Laura Jones Wallner

Principal Dancer, Quixotic Fusion

Laura grew up in Hamilton Montana, where she started dancing at the age of 6. When she was 14, her family moved to North Carolina so that she could continue her classical ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. When she graduated from high school, she got a job in Columbia, Missouri dancing for the second company of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Laura then danced with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. In 2008, she moved to Kansas City, and that is when she started working with Quixotic. Laura now dances for Quixotic full time and enjoy choreographing pieces that involve dancers interacting with visual projections.

What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
Kansas City has a wonderful and thriving arts community. It is also very tight-knit, and I think that all of the artists support each other and work together in amazing ways. You can also feel the support from the entire community. Kansas City has high standards for its artists, and we strive every day to meet and exceed those standards. It is a wonderful place to create because the people of this city are constantly showing us appreciation and support, and we couldn't do what we do without this.

When and where are you happiest?
I am happiest in two places; up on stage, in full costume and make-up, where I can transform into a totally different person, blowing people's minds... or at home on the couch cuddled up with my husband.

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
I love to walk around Loose Park, especially in the spring when everything is blooming.

Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
I always have to go home to Montana at least once a year. I miss the mountains, and try to soak in as much of them as I can while I am there.

What's your most treasured personal possession?
I guess I will have to give a cheesy answer, and say that it is my engagement ring, because it came from my best friend who makes me so stinkin happy!

Who's your favorite fictional hero?
I have always been a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables. She, like myself, is a redhead, which she considered a terrible obstacle she had to overcome in life. She also was spunky, imaginative and adventurous, all traits I admire.

Who do you most admire in real-life?
That is a really tough one because there are so many people worth admiring. I admire people who really believe in a cause and work hard for it, even if it seems hopeless. I also admire those who have some kind of physical limitation or disability but who keep positive attitudes and keep pushing forward and working hard to achieve their dreams.

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