Lauren, originally from Edmonton, currently is a freelance dance artist and dance educator based out of Vancouver. Most recently, Lauren danced with the Performance Research Project led by Lesley Telford providing her to work with local artists such as Noam Gagnon, Idan Cohen and Lesley Telford. In her professional career, Lauren performed with Citie Ballet (now Ballet Edmonton) where she has had new works choreographed on her by acclaimed and emerging choreographers such as Francois Chevennement, Heather Meyers, Alysa Pires, and Jorden Morris.
In her hometown of St. Albert, Alberta, Lauren began her studies in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance at the Art of Dance where she also completed examinations through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Additionally, Lauren danced with the school’s performing company, Stardust Dance Company, where she performed at Disney World, Sea World and Carnival Cruise Lines. Lauren continued her early training at the Edmonton Dance Centre under Deborah Morgan focussing intensively through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. Lauren achieved her RAD graded and vocational examinations with distinction, as well as receiving her R.A.D 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 final round as the only dancer from Canada in 2011.
In her professional training, Lauren attended Miami City Ballet School where she trained in the style of George Balanchine from renowned teachers in the dance industry. While at MCBS, Lauren performed roles in Carnival of the Animals, Paquita, and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante. Lauren additionally has travelled across North America to attend summer intensives such as Canada’s National Ballet School, Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre. In the summer of 2012, Lauren had the opportunity to take the Boston Ballet Choreographic Dance Intensive with choreographers Jorma Elo and Helen Pickett. During this intensive, Lauren worked closely with Helen Pickett learning William Forsythe Improvisation technologies and practices.
Lauren has taught ballet, jazz and contemporary classes throughout numerous dance schools in the Edmonton and Vancouver areas. She is thrilled to be able to pass down her knowledge, love, and passion for the art of dance, and strives to guide her students into being the best versions of themselves inside and out of the studio.