Laurie Balise

About Laurie
Where were you born?
Seattle, WA

In your free time what do you like to do?
Spending time with family—I’m the youngest (the baby!) of 5 kids-and spending time with friends. I love volunteering and helping others…I was a Girl Scout leader for 8 years and love empowering women to be strong and capable!—and I was the dancing whale mascot for my daughters’ school for 5 years! I love design, home projects and organizing special events and I’m currently the co-chair of my 30th HS Reunion! I also love healthy food and cooking, wine tasting, traveling and exploring. I also run Tough Mudders (I’ve done 4!) and many other adventure runs and events like 9 consecutive Columbia Tower stair climbs to benefit cancer research. 

A short biography:
Ms. Balise is a Seattle native and has been involved in dance and the arts all her life.  She began dancing at age 3 with Dorothy and Nelle Fisher and then became a founding senior company member with Olympic Ballet Theater in Edmonds.  She attended the Pacific Regional Dance Festivals for several consecutive years and received a scholarship to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference in Geneva, NY.  She performed at numerous venues throughout the PNW and in multiple full-length Nutcracker Productions, Frederick & Nelson Santa Breakfasts, and Spring Showcases.  Her primary training is in ballet, including partnering and pointe.  She’s had experience as well in jazz, lyrical and hip-hop.  She’s uses her varied sports background, including competitive swimming, rowing, soccer, and basketball, to enhance her athleticism in dance and as a teacher of both dance and fitness.  She’s appeared in two fitness videos with Kari Anderson, including “Angles, Lines & Curves,” a Pilates/ballet floor barre inspired class format, and “Curl,” an abdominal workout. Ms. Balise has taught at various studios north of Seattle for 15 years. In addition to coming onboard with The Barre, Ms. Balise is currently on the ballet faculty at Vibe dance school. Ms. Balise has also previously worked as a private tutor for Kindercare, teaching phonics, early math, and music to preschoolers and school age children.  She also worked previously as the Content Coordinator for the Mill Creek Lifestyles Magazine, as well as doing contract work teaching dance for Mill Creek Parks and Recreation and Bootcamp for Run2BFit. Her other current current primary position is as a fitness instructor for LA Fitness where she has taught every class they’ve offered for over 10 years, including Pilates, Yoga, Bodyworks and Aqua Fit, as well as she subs ballet/
>> Pilates barre and bootcamp regularly at Columbia Athletic Club in Silver Lake.
>> Ms. Balise is a graduate of the University of Washington where she studied Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.  She worked as the Publicist of the Seattle Symphony during the opening and Inaugural Season of Benaroya Hall, and served as an intern in the Public Relations Department at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was on the Board of Directors for PNB’s “Backstage Pass” young professionals group during its initial season. Ms. Balise has two teen daughters and enjoys spending time with family, being active in adventure runs like Tough Mudder, traveling, the outdoors, and volunteering for various organizations in her spare time.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
I’m proud of leading a life where I try to always grow and try new things and wear many hats! But by far my biggest accomplishment is raising two beautiful, emotionally intelligent and strong young ladies. I’ve done much of it as a single mom during some difficult times following my divorce. I couldn’t be more proud of them and the caring, funny, intelligent and resilient human beings they are! So much love!

Something others might not know about you:
I was the 5th best 10 yr old breaststroker in the City of Seattle when I was 10! And a random thing…I have a congenital anomaly that my uterus is shaped like a heart! My “womb of love” LOL! It caused post-partum problems that almost took my life both times after delivering my daughters, but we talk about how extra special they are because of it! And to no surprise they both have HUGE loving hearts! 🙂