Tips From The Pros...
Lauren Seymour is one of Australia’s most sought after commercial and contemporary dancers whose love of dance shines through every single time she steps onto a stage or a sound stage. Lauren was able to truly share her passion for performing with the nation this year when she was voted Australia’s Favourite Female Dancer on Channel 10’s So You Think You Can Dance where she was crowned Runner Up in the competition. Beginning her training at a very young age in all styles of dance, Lauren trained with All Starz Performing Arts in Sydney and then went on to Newtown Performing Arts as a high school student before studying her Certificate IV full time at Brent Street Performing Arts. Before graduating Lauren had already booked numerous professional gigs including a role as a tap dancing Penguin in George Miller’s Happy Feet Two choreographed by Dein Perry. Throughout her career so far Lauren has performed with Ricky Martin, Jesse J, Delta Goodrem and Kelly Rowland as well as appearing as a featured dancer at ‘Pacha’ Sydney at the ivy where she was also Dance Captain under the creative direction of Ignatius Jones and Craig Illot. Lauren has been seen on screen in the feature film Goddess as well as ABC’s Dance Academy and music clips for Redfoo, Prinnie Stevens and Cassie Davis. Lauren was the Season 1, Dance Captain of the new commercial company, directed by Marko Panzic, The Dream Dance Company and is now in the company for the second season. Lauren’s warmth and down to earth personality combined with her fierce passion and incredible talent have propelled her to the top of her field in Australia. The rest of the world now awaits the amazing journey that is to come for this brilliant Artist.
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.
Dancers: Lauren Seymour and Renelle Jones
Choreographer: Stephen Tannos