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Houston Ballet dancer Lauren Anderson

School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Former Houston Ballet Principal Dancer Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson, former principal dancer with the Houston Ballet, will visit Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance on Friday, February 23 to present a master class. 

The master class will be held from 1:10 - 2:50 p.m. in Studio D123, Center for the Performing Arts, Kent, OH.

Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim audience, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars. She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven and joined the Houston Ballet in 1983 as a Corps de Ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in 1987 and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. Since 2007, Anderson has served as a teaching artist in Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.