Lauren Anderson, the first African American Prima Ballerina of a major ballet company (Houston Ballet) is directing her first ballet in collaboration with The Link School of the Arts, Troy, MI. Prior to the show, Ms. Anderson will give a lecture and teach a master class for Dance and Theater Department students from the Detroit School of Arts, King High School, Cass High School and Renaissance High School. Younger students from Detroit’s Burton International, Duke Ellington, East English Village, and Spain schools will also attend the lecture. This program will take place at Detroit’s Renaissance High School on April 13th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
As the Education and Community Engagement Director at the Houston Ballet, Ms. Anderson conducts master classes and lectures on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African American ballerinas. She is delighted to bring this program to Detroit students. Her presentation will include excerpts from the classical ballet Coppelia performed by a diverse group of students that she has personally coached.
“I am happy to bring Coppelia, a comical ballet for all ages, to the Metro Detroit Area. Detroit needs more classical ballet!” Ms. Anderson exclaims.
Having Ms. Anderson share her passion with Detroit’s most talented dancers will no doubt help them to cast visions for the possibilities of their own futures. A generous donor has gifted 100 Coppelia performance tickets for the DPSCD students who attend the April 13th event.
Performances of Coppelia will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 7pm and Sunday, April 22nd at 3pm at the Bloomfield Hills Performing Arts Center (4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302). Tickets are available through “Seat Yourself” at ArtsAtTheLink.org. Reserved seating, $30. General admission, $25. Students with valid I.D., $20. Children ages 2-12, $15. VIP Experience with Ms. Anderson one hour before each shows, $50.00.
Groups Sales available at (248) 733-0200.
For more information about Lauren Anderson, please visit www.laurenandersonofficial.com
You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram – Lauren Anderson Official and Twitter @landersonballet
About Lauren Anderson
Native Houstonian, Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim audience, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars.
She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in as a Corps de Ballet, 1987 was promoted to Soloist and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world.
In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed her new role of Program Manager in Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement program where she conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas.
In the spring of 2016, she was a permanent exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D. C.