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Lauren Anderson: A Trailblazer in Dance

The life and legacy of an iconic Houston ballerina from the icon herself.




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Famed ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson, joins us to discuss with us her early dancing career, how she became the first African American woman to be promoted to a principal dancer in the Houston Ballet, and the impact she's had on the Houston arts community.

Lauren also discusses the upcoming Stages production, Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson, which details her early life, her struggles with addiction, and the road to her recovery all set to music and dance.

Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson is playing from October 7 – November 13, 2022, at Stages in Houston. For more information, click here.



Lauren Anderson

  • First Black Principal Dancer, Houston Ballet
  • Associate Director, Education & Community Engagement, Houston Ballet

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