Lauren Woodward is a sophomore at Indiana University, attaining a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance and a B.S.B. in Marketing. Last year, she performed in the virtual production of Indiana University’s Senior Showcase New Moves, and this year, the faculty showcase of Earthward. Other highlights from Lauren’s career include performing the role of Clara in the 75th and 76th anniversary of Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker, as well as Dew Drop and Snow Queen in recent years. She has also had the privilege to perform original choreography by Michael Lang in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with The Toledo Symphony and Degas and the Dance at the Toledo Museum of Art. Lauren has performed in several of Mr. Lang’s other original productions: Alice in Wonderland (company dancer), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Toto, U/S Alice), Alice Through the Looking Glass (Alice), and Carmina Burana (Greed) to name a few. She is a former Principal dancer of Toledo Ballet where she has taught up to Level 5. She has training in classical ballet, contemporary, and jazz under the instruction of Lisa Mayer-Lang, Michael Lang, Christian Claessens, Beatrice Capote, Selene B. Carter, Lalah Hazelwood, Roberta Wong, Justin Sears-Watson, Robert Burden, and Elizabeth Shea. Additionally, Lauren has competed as a Soloist for four years in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in both Classical and Contemporary where she was recognized and offered a spot in Boston Ballet’s 2020 summer intensive program. The summer of 2018, Lauren attended the esteemed American Ballet Theatre Intensive in Tampa, Florida where she was able to train under the pristine Carmela Gallace, Eileen Hebron, Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, and Cheryl Madeux-Abbott.
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Class of 2024