Photo: David Bailey

lauren thompson

From Virginia Beach, Va.
With Nashville Ballet since 2012

Training and Education
Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts, HARID Conservatory, Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet



Since joining NB2 in 2012, Lauren has risen in the ranks to become apprentice in 2016. She joined NB2 from Ballet West, and before that the HARID Conservatory where she performed original works by Mark Godden and performed in classics such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. During her time at the HARID Conservatory, Lauren was the recipient of the Gloria Ziaks and Caryn Halpern Ballet Scholarship from the Dance Council of North Texas, allowing her to attend San Francisco Ballet’s summer intensive.

As a native of Virginia Beach, Lauren began her ballet studies at Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts under the direction of Sandra Balestracci, where she performed as the bird in Peter and the Wolf. She reprised that role at Nashville Ballet, as well. Continuing her path of inspiring young audiences, she was also the cuckoo bird in Carnival of the Animals.  Since joining Nashville Ballet, Lauren has expanded her performance repertory as the Swiss Shepherdess in Nashville’s Nutcracker, in Swan Lake and in Paul Vasterling’s Carmina Burana.

As an apprentice, Lauren dedicates a full-time schedule to training and rehearsals. But if she’s ever not in the studio, she is rock climbing, playing piano or keeping her cats company at home.