Lauren Reed grew up in Milwaukee, WI where she trained at Young Dance Academy, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and Milwaukee Ballet. She graduated Cum Laude with honors from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Religion. Upon moving to Chicago, Lauren trained in Lou Conte’s scholarship program under the direction of Claire Bataille. Lauren has danced in programs including Luna Negra Dance Theater, SpringboardX, and Springboard Danse Montréal.
Lauren has danced professionally with Project606 Dance, Aerial Dance Chicago, and Ensemble180. On a project basis, Lauren has performed throughout the Midwest with groups including Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography at Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Jin Wen Yu, Marlene Skog at UW Madison, Meghann Arts with the DePaul theater department, and others.
Lauren is also involved in arts administration. In 2018, she became the Communications Associate for Springboard Danse Montréal. She is the Event Coordinator for the SpringboardX workshop series. She has been the Development Coordinator for Aerial Dance Chicago since 2017, writing grants for the company and assisting with strategic planning. She teaches dance and aerial arts to all ages throughout the Chicagoland area. Lauren has a passion for exploring Chicago’s various social dance communities.