Lauren Bonan has been dancing since the age of three, training under many notable ballet teachers in the state, including Atilla Fitzere, Jan Djikvel, Bene Arnold, Maggie Wright, Calvin Kitten, Maureen Laird, and Jay and Victoria Kim. Her ballet training background includes Vaganova, Royal Ballet, Joffrey, and SAB styles.Lauren began her studies at the University of Utah studying ballet on a talent scholarship. While in the nationally ranked ballet department, she performed with ballet Ensemble and Ballet Showcase. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Pas de deux, Jazz, and Character, as well as music and stage lighting. Lauren made the decision to finish her time at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in the Modern Department with a focus on teaching and performance. This decision allowed her to expand her dance vocabulary to include African dance, Contemporary, Choreography, Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, and Methodology. She was chosen to represent the University in a technique exchange with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, taking daily technique classes with the company. Her wide range of knowledge is brought into the studio and shared with her students, creating a rare environment that utilizes a vast arsenal of different styles, helping to prepare dancers for a wide myriad of choreographic and technical challenges. Lauren has performed and competed across the country, with some of her favorite roles being Firebird, Sugarplum Fairy, and as a regular specialty performer in the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas performance. While performing with the Performing Dance Company at the University of Utah she was able to dance works by renowned choreographers Juan Carlos Claudio, Katie Scherman and Kate Wallick. Her senior choreographic work "muted adaptation" , danced with Ririe Woodbury company member Bashaun Williams, received high honors in her department and was highlighted in the graduating class recital. Lauren has been seen around the state dancing for Professional Company Wasatch Contemporary, and for S.A.L.T. II.
Lauren looks forward to another year challenging and mentoring students at the Conservatory.