Lauren Shavitz – Instructor
Lauren was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been dancing since age 5 and professionally for 26 years and has taught extensively in South Africa, Georgia and California since the age of 18 in Jazz and Tap and lyrical. Lauren has performed in various T.V. shows, Industrials, and Stage Productions. In her native country she performed with the Performing Arts Modern Dance Theater Company, as well as Jazz Dance Theatre South in Atlanta and Jazz Spectrum in Orange County. Lauren performed for choreographer Mike Esperanza in Friends in Dance 2007 Showcase as well as for choreographer Linda Simmons in Pulse ’07. Lauren worked with Tesoro High School Dance Team and Color guard August of 2008 through August 2010. She was the dance commissioner for the 2007 Maccabi Games and the Artist in residence for the 2009 Maccabi Artsfest as well as upcoming 2013 Maccabi Games in Orange County. Lauren continues to choreograph competition groups and solos for several high schools in Orange County as well as choreographing for San Juan Hills High Spring Show 2011 and 2012. Lauren is a member of CADTD ( California Association of Dance/Drill Team Directors ) and USA ( United Spirit Association ) where she judges for the high school competition circuit. Lauren produced a Benefit Dance Concert, where 15 dance teams and various studios and dance companies performed to raise money for a friend of her daughters who was severely injured in an ATV accident. Lauren continues to expand her creativity and passion for dance. She is blessed with her amazing husband and is very proud of her 21 year old daughter Taryn and 10 year old son Trent. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body” – Martha Graham.