Lauren Alexandra Connolly is a freelance choreographer and dance educator from New Jersey. She is the creator and co-curator of Works and Process Choreographers' Residency of Collaborative Arts and Lustig Dance Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. She graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2010 with a BFA in Dance with academic honors. While at Mason Gross, she presented her work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of The National College Dance Festival. She is the recipient of the Florence S. Domeshek Award for dedication and creativity in dance and the Dancexpress Award for exceptional achievement as a choreographer. Under the mentorship of Claire Porter, Lauren was recently chosen as one of the four emerging choreographers to participate in Jersey (New) Moves! at NJPAC. Her work has been shown throughout the New York, Boston, Philadelphia and New Jersey area including New York Live Arts, Reverbdance: Echo Tours, Dance Teacher Summit, Rutgers University, Your Move, Jersey City’s Modern Dance Showcase, Dixon Place, Salvatore Capezio Theatre, Koresh Artist Series, Grounds for Sculpture and George Street Playhouse. This summer, she will be showing her work at the 2015 Koresh Come Together Dance Festival in Philly. Lauren is the former director of dance and creative movement at Children’s House Montessori (NJ), currently serves as Co-Director of the Dancexpress Performance Program (NJ) and dance educator at The Orchard Academy (NJ) and The Academy of Fine Arts and Academics Young Dance Program.
Connolly & Co. is invested in how dance can initiate affective physical, mental and spatial transformations. Based on a vocabulary of athleticism and exploration of the virtuosic human body, we aim to embrace the unknown territory of humanity and social behaviors. Manifesting those ideas into motion and challenging traditional habits, we develop new expressions reinvigorating the collective mindset.
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