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Lauren Cox

Lecturer, Jazz Dance

Lauren Cox spent most of her adolescence as a highly competitive Rhythmic Gymnast, eventually achieving 20th in the nation.  Her training is the sum of her travels ranging from Jazz to Haitian Cultural Dances, Hip-Hop and Social Dances, Samba, Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation, Singing and Acting.  She is a published poet and storyteller who delivered a TEDx talk in 2018.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University and has learned to speak Portuguese and Spanish fluently.

On faculty at Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary, Lauren created and implemented curriculum in Jazz, Dance History, Critical Analysis and Industry Prep.  She has also been on faculty for The Ailey School Junior Division respectively.  She is the co-creator and lead choreographer for Kaimera Productions’ SPACES, working with the US State Department and The Smithsonian of African American History to put up an immersive storytelling experience with the community on the Island of Mozambique.  The company also produces SPACES in New York, St. Denis, France and Oakland California.

Her choreography and poetry have been commissioned by; The Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia University, Hunter College, Harlem Arts Festival, MDC Bolivia, Steps Dance India, Wise Fruit NYC, Milford Readers and Writers Festival, Mass Bliss Mindfulness Festival and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center as a recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative in 2016.

Performance credits include Off-Broadway Immersive play Seeing You (as 1940s Jazz Singer), the Afro-Cuban Yiddish Opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire (Dance Captain/Montclair Peak Performances), John Leguizamo’s Kiss My Aztec for Berkeley Repertoire Theater and La Jolla Playhouse (Female Swing/Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain).  Television and live shows include Saturday Night Live, Alicia Keys (Black Girls Rock), Pharrell, LLCoolJ, Amerie, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Joey Yung (Hong Kong Coliseum), Ariana & The Rose, Lady Moon & The Eclipse (choreographer), Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug and more. Feature commercials include Samsung, NYU Langone and Apple.

Personal Website: laurencox.org