The Kennedy Center

Laura Schandelmeier


Laura Schandelmeier is a Dance Specialist who works as a choreographer, performer, teacher, and administrator. She creates movement-based solo and company works that draw from physical, thematic, and structural experimentations. She is the founder and director of The Field/DC, a satellite of The Field in NYC, which provides workshop and performance opportunities to artists. In New York City, she was the Artistic Director of her own dance company from 1988-1994 and became Associate Producer of Dance Theater Workshop (DTW). During that time she choreographed, produced, staged, and performed over twenty dance and theater works, including four full-evening productions. 

Her work has been commissioned and produced by Dance Theater Workshop and Danceplace Project at St. Mark’s Church in NYC, and presented at numerous venues throughout New York, and Internationally over the past 18 years. In DC, her work has been produced by The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, The IN Series, and by Washington Performing Arts Society in Martha @ Dance Place, curated by Richard Move. Regionally, festivals such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and, Yes, Virginia Dance have presented her work. 

She has received several awards for her choreography, including four consecutive grants from the Harkness Foundations for Dance, support for international projects in 1990 & 93 from the Suitcase Fund, and an Individual Artist Award in Choreography for FY 2001 & 2003 from the Maryland State Arts Council. She was one of ten American choreographers selected to participate in the American Dance Festival’s 1989 Franco-American Bilateral Exchange Program and was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in 2000 for the opening event of the Dancing in the Millennium conference. On March 8th, 2002, she presented a full evening of solo performance work with guest artist Jane Jerardi on The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (archived at 

Schandelmeier teaches children, teens, and adults at studios and schools throughout the DC area and is a teaching artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. She lives in the newly established Gateway Arts District in Mt. Rainier, MD with her 8-year-old daughter, Holly Rae.
Laura Schandelmeier