A nonprofit organization that provides physically and artistically rigorous dance training at its studios and in schools with a focus on social-emotional development, physical health, leadership skills, and social justice.
Laura Stein & Jeremy Guyton
Laura Stein (co-Founder & Executive Director)
Laura Stein is the co-Founder and Executive Director of Dancing Grounds. She also teaches Work It Out, Dancing Grounds’ flagship hip hop dance and fitness class and teaches arts integration workshops for KID smART. Laura previously worked for Community Works of Louisiana as a Site Director and Teaching Artist. Prior to moving to New Orleans, Laura lived in New York City, working in education policy and management. She was Director of Education & Production at Dancewave (2010-2011), NYC Executive Director of RISE (2007-2009), Education Pioneers Fellow (2007), Policy Associate at New Visions for Public Schools (2005-2007) and Program Assistant at the Social Science Research Council (2003-2005). In 2010, she lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she helped create a girls’ Hip Hop program for Tiny Toones. She received her Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service in 2008 and her B.A. in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University in 2003. Laura cultivated and developed her true love of dance at Wesleyan, where she studied hip-hop, modern, West African dance and ballet. She subsequently studied hip-hop and street jazz in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Jeremy Guyton is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist currently serving as the In-School Education Coordinator for Dancing Grounds. He also teaches 2nd-grade dance at Akili Academy of New Orleans. A Los Angeles native, he attended Georgetown University where he received a B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies in 2012. While at Georgetown, he danced with Groove Theory, a hip-hop team, for three years. Prior to joining the Dancing Grounds staff, Jeremy taught Kindergarten (2012-13, 2013-14) and K-3 Dance (2014-15) at Success Preparatory Academy. He is currently a company member of KM Dance Project and B.U.K.U. Dance Krewe.