Laura Makemson was born and raised in Davie, Florida, where she began her ballet training at International Dance Academy under Deborah and Mary Buttner. In 2015, she joined the Sarasota Ballet as a trainee, where she performed in George Balanchine’s Jewels, Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Sinfonietta, and Dame Ninette de Valois’ Checkmate. She attended summer programs at ABT, Sarasota Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater. In 2017 she joined Texas Ballet Theater’s Professional Division where she performed in several different productions with the TBT school and Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker. She is now attending her first season as a trainee with Texas Ballet Theater.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
When I was 10 years old
Why did you begin dancing?
I watched my friend’s ballet class and immediately fell in love with it!
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
In 2018, after a year with the Professional Division.
What is your favorite ballet to see?
I love George Balanchine’s Jewels and how it shows the contrasts between Emeralds, Diamonds, and Rubies. I also love Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.
What is your favorite role to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
I loved performing in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes! One of my favorite roles I’ve performed was a short couple Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Sinfonietta.
What is your favorite movie and TV show?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Office
What is your favorite song?
“September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire because my birthday is in September!
What is your most memorable vacation?
Going to Japan last summer with my boyfriend! It was an amazing experience and a completely different culture.
What is your least favorite word?
What sound do you love?
The ocean because I grew up listening to it.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I would love to go into fashion design! When I was little I always loved to play dress-up with my friends, and not much has changed since then.
Do you enjoy teaching or choreographing?
I personally loved to be choreographed on more than teaching or choreographing. Although I do think dancers learn a lot when they have the opportunity to teach and work with other dancers.
What other talents do you have besides dancing?
I played the flute and piccolo all throughout high school. I was in my state’s youth orchestra and had private lessons every week.
What did you do over the summer break?
I usually visit family in Arkansas or family in Florida. But I always love to fit a fun trip in somehow! I love traveling abroad and learning about different cultures.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I love boating and diving. Growing up my dad always tried to incorporate adventure into my life whether it be snorkeling, diving, or teaching me about marine life.
If you could drive any car, what would it be?
An Audi R8
If you had a vacation home, where would it be?
Somewhere on the coast of Spain
What’s one thing you believe is necessary to be a great performer?
I think the ability to absorb information quickly and adapt to the environment is very important when performing. Although dancers rehearse for hours on end, at the end of the day, it’s a live performance so anything is bound to happen when we get on the stage.