Magazine article Dance Teacher

Lauren Adams

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Lauren Adams

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Soulful songs for contemporary choreography

The versatility and quirk in Lauren Adams' choreography makes her a hit on the convention scene. She attributes her success to a wandering imagination. "I get bored really easily," she says. "I'm always looking to surprise and push myself, which also pushes the dancers."

That's why Adams is always searching for something new to inform contemporary movement. Lately, that something has been ballroom. "I'm studying international Latin and every style has its own timing. The way I hear music has totally changed," she says. "The movement is so grounded and the hands are almost similar to Balanchine. They're so three-dimensional."

In the early stages of a new piece, Adams trusts her intuition. She admits that her choreography often doesn't make sense, even to herself, until later in the process. "It's hard to make a dance say something in three minutes. The strongest way is for me to develop variations off a choreographic theme and to make sure the dancers feel something through the work," she says. "I don't like to leave a room until I've gotten chills."

[Sidebar]

"It's hard to make a dance say something in three minutes."

-Lauren Adams

Artist: Roberta Flack

Song: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

"This is my favorite version of the song and my favorite live vocal performance of all time. It is great as a warm-up or something to play while just learning movement. It makes everyone take a breath and close their eyes because there's so much gratitude in the music. …

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