Maureen Laird

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Maureen Laird received her early dance training at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. She continued her studies at David Howard's School and Melissa Hayden's Studio in New York. As a student, Maureen enjoyed performing opportunities with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Opera then danced for the American Dance Ensemble and Ballet El Paso before joining Ballet West, where she danced from 1980-1987.  While with the company, she was given the opportunity to work with established and emerging choreographers and to learn a varied repertoire.  She enjoyed performing on tour with Ballet West across the nation and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

 During her career, Maureen pursued her education at Point Park College and the University of Texas, El Paso before receiving both her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah. She enjoys the opportunity to teach each year for the Ballet West Academy. 

Maureen also instructs students at the University of Utah Ballet Department having joined the faculty in l990.  As a tenured professor, her duties include teaching Ballet Technique, Pilates-based Ballet Conditioning and Pointe Technique to undergraduate and graduate students.  Along with committee work, she directs and choreographs regularly for departmental productions: Ballet Showcase, Ballet Ensemble and the Utah Ballet. Her research interests include Body Conditioning, Support for Dancers in Transition and Brain Function and Development. She lives in Salt Lake City with her two sons, Dane and Alec.