I teach classes in social and competitive Ballroom and Latin American dancing in both American style and International style in South Portland and the Portland Metro Area.
I also teach other styles of dance such as Argentine Tango, Swing, Salsa, turn of the century social dance and the history of social dance in America. Adding to the list of classes offered are Musical Chairs TM and Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin American Dancing. (see below)
I earned, with my professional dancesport partner, Gail Rundlett, the title of New England Latin American Dance Champion, North American Rising Star Standard, along with other USA and North American titles.
My professional performance history came to life in 1982 as guest performer with the cast of 'Four Kicks' at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Washington DC, two years running. I also performed in 'Le Bourgeois Gentilehomme' at Boston Symphony Hall with the Handel-Haydn Society, directed by Christopher Hogwood, and 'A Chorus Line' with the Seacoast Repertory Theater Co., directed by James Beaumont, just to list a few.
My choreographic credits include 'Modern Love' and 'Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt' for Studebaker Movement Theater Company, 'Into the Woods' for Portland Players, the Art Directors' Club of Portland Broderson Awards opening number at Merrill Auditorium and many more.
I inspired and was instrumental in creating ballroom dance programs for social dancing and competitive dancing at Bates, Bowdoin, Colby and Middlebury Colleges.
Currently, I teach my new program called 'Musical Chairs TM* at the Barron Center Nursing Home Hospital and St. Joseph's Manor Rehabilitation Residence, both in Portland, Maine. My class is designed for wheelchair-restricted residents and others with mobility concerns, encouraging the resident to 'dance' in the safety of their chairs. This program gives everyone a chance to exercise, breathe, move what they can - and be a dancer. If you are interested in having this program in your facility or have a friend or family member in a residential community who would enjoy and benefit from dancing - body, mind and spirit - contact me using the contact form on the web page.
LAURENCE'S LECTURE AND DISCOURSE
I lecture and teach dance workshops throughout the New England area in schools and colleges, introducing the youth of America to the artistry and athletics of dance in a healthy environment.
Laurence is the
program designer for:
'Musical Chairs' TM*
'DancE=MC2 - Einstein's Dance' TM*
and Dance - The Power
of Dance' TM*.
'Mantra Dance' TM*
LAURENCE'S INTERFAITH BIO
I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister through The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. What is important to me, as an Interfaith Minister, is to foster those desiring to learn about their own Spiritual Nature. This can be done by encourging and assisting each person to learn about themselves and their Divine Nature in the vocabulary of their own langauge. Belonging and having a sense of belonging is an important part of this growth. Often, we cannot find the right group or the right langauge that makes us feel comfortable, this leads us to 'not belonging' and can be detrimental to our personal growth. Hence, learning and conversing in one's own language can be all that is needed to carry on. Experienced in meditation and energy work, ceremony and ritual, I can be found to be very user friendly for your spiritual wants and desires.
LAURENCE'S LECTURE AND DISCOURSE
I am available for lecture and discourse anywhere in the country for meditation workshops, Reiki classes, Interfaith council and conversation for personal growth, ceremony and ritual. Contact me for a consultation, a speaking engagement or program information.