Laura Vernaci

Laura Vernaci

Dance Contributor and Copy Editor

Laura is a Kansas City native who always has been passionate about the arts, particularly dance. She began dance lessons at age five, and has competed and performed on stages across the country and in Canada. Laura received professional training at the Kansas City Ballet School, where she had the opportunity to apprentice with the company, and continued her training at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. After graduating from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with a degree in Journalism, Laura danced professionally with the Minnesota Ballet. Her extensive background includes traditional techniques, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, and musical theater, as well as less mainstream styles, such as Russian, Spanish, and Chinese folk dancing. As a writer and editor for KCMETROPOLIS, Laura brings a sophisticated voice and discerning eye to the wide-ranging dance offerings throughout Kansas City.  

Miscellaneous movements

Owen/Cox Dance Group culminated its 12th season with two original works accompanied by pianist Kairy Koshoeva.

Cultural celebration

Renowned Irish dance company Riverdance brought its 20th anniversary tour to Kansas City last weekend at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Gold medal presentation

Complexions Contemporary Ballet brought ability, artistry, and attitude to Johnson County Community College’s Polsky Theatre on Saturday night.

Diversity of dance

The Harriman-Jewell Series presented Dance Theatre of Harlem’s diverse repertoire on Friday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

PREVIEW: Spring 2018 Dance

Kansas City is overflowing with first-rate dance opportunities this spring from both local and visiting artists who specialize in an assortment of styles, including ballet, contemporary, and Irish folk...

For the young at heart

After spending a week as guest artist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Kansas City Ballet returned to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to open...

Shifting tides

Kansas City Contemporary Dance presented a new, full-length work, “Shifting Tides,” over the weekend.

Fresh, funky moves and tunes

Owen/Cox Dance Group delivered two original, exhilarating world premieres on Saturday night in collaboration with The People’s Liberation Big Band.

Romance reinvented

The Kansas City Ballet began its 60th anniversary season Friday night with a new adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet."

Contemplative collaboration

After taking last year off, Carlson Center Presents’ ‘New Dance Partners’ returned last Friday night with four intricate and intense world premieres.

PREVIEW: Fall 2017 Dance

Mark your calendar for this fall’s selection of dance performances, ranging from ballet and modern, to South African and dance fusion.

KC Fringe 2017: “Gallery of Dreams”

Crescendo Conservatory, based in Overland Park, Kansas, breathed life into art in its abbreviated “Gallery of Dreams” recital at the Bolender Center.

Choice trifecta

This past Friday night at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kansas City Ballet presented an accomplished and diverse program that celebrated the conclusion of its 59th...

Friendly fellowship

Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance Group and Newport’s Island Moving Co. celebrated remarkable milestones and a refreshing partnership in an exciting and varied display of dance.

Transcending body and mind

MOMIX, led by founder and artistic director Moses Pendleton, awed a Lied Center audience lastFriday night with a whimsical integration of dance and acrobatics.

Once upon a dream

For the first time in its 59-year history, the Kansas City Ballet brought to life “The Sleeping Beauty” in its entirety. The Company’s Friday night premiere at the Kauffman...

Ailey’s legacy lives on

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to its second home this weekend for three celebratory performances at Johnson County Community College.

Modern meets local

Last Saturday evening, City in Motion Dance Theater presented its 14th annual production of “A Modern Night at the Folly,” which included 10 new choreographic works by local artists.
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