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Laura Schandelmeier


Laura Schandelmeier is a Dance Artist who works as a choreographer, performer, and Teaching Artist. She was the Artistic Director of Schandelmeier & Company in New York City from 1988-1994 and a solo performer in the DC area from 1995-2004 when she began collaborating with Stephen Clapp. Her work has been commissioned and produced by Dance Theater Workshop and Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC. In DC, her work has been produced by The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, The IN Series, and by Washington Performing Arts Society in Martha @ Dance Place, curated by Richard Move. Regionally, festivals such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Dancenow/NYC and, Yes, Virginia Dance have presented her work. She has received several awards for her choreography including grants from the Harkness Foundations for Dance, support for international projects from the Suitcase Fund, and Individual Artist Awards from Maryland State Arts Council and Prince George's Arts Council. She was one of ten American choreographers selected to participate in American Dance Festival's 1989 Franco-American Bilateral Exchange Program and was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in 2000 for the opening event of the Dancing in the Millennium conference. The Kennedy Center has presented two full evenings of her solo performance work.


In 1994, Schandelmeier founded The Field/DC (a satellite project of The Field in NYC that provides performance and workshop opportunities to artists.) She has participated in and/or coordinated Field programs since The Field's inception in NYC in 1986. Since then, The Field/DC has offered over 30 Fieldwork sessions, impacting hundreds of local artists and patrons.


Since moving to Washington, DC, Schandelmeier has conducted site visits for The National Endowment for the Arts, been a panelist for the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division, Maryland State Arts Council, Dance Place's New Releases Choreographer's showcase, and served as Chair to the Nirenska Committee (a fund created in honor of choreographer, Pola Nirenska, by her late husband, Jan Karski, to honor a local or Polish dance artist with a cash award of $5,000 annually). In 2001 Schandelmeier was awarded an Artist-in-Residence grant from P.G. Arts Council and continues to conduct residencies in local schools through Joe's Movement Emporium's Arts in Education program. She is a Master Teaching Artist and Trainer for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and teaches dance to children, senior adults, and professionals at studios and schools throughout the region.


While in New York, Schandelmeier was Associate Producer at Dance Theater Workshop. During her tenure she coordinated and served on several Fresh Tracks panels, co-coordinated the New York Dance and Performance Awards (a.k.a. The Bessies), worked with the Executive Director, David White and members of the Board of Directors to initiate the Family Matters series for young audiences, audited performances and reviewed proposals, as well as performing other administrative duties. She was co-curator for Rapp Arts Centers' May Dance Festival, in conjunction with the Bang on a Can Festival, in 1988 and 1989.


Schandelmeier began her dance training with Wigman-based instructor Erica Thimey at the age of four and studied ballet at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. She received a B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and studied choreography with Bessie Schonberg in New York City.


Artist Statement/Focus

I create movement based solo and company works that draw from physical, the matic and structural experimentations. My partner, Stephen and I are committed to creating works that reflect our individual and shared experience of contemporary culture through dance, theater and performance.

E-mail laura@danceboxtheater.org
Phone 301-779-6383
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Location 3311 Rhode Island Ave.
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