Weber State University Dance Faculty
Laura Balmaceda joined the Weber State University Adjunct faculty in Winter of 2019 as a specialist in Latin and Ballroom partnership dancing. She is the Artistic Director and Dance Director of the Davis County Ballroom (2016-present). Under her direction, the Davis County Ballroom Company’s Formation Latin and Standard Medley divisions have placed as a finalist in the United State National Amateur Dancesport Championships for three years running (2017-2019). She continues to serve as Director for the company creating choreography and providing instruction for the rising generation of ballroom competitors.
Prior to her service directing and coaching, Laura spent seventeen years as a Pro-Amature and Professional Dancesport competitor. She performed extensively throughout the nation. Her competitive accomplishments include:
· Rising Star Finalist/Open Professional Semi-finalist, Holiday Classic 2014 American Smooth
· Open Professional Finalist, Southeastern States Dancesport Championships 2014 American Smooth
· Open Professional Finalist, Southwestern Invitational 2014 American Smooth
· Rising Star Finalist, Empire State 2014 American Smooth
· Rising Star Vice-Champions/Open Professional finalists, Yankee Classic 2014 American Smooth
· Rising Star Vice-Champions/Open Professional finalists, Virginia States 2014 American Smooth
· Open Professional Vice-Champions, Sapphire Star Ball 2014 American Smooth
· Featured Performer, Showdance & Top Teacher, Houston Classic Ball 2014
· Open Professional Finalists, Southeastern State Dancesport Championships 2014 American Smooth
· Top Female Teacher Texas Classic Circuit: 2014, 2013, 2012
Laura is the co-founder of the Affinity Ballroom in the Woodlands, Texas, a studio recognized for excellence by the Texas Dancesport Circuit (2014-2015).
She continues to contribute to the ballroom community in Northern Utah by offering workshops, instruction, and choreography in ballroom dance styles.