Originally from Edmonton, Lauren currently is a freelance dance artist and dance educator in the Vancouver area. Most recently, Lauren danced with the Performance Research Project led by Lesley Telford providing her to work with local artists such as Serge Bennathan, Vanessa Goodman, David Raymond, Noam Gagnon, and Idan Cohen. Previously, Lauren professionally danced with Citie Ballet (Ballet Edmonton) performing new works by choreographers such as Francois Chevennement, Heather Myers, Alysa Pires, and Jorden Morris.
In her hometown, Lauren began her dance studies in a range of styles at the Art of Dance learning from her godmother, Sherri Urkow, while completing ballet, modern and tap examinations through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Additionally, Lauren danced with the studio’s performing company, Stardust Dance Company, travelling to Disney World, Sea World and Carnival Cruise Lines. Lauren continued further training at the Edmonton Dance Centre under Deborah Morgan through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus where she achieved her graded and vocational examinations with distinction, as well as receiving her Solo Seal Award in 2012. Lauren also competed at the Genée International Ballet Competition hosted in Cape Town, South Africa where she advanced to the finals in 2011.
Upon graduation, Lauren attended the Miami City Ballet School training in the George Balanchine style. Lauren additionally attended summer intensives at the Canada’s National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive mentored by Jorma Elo and Helen Pickett.
Lauren has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary classes throughout numerous dance schools in the greater Edmonton and Vancouver areas. She is currently working towards her RAD CBTS certificate, and is also qualified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She is thrilled to be able to pass down her knowledge, love and passion for dance and strives to guide her students into being the best versions of themselves inside and out of the studio.