Ellicott City, MD

Laura McManamy

InterPlay Leader in Training

As far back as I can remember I've used movement as a means to express and release whatever I knew or didn't know was "alive for me" as we say in Interplay. I didn't have the opportunity to study dance formally until college. Two weeks into my first dance class in my freshman year I declared my major in Dance. I had no minor and no other major. Through an unpredictable confluence of circumstances I later studied for and obtained a Juris Doctor, or law degree. I have worked as a business litigator, as a State Attorney General, a law clerk, and an ethics advisor. I have helped business people, children, litigants going through divorce and custody issues, a man on death row, and federal employees trying to do "what's right" while pursuing the things that interest them in and outside of work. Through 15 years of practicing law, several moves, a stint in an RV, and raising a child with special needs, dance has fit into my life in small and big ways, giving me a place that is just for me. As a dancer I love improvisation, contact and choreography, but found set choreography not quite as exciting as improvisation. As a person with training in logic and proof, I know that truth matters, even though it can be challenging to pin down. When a good friend introduced me to Interplay it was like coming home...but to a new place full of light-hearted exploration. My favorite things about Interplay are that it is structured play for adults, it creates community in a truly authentic way, and it allows for sneaky deep healing to happen without having to "work" at it. I have taken the Life Practice Program 5 or 6 times; and each time I grew as a person and became more comfortable with myself and others. I am so happy to have found Interplay and to be able to bring it to others.

Ellicott City, MD
United States