Gallery: Lauren Anderson, American ballet icon, in Charlotte

Last week, we welcomed Laure Anderson to Charlotte in partnership with University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Harvey B. Gantt Center! During her visit, Lauren took part in a community conversation focused on her experiences throughout her career and shared advice with local dance educators. She also led masterclasses for our Charlotte Ballet Academy, our Reach program and the public.

Not only was this an incredible opportunity for our students to learn from an American ballet icon, it was also an inspiring experience filled with fun, movement and laughter.

View photos from Lauren’s time in Charlotte at the gallery below! 

  • From left to right, UNC Charlotte dance alumni and dance department chair at Northwest School of the Arts Chandra McCloud Glover, Charlotte Ballet Academy Director, Ayisha McMillan Cravotta, Lauren Anderson, founder/owner of Dedrick’s Dance District, Dedrick Perkins and Interim Chair of the Department of Theater at UNC Charlotte Delia Neil.

  • Long time friends, Ayisha McMillan Cravotta and Lauren Anderson posing together before the community conversation at the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

  • Lauren Anderson, Artistic Director Alejandro Cerrudo and Ayisha McMillan Cravotta together after the community conversation.

  • Lauren Anderson, Artistic Director Alejandro Cerrudo and Ayisha McMillan Cravotta striking a pose after the community conversation.

  • Our Pre-Professional Trainee Division with Lauren Anderson after their masterclass.

  • Lauren posing with the Level 2 dancers after their masterclass.

  • Lauren teaching demonstrating for our Level 2 masterclass.

  • Lauren leading a Reach masterclass.

  • Reach masterclass.

  • Lauren adjusting the position of one of our Reach students.

  • Lauren leading a Reach masterclass.

  • Lauren with our Reach students and Education & Community Engagement Faculty after class.

  • Lauren with our Academy level 4 students after class.

  • Lauren posing with the attendees of the obulic masterclass, which was put together in partnership with University of North Carolina at Charlotte.