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 is a 2003 alumnus of the School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Dance Program. She most recently danced with the highly acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project located in Boise, ID. While a part of this celebrated company she was featured in several of McIntyre's works including: Bad Winter, Oh! Inverted World, In Dreams, Blue Until June, Arrantza and Shape. Her past professional experiences include: Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. She has had the privilege to perform the works of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Angelin Perljicov, Maguy Marin, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley and Pina Bausch, among others.
As a choreographer, she has won several awards and fellowships and been commissioned by numerous companies and Universities throughout the nation. Her original choreography has appeared at Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out Series, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Peridance Capezio Center, Conduit, The Kennedy Center, On the Boards Seattle, Dance New Amsterdam and The McCallum Theatre. In September 2013, lauren edson + dancers debuted to rave reviews, "LED's performance was a thrilling, emotional trek over three dances that ranged from a visceral breakdown of person-on-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 on September 28th, is an indication of her unique talent and success yet to come," Harrison Berry, The Boise Weekly.
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 Compeition, Winner Ballet Pensacola's 2013 National Choreographic Competition, Audience Favorite Award, Milwaukee Ballet's 2013 'Genesis' International 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.
She has recently been named Artist in Residence at Mystic Ballet (CT) and past and future commissions include: Northwest Dance Project (OR), Verb Ballets (OH), Dance Theatre of San Fransisco (CA), Ballet Idaho (ID), Dance Gallery Festival (NY) Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI), Houston Met Dance (TX), East Carolina University (NC), Western Oregon University (OR), 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), Idaho Regional Ballet (ID), Ten Tiny Dances (WA), Aerial Without Limits (OR), Portland Youth Ballet (OR), DROP Dance Collective (ID), NW Fusion Dance Company (OR), Balance Dance Company (ID) and Coriolis Dance Collective (WA), to name a few.
PHOTO CREDIT: JACK HARTIN, COURTESY OF MCCALLUM THEATRE
DANCERS: LAUREN EDSON AND JASON HARTLEY