Lauren Carmen

Lauren began refining her ballet technique with Grace and Tad Snider before graduating high school a year early to train at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago. Spending her summers at intensive programs such as Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, then later on scholarship at Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris, and Oklahoma City Ballet, Lauren had the chance to study a variety of ballet techniques and dance styles, as well as perform renowned works such as George Balanchine’s Serenade.

Lauren graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma in May 2016 with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy, minor in French, and emphasis in Costume Design. Throughout college, Lauren was privy to opportunities such as performing with Oklahoma Festival Ballet (resident company of the School of Dance), serving as ballet mistress to visiting guest artist Jock Soto, choreographing on her peers for showcases, teaching Youth Ballet courses, and working in the University Theatre Costume Shop.

After an exciting first season with the company performing roles in many works including Deanna Carter’s Dracula, Courtney Lyon’s The Nutcracker, Margaret King’s Rodeo, and Courtney Lyon’s Billy the Kid, Lauren is delighted to enter her second season dancing with Ballet Quad Cities.