Laura McQueen-Schultz

Company Member since 2003
Apprentice, 1999-2000
Grand Rapids Ballet School 1990-99

Laura was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she started her ballet training at age seven at the Grand Rapids Ballet School. She was a member of both the Junior and Senior Professional Trainee programs, and also studied with the Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, and the National Ballet School of Canada. She joined the Grand Rapids Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. In 2001, Laura danced with the St. Louis Ballet for two seasons and returned to the Grand Rapids Ballet in 2003. Laura frequently appears as a guest artist in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia for companies including Ballet Bratislava, Long Beach Ballet, Farrell Ballet Theatre, and Whim W’Him, most recently at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Laura is also the Associate Artistic Director of Young People’s Ballet Theatre in Flint, Michigan since 2012.

Roles

Original Leading Roles:

White Swan, Black Swan White Swan , Mario Radacovsky
Dreams, Rachael Riley
Wendy, Peter Pan, Gordon Peirce Schmidt

Leading Roles:

The Envelope, David Parsons
Company B, Paul Taylor
Con Amore, Lew Christensen
The Nutcracker, Traditional
Who Cares?, George Balanchine
Paquita, Marius Petipa
Raymonda Pas de Dix, Marius Petipa
White Swan Pas de Deux, Swan Lake
Nine Sinatra Songs, Twyla Tharp
Cold Winter’s Waiting, Brian Enos

Featured Roles:

The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine
Serenade, George Balanchine
Black Forest Carousel, Francis Patrelle
Amazed in Burning Dreams, Kirk Petersen
Sister, Prodigal Son, George Balanchine

Interests

Every summer I choreograph and stage for the Children’s Opera Workshop.

I use to play the flute in high school and I enjoy skiing.

Nicholas Schultz and I have been married since 2008.