Laura O'Malley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and trained on full scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She has danced as a soloist with Stuttgart Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. Among the leading dramatic roles performed by Laura were Giselle in Giselle, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Olga in John Cranko’s Onegin, Lulu in Christian Spuck’s Lulu, Olympia in John Neumier’s Lady of the Camelias, Ophelia in Kevin O’Day’s Hamlet, and Nadia in Mauro Bigonzetti’s i Fratelli

Falling in love with self-expression and contemporary dance, Laura later danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She created works with many contemporary choreographers and performed leading roles in notable pieces from William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Marco Goecke, Alonzo King, Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Sharon Eyal, Azure Barton, Nacho Duato, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Danielle Rowe.

Laura has choreographed for dance films, LINES Ballet's education programs, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and SFDanceworks.