Laureen learned to dance the two step and west coast swing in 1989 while hanging out at her local country bar, the Saddle Rack. In 1991 she met her longtime country dance partner Robert Royston and together they won numerous country events including four consecutive Worlds Masters Division titles from 1995 to 1998. At the same time, they also competed at swing events winning numerous swing titles. After retiring from competition, Laureen appeared on Broadway in a show Swing! After the show ended, Laureen returned to swing competition and won the U.S. Open’s Showcase division with her partner Ronnie DeBenedetta; they later won in the Showtime division too. Laureen was inducted into the WSDC hall of fame in 2014.

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