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 Thompson has risen through the ranks to become an 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, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. During her time at the HARID Conservatory, Thompson 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, she 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, Thompson has expanded her performance repertory as the Swiss Shepherdess in Nashville’s Nutcracker, in Swan Lake and in Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Carmina Burana.
As an apprentice, Thompson 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.