Lauren Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho, began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy. She continued her formal studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Julliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She is currently in her third season dancing with Trey Mclntyre Project and has been featured in several of Trey’s most recent works including, "In Dreams," "Arrantza," "Shape" and "Wild Sweet Love."
Her past professional experiences include: Bodyvox, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, and Hubbard Street 2. For the last several years she has been working as a freelance choreographer. While based in Portland, Ore., she established herself as one of the most sought after local choreographers. Her work has been described as “loose-jointed, mock combative, a little techno and besotted with the simple pleasure of unexpected movement,” by Bob Hicks, The Oregonian.
She was one of the 12 Northwest choreographers selected both in 2010 and 2011 to participate in the AWARD Show Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre. In 2009, she won the Northwest Dance Project’s first annual Pretty Creative’s International choreographic competition. She has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to perform an evening of solo works. Her choreography has been featured at the American Dance Guild Festival in N.Y., Idaho Dance Theatre, Ten Tiny Dancer, Aerial Without Limits, Regional Dance America, Northwest Dance Project, NW Fusion Dance Company, Balance Dance, Charged: Conduit, Coriolis Dance Collective, and DROP Dance Collective, among others. As a celebrated dancer with Trey Mclntyre Project, the Idaho Statesman states, “Lauren has luminous eyes, a pixie-like smile and a flair for choreography that stretches her already supple body to the limit.”