Lauren Sion '04 Lives Out Passion for Dance

Professional dancer Lauren Sion ‘04’s passion for dance didn’t start out in the traditional sense.

“My interest in dance was sparked by my parents — they encouraged me to take classes when I was little so that I would have something to put for my extracurricular activities when I applied to college At first I hated dancing,” confessed Lauren, who has been dancing since the age of four, “but after I discovered the versatility inherent in dance and all creative work, I fell in love with it. There are so many different dance styles to learn and enjoy.”

Today, Lauren lives in New York City and dances professionally with the Lower East Side-based Rod Rodgers Dance Company. When not performing, Lauren also teaches and choreographs throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.

After graduating from Moravian Academy in 2004, Lauren received her BA in Dance from Muhlenberg in 2008 with Magna Cum Laude Honors, having trained in various styles and techniques such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and tap.
“Moravian really prepared me for college by giving me the mental muscles to balance my interest in dance and my commitment to my core classes. I could focus on dance whenever I wanted to do so. Moravian really helped me be successful throughout the rest of my academic career.”

When asked what advice she would give to students interested in entering careers in the creative industry, Lauren answered, “Passion is essential for a creative career. Work hard. Know that it’s not always going to be easy. There are times you are going to want to give up. But if you truly love something, and that’s what you’re passionate about, you should fight for it. You have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to do what you love.”

Learn more about Lauren’s work and background by visiting her website athttps://www.laurension.com.

Photos by Matthew Wright, DanceETHOS Performance Company

This article appeared in the Winter 2019 Moravian Academy Journal's "After Moravian: Creative Paths" section on page 28.

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