What was the last song you danced to?
Gone by Lianna La Havas
Best job/ artist you’ve worked for?
I’m so sorry I just can’t name one singularly. Haha There is three that come to my head and they are all my favorites because of the amount I learnt from the casts and crew!
Happy Feet 2 The Movie was my first professional job at the age of 18. I was working alongside the most amazing, mature, knowledgably, talented, and admirable cast members including, Kate Wormald, Michelle Hopper, Simon Lind, Antony Ginandjar, Joel Rasmussen just to name a few. Choreographer was Wade Robson, lets just say I didn’t say a word unless spoken to for the 7-week contract, reason being I felt like I had so much to learn from them all, and as it was my first job I felt I didn’t really have much to share about my experiences…because it was only my first! Haha
So You Think You Can Dance, taught me so much I could definitely write a novel, or two! It was physically, mentally and emotionally challenging and the journey not only taught me about myself as a dancer but also myself as a human being. So extremely thankful for this experience and the people I got to work with.
And last but not least The Dream Dance Company. This is an experience that I am still learning from as Season 2 is just about to start. The Season 1 cast and choreographer Stephen Tannos was an epic experience so I’m looking forward to Season 2!
What makes a good performer?
The moment that all inhibitions, doubts and worries are completely forgotten about and all that is seen is the story been told. A good performer will capture audiences small or large with only a turn of the head because of the energy and presence that she/he holds on the stage.
What is your favorite style of dance?
My favorite is something I like to call commercial contemporary, it’s a mix of lyrical and contemporary just more conversational with a few technical elements thrown in!
What do you think is lacking in the dance industry?
Honestly, I think support for all choices in this industry is lacking. Social media plays a massive part in this because it gives one freedom of speech, which is a good thing but I think sometimes we all forget that our opinions may be effecting one who is completely happy with the choice they have made, whether that be creating their own show, or video, moving to another city nationally or internationally, or choosing a different path to continue on and the list continues.
What do you think the main difference is between the Australian and American dance industry?
I think the amount of work available is the difference. I haven’t visited the US for a few years now but judging from what I’ve heard and seen there are auditions a lot more frequently in The US than here in AUS. I think if Australia had the same amount of work opportunities then the US, the world would be a very happy place!
Best piece of advise you were given/heard?
Be kind to all. Whether or not your personalities clash, be kind.
What would you say to people trying to make it in the industry?
I would say to find overall strength. What I mean by that is find strength in the decision to be successful, find strength in your technique, in your core and muscles so you can dance the way you want, find strength in your mind so that you can be confident and happy, find strength in the people you surround yourself with, if the people you are surrounded by don’t support your every move or make you feel like you need to impress them to succeed they are not the correct people. Being strong mentally, physically and emotionally will help you find things that you never knew you could ever possibly do.
Watch Lauren performance from So You Think You Can Dance, Australia.