A former ballet dancer, with more than a decade of stage experience described as "powerful, deep, heartfelt performances that takes audiences on a journey internally through the landscape of their own dark secrets and desires", Laura Urgelles has danced the principal roles of Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and many others.
Known for her big smile, infectious laugh with a deep dark voice and dancing eyes, she is your enigmatic woman, confident and sensual, yet emotionally vulnerable.
Of Cuban origin, she was among the very first dancers to win a Gold medal for Cuba in an International Ballet competition. A ballerina turned actor in Cuba and the United States (Hartford Ballet and The Washington Ballet).
Most recently she worked with playwright Heather McDonald and choreographer Susan Shields in a play that premiered at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC. During her time at The Washington Ballet, Laura also worked in various occasions with Tony award winner (An American in Paris) Christopher Wheeldon.
Excellent in dance, movement, stage combat, aerial yoga silks, some martial arts, improvisation, and comfortable with both comedic and dramatic characters, she has studied at The Shakespeare Theatre with the late PJ Paparelli, at The American Academy of Arts with Susan Pilar, Lisa Milinazzo, and Dennis Reid, with acting coach John Pallotta, and now training with Deena Levy.
Currently she is pursuing film, television, and theater in the United States and Cuba.
Name: Laura Urgelles
Lives in: New York City, New York
Unique traits: Ballet and contemporary dancer. Aerial Yoga silks. fluent in Spanish.
Theater by Heather McDonald & Susan Shileds Katriona
Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight
Film by Chyntia Newport Self