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Department of Theatre and Dance

Guest Choreographer

Lauren Edson

Lauren Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy (OR). She continued her formal studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She most recently danced with the highly acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project located in Boise, ID and was featured in several of McIntyre’s works. Her past professional experiences include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Idaho Dance Theatre and Ballet Idaho.

As a choreographer, she has won several awards and been commissioned by numerous companies and Universities throughout the nation. Her original choreography has ppeared at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Series, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, The Kennedy Center, On the Boards Seattle, Dance New Amsterdam, Conduit and The McCallum Theatre. In September 2013, she established lauren edson + dancers which debuted to rave reviews, “LED’s performance was a thrilling, emotional trek over three dances that ranged from a visceral breakdown of personon-person violence to an examination of the interior forces that confine and liberate one woman. Though Edson has danced professionally for years, what she and her dancers delivered is an indication of her unique talent and successes yet to come,” Harrison Berry.

Edson is honored to have received several choreographic awards including: ‘Level Up’ Choreographer Dance Gallery Festival 2013, Paid Engagement Award, 16th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition, Winner Ballet Pensacola’s 2013 National Choreographic Competition, Audience Favorite Award, Milwaukee Ballet's 2013 'Genesis' International Choreographic Competition, Finalist Periapsis Choreographic Competition, Grand Prize Winner 2012 at The 15th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Competition, Winner of the 2012 Great Works Dance Project Choreography Prize, Finalist The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011 and 2010 Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre, and Winner Northwest Dance Project's 2009 'Pretty Creatives' International Choreographic Competition. Edson was recently selected as an Omi International Choreographic Resident and named Artist in Residence at Mystic Ballet (CT). Her past commissions include: Project Launch Dance Festival (CA), Northwest Dance Project (OR), Houston Met Dance (TX), Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI), East Carolina University (NC), Opera Idaho (ID) Polaris Dance Theatre (OR) Grand Valley State University (MI), Washington and Lee University (VA), Pacific University (OR), Idaho Dance Theatre (ID), Conduit: Charged (OR), Ten Tiny Dances (WA), Aerial Without Limits (OR), Portland Youth Ballet (OR), DROP Dance Collective (ID), Bellingham Repertory Dance (WA), Palanza Dance (CA), NW Fusion Dance Company (OR), Balance Dance Company (ID) and Coriolis Dance Collective (WA), to name a few.


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