Dance Department Teaching Faculty
Ballet, Pilates, Contemporary
Lauren Stenroos is currently a professional ballerina with the Cleveland Ballet under the artistic direction of Gladisa Guadalupe. Previously, she has danced professionally with Lake Erie Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Ballet Montana. She has also appeared as a guest dancer at Williamsport Civic Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet, and Mercyhurst University.
Lauren received her early training from the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet (Now called Ballet Excel Ohio) under Nan and Mia Klinger. While at CVYB she had the unique opportunity to perform in original ballets choreographed by Michael Vernon, Francis Patrelle, Tom Gold, James Sewell, and Bill Hastings. She also attended summer intensives on scholarship at Chautauqua Institution, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Dance with a Minor in Music Composition from Mercyhurst University.
Featured roles at Cleveland Ballet have included Swanilda in Ramon Oller’s Coppelia, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Queen of Hearts in Margo Sappington's Alice, Hippolyta in Ramon Oller's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a soloist in Les Sylphides.
Over her career she has also enjoyed performing in works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Stuart Sebastian, James Sewell, Jon Rodriguez, Amy Seiwert, Gina Patterson, Gina Walther, Lesley Bories-Scalise, Paul Vasterling, Gladisa Guadalupe, and Ramon Thielen.
This is Lauren's fifth year teaching ballet at WCA, and she is delighted to continue to be a part of the growth of the organization. In addition to teaching ballet, she also is certified in Pilates and teaches mat and reformer classes. Lauren is also a composer and has created original musical works for dance.