St. Louis Dancing Classrooms’ team boasts decades of experience in dance, performance, teaching, and youth development
Lauren N. Wilmore, Co-Founder & Executive Director:
A 2006 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Ms. Wilmore received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in French, International Business and Marketing. Ms. Wilmore worked for several years in Education and Marketing at Dance St. Louis. She went on to become the co-founder and executive director of St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, a non-profit organization that teaches teamwork, dignity, and respect through ballroom dance. In 2012, Ms. Wilmore graduated from the Community Arts Training Institute Fellowship Program throughout the Regional Arts Commission. Ms. Wilmore has a decade of experience in ballroom dance and continues to work as instructor and choreographer at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and Flavor Dance & Fitness Studio. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of St. Louis’ Latin Dance Company, Grupo Azucar.
Kimberly Anderson, Teaching Artist:
Kimberly Anderson was introduced to dance when her mother would take her to classes at Katherine Dunham’s training center when she was six years old. She developed a passion for Afro-Caribbean Dance, and treceived training in the San Francisco Bay Area and on extensive training trips to Haiti and Cuba that have allowed her to perform and teach both nationally and internationally. In 2003 Ms. Anderson returned to her city of origin, St. Louis, and performed with renowned local dance companies, and formed her own company, Banyan Dance Theatre. She is the newest member of the St. Louis Dancing Classrooms team!
Angela Brooks, Teaching Artist:
Angie Brooks has been dancing since the age of three, has trained with such dance stars as Gus Giordano, and had a decade-long performance career traveling around the world in musicals. Ms. Brooks has been a teaching artist for St. Louis Dancing Classrooms since 2009, teaches private and group ballroom dance lessons across the St. Louis area, and actively competes DanceSport at the professional level with her dance partner.
Carrie Fernandez, Teaching Artist:
Carrie Fernandez started her dance training in St. Louis and has studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, San Franciso Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow) and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where she was on full scholarship. She has been guest artist to many regional ballet companies and has danced in numerous shows and industrials around the New York/New Jersey area. She began teaching almost 17 years ago in New York City. Her students have won scholarships to top dance programs including admission into the School of American Ballet, but some of her most rewarding work has been with the St. Louis Dancing Classrooms program, where she has been a teaching artist since 2010.
Laura Maier, Teaching Artist:
Laura Maier has studied many forms of dance since she was just three years old. She has choreographed and taught tap, jazz, and ballet at Becky Kern’s Dance Studio, Civic Dance Center, Angie’s Dance Studio, and Dimensions Dance Center, as well as choreographed and taught performances for the Belleville East Swing Choir and Belleville East Drill Team. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology (child emphasis) from the University of Illinois and her elementary education teaching certificate from the University of Laverne. She trained and performed with Rosie Radiator and the San Francisco Tap Dance Team, and she presently teaches ballroom to fifth grade students as a teaching artist with the St. Louis Dancing Classrooms program.