Laura Connolly

Laura is a familiar face joining our staff as you will recognize her as an instructor at Singleton with BDF since 1998. She is a member of National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) and United States Twirling Association (USTA).  She has studied with Penny Janowski, Sharon Campbell, Carole Lozano, Elaine Sabino, and various other renowned twirling coaches.  She has studied dance at Sunshine Dance Studio and Turning Point Dance Academy in Miami and Broadway Dance Center in New York.   She was a dance and baton instructor and counselor at Penny Janowski’s Leadership and Auxiliary Camp.   Laura has performed with Gloria Estefan, Greater Miami Opera Company, and Miami Choral Society.  She has twirled in many parades including Jr. Orange Bowl, King Orange Bowl, Disney’s Magic Music Days, and Paris Millenium. She was a Feature Twirler for Miami Killian Senior High School Danceline in Miami, FL for 4 years, as well as Cougarette Captain for 2 years. Laura comes to us rich in education credentials. She is a member of the education associations STEA and NAEYC.  Laura received her bachelors degree from the University of Memphis in Early Childhood Education.  Laura was a feature twirler and captain on college scholarship while with the University of Memphis.  She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She is has been a Jr. Kindergarten teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School since 2002. Laura has known Scarlet Ryals since 1997 and received her pedagogy training under her direction and is excited to work with her again.