School of the Arts Ballet Mistress
Originally from northern Indiana, Ballet 5:8 Company Artist Laura Schlatter began her dance training at the age of five. Ms. Laura continued studying dance professionally under Beth McLeish and performed original works by Melinda Howe of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and BalletMet’s Jimmy Orrante. Throughout her career Ms. Laura has performed principal roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker and Copéllia as well as Giselle, Don Quixoté, Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and La Sylphide. She was also a featured soloist in the Joffrey Ballet’s Birthday Variations choreographed by the late Gerald Arpino. Ms. Laura had the privilege of traveling to the National Festival de Danse in Montreal, Canada with the New American Youth Ballet where she performed Melinda Howe’s A Breathe of Hayden and received a scholarship to study with the Oklahoma City Ballet. She joined Ballet 5:8 as a Company Artist in 2013 and has been serving as the Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts Ballet Mistress since 2014. Ms. Laura teaches in several Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts divisions and regularly works with the students of the Junior and Level I divisions of the Student Ensemble Program in rehearsals for student performances.