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A Professional!

Hi Laurence ,

Martin (Smiley) Wise and I are happy to let you know what a”
Blast” we had attending your class .

We are impressed at your professionalism and the talent you have
at making it so much fun !

We are hoping to have the opportunity to attend more classes in
the future.

Happy New Year !!!!

Smiley and Renee

Renee Thacker

Lawrence is Present every minute

We didn’t know Country two step at all before meeting Lawrence for his beginning classes at The Maverick Bar. My wife and I were impressed at how Lawrence worked with every student in a personal way. We wanted more so took several private lessons from him. We had previous dance experience and Lawrence worked with us on more crisp and intentional leading and following. He got us excited about dance again. You will see us on the dance floor. Thank you Lawrence

Bill Cramer

So much fun!

Laurence is professional and patient. After just one short lesson, my partner and I had learned enough to thoroughly enjoy ourselves dancing the night away!

Karen Flores

First time taking lessons, great

First time taking lessons, great job by instructor. Learned to do the basics and more! Fun group! Time flew by and we were 2 stepping in no time,. I will come back again

Chris A Haynes

You can teach an old dog new tricks

I’ve been taking group lessons from Laurence at “The Outlaw” for about 6 months now. I’ve taken one private lesson and plan on taking some more. He even let me bring in my Service Dog “Dolly” to his Studio. He is the “Real Deal”. Not only have I learned to “two step”, but have met some good looking “Mares” along the way

John Moser


My husband Scott and I started taking dance lessons before our daughters wedding. We actually had a group class with both our daughters and their Fiancé’s so we would look a little better on the dance floor. It was a lot of fun. It also took a little pressure off both the bride and groom when they had their first dance. We still continue to take lessons with Laurence because we don’t want to forget our steps. Its just a fun thing to do as a couple and its something we can do together having fun and getting exercise. Laurence is very patient and kind and never makes you feel bad when you make mistakes. We tell everyone about him and hope everyone will give him a try. They will be glad they did.

Mariellen and Scott Ekstrom


Great fun

Ive been to other dance classes before and they were pretty much the same with an instructor who would rather be somewhere else. Laurence looks like he really enjoys teaching and really gets into it. Always has a smile on his face. Laurence mixes up the lessons so its not boring for experienced dancers but simple enough to follow if your a beginner.


Two-step in arizona

Laurence has been teaching me to dance for about 5 years now. I’ve taken lessons at his studio and at the Maverick, and it is always a fun and rewarding experience. He is a skilled dancer and a skilled teacher and he encourages having fun and teaches dancers the skills needed in order to have fun dancing! No matter what level you are at, you can start with Laurence and he will get you dancing in no time. His classes at the Maverick are always a fun and vibrant time, and even though he has already taught me to dance, I still take his lessons because they are so fun. I bring my friends, too, whenever I can, because dancing is essential for a light heart. Laurence’s lessons get you to a skill level where you can dance everywhere to any music. I’ve done the Arizona two-step at my favorite 80’s band’s show, too. Thank you, Laurence! Keep up the good work and I’ll see you in your lessons!

Caron Pendragon

Amazing instructor- FUN classes!

Having always liked country music and dancing, I had long wanted to learn country dancing. After one class with a group of friends, I knew Laurence was the type of instructor I needed: high energy, fun, and very patient! I started to attend his classes as often as possible and quickly learned from his excellent teaching and coaching. I ALWAYS enjoy the class and his teaching style including his humor, fun and passion for dance! Thanks, Laurence!


I recently moved to Tucson

I recently moved to Tucson from out of  country. As luck would have it, I was within walking distance of The  Maverick. I took a group class or two and decided that I wanted to speed  up the process of learning the Arizona Two Step. Thats where Lawrence  came in. He is a craftsman of dance. You will learn the footwork that is  the basis of the dance long before you do any fancy moves. The  footwork, the lead, the timing, following the beat. Once you have these  everything else just seems to fall into place. And it looks great on the  dance floor! Thanks Lawrence

Louis O'Conner

I can’t believe we have to wait

I can’t believe we have to wait till  January 2017 to see you again! We are going to miss you, Lawrence! You  have made out time in Tucson so much more , because of your great  instruction. We now have the confidence to dance in an authentic country  western bar and not stick out like the East Coasters we are. Your dance  lessons should be a whole new kind of marital therapy for all the good  vibes they create! Thanks for everything. You are a good man.

Becky Clark

We first took group dance lessons

We first took group dance lessons from  Laurence eight years ago thru Pima College because we wanted to dance  at our wedding (without embarrassing ourselves). After a long layoff  from it, we started taking private lessons from Laurence seven months  ago and are really enjoying it and getting a lot better. He is very  patient with questions and gives us detailed answers to explain the  intricacies of each move. He also does a terrific job of laying a solid  foundation in the basics so that we were fully ready for the trickier  stuff when we got to it. Laurence emphasizes that this experience should  be fun. He has a good sense of humor, explains things well, and does a  really good job of deciding what we are ready to learn next. He makes  dancing fun instead of intimidating even if you don’t feel like you’re a  natural.

Marianne and Dave Parmenter

Laurence you are the best dance instructor ever

Laurence, you are the best dance  instructor ever! You make learning fun – and you are the most patient  person I have ever seen! Thank you for those fun Friday and Saturday  night lessons at the Maverick. The classes at your studio help us all  work on that “dancing bug” we catch at the Maverick. Keep dancing!

Diane H

Dancing in your classes is such fun

Dancing in your classes is such fun! I  always learn something new. And I love meeting the other dancers and  sharing this great art. You are a dedicated, patient Dance Instructor –  the best in town! No wonder you have such a big faithful following!!  Look forward to seeing you on the Dance Floor!!


thank you for the excellent lessons

I wanted to thank you for the excellent lessons you have given to me and my girlfriend. (beginners two  step and beginners waltz) I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance,  just didn’t have the partner or real desire to learn alone. I now have  both, an amazing girlfriend and a shared passion to dance. We are  looking forward to learning more lessons. You have a way explaining it  to me that works.

Gary Burns

you are so talented

Hey Cousin,You dance and train horses,you are so talented.Got the picture on Facebook book what a beautiful horse

Gene Bonfoey

thank you for your dance instructions

Laurence, thank you for your dance  instructions at my birthday party! Everyone really enjoyed the special  treat. You were terrific and I couldn’t believe even my shy guests were  up there swinging! I hope we can do it again.


you are an AMAZING dance instructor!!

Laurence, you are an AMAZING dance  instructor!! I never in a million years pictured myself dancing (much as  I always wished I could), but thanks you to I can say: I AM A DANCER!!!  Your amazing patience and positive attitude have been a life-saver for  me, you have taught me to DANCE and have given me a self-confidence I  don’t think I could have gained without dancing. Thank you for  everything!!! 🙂

Diane H.

I have known you for over 25 years

Lawrence, I have known you for over 25  years. Your mother was an inspiration to us all and it is obvious that  you have her passion for the Arts. Memories of the Tucson Art Institute,  which your mother founded, that contributed to your Dance Studio and  Instructional endeavor, will always be amongst my most happy thoughts. I  am not surprised to see you are successfully doing what you were meant  to do in life- which is being a life motivator! Your ability to endure  life’s hardest challenges with a smile on your face is commendable! Keep  up the good works and keep America dancing! John B. Maryland

John Benson

We are in our third month of dancing

We are in our third month of dancing with you…Thank you so much Laurence, Colleen and the friends we’ve  made in our classes. It is so much fun. You see I was promised by my  husband that he would learn to dance and this is fulfilling a part of us  that I have longed for. Tears of joy last week for me when we practiced  the waltz we were learning. It felt beautiful! Of course we went on the  dance floor Friday night and could not get our waltz going, so more  practice and more fun…I can’t wait to hear Phil say, “why did we wait  so long”. Don’t delay…dance today!! See you tomorrow night!

Phil and Kathleen Rose

I would like to sincerely thank Laurence

I would like to sincerely thank Laurence for his 2-step beginner dance class. Having two left feet and  after taking one group country dance lesson in the past without learning  anything, I was not very optimistic, however Laurence’s 2-step class  FAR exceeded my expectations. After only one class, my beautiful dance  partner and I were able to independently 2-step country dance for the  rest of the night. THANK YOU for giving me the ability to country dance  with the prettiest lady in the Maverick! I am so impressed with  Laurence’s level of instruction, that I look forward to learning the  Jitterbug as well. Thank you again Laurence and see you next time.


I so enjoy the classes

Laurence, I so enjoy the classes. Thank you for your patience and understanding — you are a great teacher. Thanks!!


Tucson goes to learn how to dance

More and more, Laurence is to whom Tucson goes to learn how to dance, because he makes it fun and exciting!

Jeff Mather

Bobby and I are having a great time

Hey Lawrence! Bobby and I are having a great time learning to dance in our group lessons with you and at the  Maverick. We are really excited about starting our private lessons with  you tonight. You are a great teacher and we love you. Thanks!


I am enjoying and greatly benefiting

Laurence, I am enjoying and greatly benefiting from taking individual private lessons. Your prices for  private lessons are the lowest I know of in Tucson. For me private  lessons are the only way to really learn to dance well, and you are an  excellent and patient teacher.

Chuck Shera

I am having a blast

I am having a blast at the Maverick  every Friday night for dance class! And now that you’ve added the  Saturday night West Coast Swing class it’s double the fun! I am meeting  so many nice people and improving my dancing too. You bring joy and  happiness to so many people with your dance instructions. I look around  and everyone is smiling!! You make dancing fun and easy!


Wow!! Wonderful new fun

Wow!! Wonderful new, fun and ‘swingin’ website! Doesn’t make me ‘spin’ out of control! Just like our wonderful teacher Laurence!

Grazia Smith

we love your website

Laurence, we love your website! We  have had so much fun in your Friday night class over the last year and  have learned a lot from you! We are very excited that you’re teaching  the west coast swing class too. We had alot of fun on Saturday and look  forward to learning more from you. Thanks for your patience and humor!

John and Renee johnson

I was very excited

Hi Laurence, The new website looks  great!! We’re looking forward to getting back into classes after taking  the summer off. I was very excited to see that you’re doing West Coast  Swing on Saturday evenings at The Mavrick. I hope to see you this  Saturday. Jan Q

Jan Quintero

Can’t wait to get back in the swing

Laurence, the website looks great!  Miss your classes, now that I’m out of commission for a few weeks. Can’t wait to get back in the swing of things – literally! Take care, see  everybody at those Friday & Saturday classes at the Maverick as soon  as possible.

Diane Hagan

PERFECT timing!!

PERFECT timing!! Thank you for your  always-positive attitude & for your infinite patience…you are THE  BEST dance instructor on the planet!! 🙂

Diane Hagen

We will miss you

Laurence: We will miss you as our WCS  Instructor! Frank & I have had so much fun and you’ve re-invigorated  our enthusiasm for dancing. You are detailed in your instructions and  have such an strong intuitive sense. We look forward to coming back next  winter and having more time with you for WCS. All the best, Tina &  Frank

Tina & Frank Moore

Thank you for spinning me around

Lawrence, Just a note to say how much  we enjoy your dance class. You are such a nice man and we look forward  to each Fri. Thank you for spinning me around-what fun, and giving us  new moves each week.

Roberta Okey

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