Laraine Kauffman is a graduate of the prestigious school in New York City, “The Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Performing Arts.” She has had extensive training in many forms of dance since she is 8 years of age which include ballet (pointe), modern (Graham Technique), lyrical, and jazz. Under the direction of Bonnii Gargano, she started out in a well-established dance studio in Brooklyn, NY. Her teacher's passion for pointe inspired Laraine to continue training in the Arts to a more serious level.
Moving on into her preteen years, Laraine studied jazz at a studio that has been producing dancers for 40 years, Horizons Dance Center, located in Brooklyn, NY. It was there that she danced with famous choreographer Tyce Diorio from “So You Think You Can Dance.” During that time, she pursued her study of ballet in depth at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for several years, where she trained and was mentored under the direction of Dorothy Lister (Co-author of Conversations with Choreographers). While dancing with The Joffrey Ballet School, Laraine was accepted into The Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Performing Arts and it was there Laraine gained her experience in the Art of Graham technique, ballet, jazz, improvisation, and drama under the direction of Michelle Mathesuis, James Moody (the actor), Penny Frank, Elisa King, Michelle Benash, and Bob Heath.
While attending high school, Laraine had been recognized for her ballet solos at several competitions in places such as The Waldorf Astoria. She had also entered and won competitions in Brooklyn, taking first place in well known dance clubs for her free style dancing. Laraine’s passion for dance and her love for children was the driving force that lead her into teaching. From 2007-2015, Laraine has choreographed many ballets and intense modern pieces for yearly performances which took place at the Algonquin and Strand theaters. It is her desire to continue to grow her students in the Arts and to pass on her love of dance to them.