Laura Koch has taught West Coast Swing in Fort Collins and Denver to groups and individuals since 2005. Laura has earned over 50 awards in West Coast Swing on both the national and the local levels. West Coast Swing dancing has taken Laura to many national events, trainings, movie filmings, and social dances across the country. She is seen as a dancer in the 2009 movie, Love'n'Dancing. Laura was honored to perform a West Coast Swing routine at the 2010 US Open of Swing with Manny Viarrial, Dee Becker and Jim Baker. She has studied under many champions and has taken much training with Skippy Blair, the godmother of West Coast Swing who gave West Coast Swing its name in the 1950s. In 2008, Laura passed the Golden State Dance Teacher Association (GSDTA)'s Teacher's Exam. Laura enjoys teaching people the technique and the fun of West Coast Swing. She brings playfullness and understanding to her students.
Laura Koch grew up dancing ballet, also dabbling in tap dancing and theatre. She performed in the New Orleans production of the Nutcracker. In high school, she danced international folk dancing, performing with the Storm Mountain Troopers. She also danced on stage as part of the chorus of the musical Cinderella. After high school, Laura enjoyed Contra Dancing at Club Tico in Fort Collins with the Friends of Traditional Dance. She also danced waltz, polka and swing with leaders from this community.
In 1997 on the rebound from a broken heart, Laura went to the Sundance where she was first introduced to West Coast Swing. She promptly began to study under Melissa Seib of Dance Colorado. Here, she learned Cha-Cha, NiteClub 2-Step, Country 2-Step, and West Coast Swing. Due to her preference for hip-hop/pop music and due to being openly encouraged in West Coast Swing to dance creatively in a way that matched the sounds in the music, Laura gradually went West Coast Swing crazy. While West Coast Swing consumes the vast majority of her dance time, Laura still occasionally takes Zumba, Body Jam and ballet classes which she finds helpful for her West Coast Swing dancing.
For some psychic, unexplainable reason, Laura was eyeing Jim as her potential dance partner back in 1999. They became dance partners in 2005.