Lauren is from Spokane, WA and began taking ballet lessons at age 6. She studied with Sandra Olgard and Thyra Demetrick for the next twelve years and successfully completed her Royal Academy of Dance pre-professional Advanced exams. As she progressed in the RAD syllabus, Lauren enjoyed the combination of discipline, challenge, and expression the syllabus invited. In high school, Lauren began to explore modern dance and continued to study with Heidi Jones Eggert, Nicole Bradley Browning, Tarn Ream, and Michele Antonioli at the University of Montana. She graduated in 2011 with a minor in dance and major in human biology. Her studies took her back to Spokane, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and discovered a passion in caring for kids, especially those with special needs. Meanwhile, Lauren pursued dance by teaching ballet and modern at Sandra Olgard’s studio. She is grateful to be a part of the exciting work and growth of Vytal Movement Dance Company!