Laura Branfuhr

Academy Director / Senior Instructor

Laura began her dance instruction at the age of two. Throughout her childhood she received instruction from four different area dance schools in addition to private lessons.  She has taken classes under dance legends such as Mandy Moore, Bob Rizzo, Napoleon D'umo, David Howard, Finis Jhung, Paula Morgan, Judy Rice, Mike Minery, Gil Stroming, Thom Cobb, Dena Rizzo, Brian McGinness, Denise Wall, Ray Leeper as well as So You Think You Can Dance Finalists; Nick Lazzarini, & Jessica King. The styles of dance she has received training in include Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Broadway, Liturgical, Shag and Vintage Jazz. Laura founded Silver Lining Dance Academy in 2002 and has been instructing ever since. She has tested out of Level III Cecchetti Method Ballet. Currently in addition to teaching Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Pointe at our Academy she is also furthering her education each year.  Her next goal is becoming certified with Dance Masters of America.

Annie Hucks


Annie is our resident Hip-hop & Contemporary Instructor, but she doesn't stop there.  She also teaches some of our Ballet, Tap, & Jazz classes. She has studied in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Shag, Rumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, Tango, East-Coast Swing, West-Coast Swing, and Cha-Cha. She hopes to design our Hip-Hop crew. Her dance education began at several area schools but she has been at Silver Lining since 2005. Annie was a member of the original Magnificat Dance Team. She has studied under Laura Branfuhr, Greg Russell, Toni Dovolani, Dena Rizzo, Ray Leeper, Sam West, Christopher Robbins, Paula Morgan, Denise Wall, & Twyla Tharp.