Laura always loved ballet. As a little girl, living in Chicago; she danced ballet traveling in the EL train to take classes from the suburbs without fail.
Later on moving to Ocala Florida, she continued her passion for ballet. Laura was always inclined towards ballet as a genre of dance and each year right from teens to early 20s, auditioned for the local production of ‘The Nutcracker” ballet. She always hoped to be casted for the most glamorous role as the Arabian Princess. However, to her dismay, she was never chosen for that role, and was instead always casted as a flower, snowflake, mouse, or candy cane.
Laura never gave up on her passion and lived her dreams through her daughter Celeste, by putting her in Vero Classical Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker. Laura’s husband, Lawyer Bobby is a fantastic dancer himself, based on which he was offered the role as lead Arabian male for the 2013 Nutcracker. Bobby knew that Laura has had instilling memories, and has always fantasized about dancing the princess role and was a little hesitant in accepting. However, Laura is a strong-willed confident woman therefore; she encouraged her husband to take up the role. Meanwhile, rather than feeling resentful, she planned to brush up on her ballet skills, and started attending Vero Classical Ballet’s adult class.
Laura believes that hard work, and determination can pay off, and in this case it certainly did. After several classes, the dance instructor Amy Trammel offered Laura the role of the Arabian princess for the 2013 Nutcracker. “I was screaming in my car, I called my mother and later Bobby”- Laura Guttridge. Laura knew she had a bundle of responsibility on her shoulders therefore; she worked hard preparing for her dream roll as the Arabian Princess with her Husband, and another male dancer. Laura managed to accomplish all this at age 50. Laura feels that nothing is impossible and if we continue with our confidence, there is no way we cannot achieve it.