An award-winning choreographer, performer and costume designer, Laurel Victoria Gray specializes in women's dance of the Islamic World and of Silk Road cultures. She was selected to deliver the 2009 Selma Jeanne Cohen International Dance Scholarship lecture at the Fulbright Association annual conference. Gray is the recipient of the 2006 Metro DC Dance Award for Excellence in Costume Design; the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Embassy of Uzbekistan; the 2003 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED) Awards for Best Choreographer (2003) and Best Ethnic Dancer (1999).
Gray is the Artistic Director of Silk Road Dance Company which she founded in 1995. She has taught and performed throughout Europe, Central Asia, Australia, the United States and Canada. Her field research includes numerous trips to the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Gray's articles have appeared in many publications including the Oxford University Press International Encyclopedia of Dance, the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theater, the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Culture, Dance Magazine and foreign dance journals. In 1984, Gray founded the Uzbek Dance and Culture Society and in 1994 established the annual Central Asian Dance Camp.