Laurie Kanyok

Owner / Artistic Director

Ms. Kanyok has performed on Broadway, television and film.  She played the lead roles in Twyla Tharp's COME FLY AWAY and MOVIN OUT; other Broadway credits include FOSSE, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and IN YOUR ARMS.  She was the ballet casting consultant for Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's 

An AMERICAN IN PARIS, where she scouted elite ballet companies in North America, preparing dancers both theatrically and vocally while coaching them through Mr. Wheeldon's choreography.

Additionally, Laurie is a member of Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli's creative team; where she provided additional choreography for Gattelli's IN YOUR ARMS and The Cher Show. Ms. Kanyok's professional experience has allowed her to develop a diverse repertoire of unique relationships. An established and respected performer, producer, choreographer, director and mentor to many. 


Teaching Credits                                

  • PACE University

  • Point Park University

  • Pepperdine University

  • Orange County School of the Arts

A Note From Laurie

I realized early on, my passion for performing wasn’t a choice, it was in my genetic makeup. My origins as a dancer/performer were very different from what exists today, we didn’t have social media as a platform to promote our craft. We had a room with a floor, barres, mirrors and music. I was fortunate to enjoy a successful career performing coming from that background, and have reinvented myself within this industry as I evolved. I recognize the benefits of today’s virtual society and feel the perfect recipe could possibly be a little bit of that plus a little bit of this!


I started KAI when I felt compelled to share wisdom I learned from others as well as from my professional experiences. Discipline, integrity and commitment were critical values instilled in me as a maturing dancer from my earliest teachers and later mentors. Technical training is a key component of success, it is useful in all facets of life. If we remain true to these values, we will learn from each other, expand our horizons, and continue to grow.


Perfection is a fool’s errand. We strive for excellence.