Lauren Carmen

Lauren Carmen, originally from Iowa City, IA, trained primarily with dancers of Houston Ballet in Iowa City, at summer intensives with Houston Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater, and in college at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance. Other major influences in her training include a year at the Joffrey in Chicago, as well as summer programs on scholarship in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Paris, and Oklahoma City. Lauren studied under master teachers Mary Margaret Holt, Clara Cravey-Stanley, Steve Brule, and Ilya Kozadayev and 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 not only performed, but also served as ballet mistress to visiting guest artist Jock Soto, choreographed on her peers for showcases, taught Youth Ballet courses, became a certified Pilates instructor, designed costumes for mainstage productions, and worked in the University Theatre Costume Shop. Now in her third season with Ballet Quad Cities, Lauren is looking forward to taking on new roles, sharing her deep love of ballet with the community, and continuing to explore the art form through teaching and costuming productions.