Lauren Edson, Choreographer
Click here for Lauren's Choreography Reel!
Lauren Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy in Portland, Oregon. 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 is a 2003 alumnus of the School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Dance Program. She has most recently danced with the highly acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project and has been featured in several of McIntyre’s works including: Bad Winter, Oh! Inverted World, In Dreams, Blue Until June, Ma Maison and Shape. Her past professional experiences include: Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. Throughout her career she has had the privilege to perform the works of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Angelin Perljicov, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley and Pina Bausch, among others.
As a choreographer, she has won numerous awards and has been commissioned by numerous companies and universities throughout the nation. She most recently won the Grand Prize Award at McCallum Theatre’s 15th Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival located in Palm Desert, California. In February 2012, she won the Great Works Dance Choreography Prize, a National Choreography Competition affiliated with Western Michigan University. Her work Foreground was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in May 2012 as part of the National College Dance Festival. She was selected to participate in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011 and 2010 Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre, one of New York City’s major dance presenters.
In 2009, she won the Northwest Dance Project's first annual Pretty Creative’s International Choreographic Competition. She has recently been named Artist in Residence at Mystic Ballet (CT) and commissioned by Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI), Peck School of the Arts (WI), Opera Idaho (ID) Polaris Dance Theatre (OR) Grand Valley State University (MI), Washington and Lee University (VA), Pacific University (OR) to create work for their upcoming seasons or serve as an Artist in Residence. In addition, her work has been featured at the American Dance Guild Festival (NY), Idaho Dance Theatre (ID) Conduit: Charged (OR), Ten Tiny Dances (WA), Aerial Without Limits (OR), Portland Youth Ballet (OR), Northwest Dance Project (OR), American College Dance Festival (MI), Regional Dance America (UT), DROP Dance Collective (ID) NW Fusion Dance Company (OR), Balance Dance Company (ID) and Coriolis Dance Collective (WA), to name a few. She received a 2012 Honoraria Fellowship from Idaho Commission on the Arts, acknowledging her achievements in choreography. www.laurenedson.com