Lauren Morris is a choreographer, educator, and performer originally from Virginia. She has presented her work throughout Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and San Jose, Costa Rica. She has performed with Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Gravity Optional, RADAR, and Starr Foster Dance Project and has worked with notable choreographers including Monica Bill Barnes, Tere O’Connor, Thomas DeFrantz, Bill De Young, Jessica Fogel, Joe Goode, Gerri Houlihan, Gesel Mason, Peter Sparling, Judy Steel, and Rodney Williams.
Morris served as a head instructor for Universal Dance Association and her choreography for high school dance companies won numerous awards at regional and national levels. This opportunity allowed her to teach and perform throughout the United States as well as in Paris, France.
She has also instructed at the American College Dance Association (Grand Valley State University, George Mason University, Towson University), The Concert Ballet of Virginia, The Dance Company, Diggs School of Dance, The University of Michigan, MPulse Performing Arts Institute, Oakland Dance Festival, Performing Arts High School in Denver, Colorado, Sun King Adult Dance Camp, and Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Dance Intensive. Morris has created work for Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Collegiate School, The Dance Company, RADAR, Ohio Wesleyan University, The University of Michigan and The College of William & Mary.
Morris’ solo work, Within Roots, is the 2012 recipient of the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award. She has received funding from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women & Gender and Rackham Research Grant. She also received the Pell Grant for international study. Morris’ work as a dance artist is based on the exploration of fundamental knowledge of introspective movement and is influenced by her individual experiences. Her artistic work explores how dance can be a reflection of life and represents where we are in the world today, not only as individuals but also as a community. Morris is inspired by the connection between the mind and body and how her emotional, psychological, and physical idiosyncrasies affect her choreography. Currently, Morris’ research is to investigate the complexities of memory and memory loss diseases.
Morris is certified in Elemental Body Alignment System and is a practitioner of Thai Yoga Bodywork. Morris received her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. She is currently a Lecturer of Dance at The College of William & Mary where she teaches Ballet, Modern, Dance Composition, and Group Choreography; as well as choreographs for the Orchesis Modern Dance Company.