Born and raised in Northern California, Laurie danced most of her youth in a competitive dance studio setting. This eventually led her to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA. Laurie danced throughout her collegiate career as a member and Captain of the UCLA Dance Team and graduated with a BA in World Arts & Cultures, which housed the Dance Department.
Laurie's first exposure to Mat Pilates was during a "Kinesiology & Anatomy for Dancers" class at UCLA and again a few years later while rehabbing a minor dance-related injury, she was introduced to the Pilates Reformer as a form of physical therapy. Laurie’s connection with Pilates was instantaneous. The exercise method made her feel stronger than ever before and fused her lifelong love of movement and fitness into one.
Laurie enjoyed a post-graduate career as a professional dancer for ten years signed with one of the top dance agencies in LA. Her performance credits include live music awards shows, music videos, film, TV, pro sports halftime shows, dance tours overseas throughout Asia, and two trips to Iraq to proudly perform for our U.S. Armed Forces.
Feeling fulfilled with her dance accomplishments and the desire to start a family, Laurie decided to revisit her love of Pilates and became a certified instructor. Laurie received her certification for both Mat and Reformer Pilates through the prestigious PhysicalMind Institute. It is often said that dancers make the best Pilates teachers, and in this case, it was the perfect fit. Laurie went on to teach in one of the most highly sought after Pilates studios in Beverly Hills, and at some of the hottest gyms in Hollywood. She also privately trained high profile clients in their homes and on location and also opened her own home studio. After 15 years of living in Los Angeles, Laurie relocated back to to Bay Area with her family. Laurie built another home studio with the intent to bring her Pilates expertise and passion to those in her hometown.
After three years of teaching at her in-home studio, Laurie gained a loyal local following and found herself in the fortunate situation of having such a demand for her classes that she had a waitlist of clients hoping to get in. With the launch of LEVEL UP Online, Laurie intends to reach so many more women and help spread the Pilates love!
Laurie is a seasoned fitness instructor who motivates her clients to make their health an unwavering priority. She believes being fit is a lifestyle, and hopes to inspire those who work with her to feel the same. Driven by a true love for helping people develop and build their inherent inner strength, Laurie is here to propel the movement you’ve already started. Let’s move and LEVEL UP together!