Corps de Ballet
Laura Bowman began dancing at age three in Raleigh, NC. She trained with the Raleigh School of Ballet, where she studied under Ann Vorus and Mary LeGere. Her training was supplemented by summer intensives with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Houston Ballet School. Ms. Bowman completed her training during the 2000-2001 Season with The Rock School for Dance Education under full scholarship.
Ms. Bowman became an Apprentice with Pennsylvania Ballet in August 2001 and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in September 2003. Since joining the Company, she has danced the leading role in Agnes de Mille's Rodeo and has been featured in Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto, the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake, Margo Sappington's Rodin, Mis En Vie, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Raymonda Variations, Kevin O'Day's Quartet for IV, Paul Taylor's Company B, Matthew Neenan's 11:11 and Penumbra, Jerome Robbins' N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz and The Concert, Jiří Kylian's Forgotten Land and Petite Mort, and William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and In the middle, somewhat elevated. Ms. Bowman also has originated many roles in works by Wheeldon, Neenan, David Fielding, and Meredith Rainey.
In addition to her work with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ms. Bowman has performed with Carolina Ballet and Ballet X, and in 2010 was cast as a dancer in the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan. She has performed in the International Ballet Festival of Miami, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, and most recently, the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado. Ms. Bowman has taught for schools throughout Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Delaware, and New Jersey, and in 2012 Ms. Bowman was selected as an Instructor for the reestablished School of Pennsylvania Ballet.