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Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson

Since January 2007 Anderson has taught ballet at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston.  She is also a popular lecturer on the subject of ballet, and conducts master classes at area schools hoping to inspire students of all ages and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Houston Academy’s Dance students were delighted and honored to have former Houston Master Ballet’s most beloved star, Lauren Anderson, conduct her master ballet classes with them.  Anderson is one of Houston Academy’s Magnet Curriculum visionaries and worked with our kids between November 5, 2015 and December 17, 2015. She continues to come back and monitor as well as mentor the young dancers. 

When Lauren Anderson was promoted to principal dancer with the Houston Ballet in 1990, she became the first female African American principal dancer in the United States and, at the time, the world’s only African American prima ballerina heading a major ballet company.

houston dancersBy the mid-1990s Anderson had now developed an international reputation for her roles in great classical ballets. Her most notable role, however, was Cleopatra, a ballet choreographed expressly for her by Ben Stevenson, who was now her teacher and mentor.   In 2006, at age 41, Anderson retired from the Houston Ballet. Her last dance on stage was in The Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy, a role she had performed for more than 20 years.