Lauren Carmen

Lauren began refining her ballet technique with Grace and Tad Snider at the University of Iowa Youth Ballet, then later the Nolte Academy of Dance in Coralville, IA. Furthering her training, Lauren spent summers studying at Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris, and Oklahoma City Ballet as well as a year in Chicago, at the Joffrey Academy of Dance.

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. While in college, Lauren had the privilege of performing with Oklahoma Festival Ballet (resident company of the School of Dance), serving as ballet mistress to visiting guest artist Jock Soto, creating choreography on her peers, as well as working in the University Theatre Costume Shop, and teaching Youth Ballet courses.

Lauren is delighted to begin her second season with Ballet Quad Cities.