Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Jennifer Lauren is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. At age three, she began training in various regional schools and later with Royal Academy of Dance and the Alabama Ballet Pre-Apprentice Program. Lauren’s summers were spent attending American Ballet Theatre intensives. In 1998, at age 16, she joined the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteren. In her eight years under Chapman, she performed principal roles in numerous full-length classics including Giselle, Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and others, as well as many principal Balanchine roles.
In 2007, Lauren joined Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in 2011. In 2014, she was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.” During her tenure with MCB, Lauren has been featured in principal and soloist roles. In 2017, she was promoted to principal.
Roles since joining MCB
Sir Frederick Ashton
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, Divertissement Pas de Deux)
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Sugar Plum, Dew Drop)
La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker)
Swan Lake (Odette)
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Valse Fantaisie (1953)
“Flower Festival Pas de Deux”
Year of the Rabbit
Dances at a Gathering
In the Night
In The Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Don Quixote, Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky (Kitri)
Giselle, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Lauren has originated roles in Justin Peck’s Heatscape, Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, and Liam Scarlett’s Viscera and Euphotic.