Laurie accidentally came across Salsa in February 2005. He started learning Puerto Rican Salsa and moved on to Cuban style in 2006. He taught himself to play the guitar at 15, started Ballroom dancing in the late 70s, Musical Theatre 3 decades later, Tango in 2005, Bachata in 2006, Kizomba in 2017, add songwriting, a Diploma in Music Business and Certificate IV in Music Management, and you can see that Laurie loves his music and dancing.
His Cuban Salsa training has all been with Cubans, and in 2008 performed in a Salsa Rueda team at various festivals. He has been teaching Salsa and Bachata since 2009. Laurie also performed in Australia's first Bachata Rueda team in the inaugural Sydney International Bachata festival in 2008. His teaching of Bachata focuses on musicality and rhythm, trying to keep it as authentic as possible to its' Dominican Republic roots.