Lauren Mendelson, Instructor
LAUREN MENDELSON is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher residing in the Chicagoland area. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her BFA in Dance through which she was awarded the Lisa Carducci Memorial Scholarship for Overall Excellence, the Talented Student Tuition Award. Lauren had the opportunity to perform in works by several faculty and graduate students including Linda Lehovec, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Dr. C. Kemal Nance, Leah Wilks, Charlie Maybee and Kendra Portier. Lauren is also a collaborator and performer for Polymath Performance Project, an organization bringing tap dance to contemporary dance. As a teacher, her experience ranges from young children to adults. Her classes explore creative movement while providing a strong technical foundation. Lauren’s work as an artist stems from tradition, community, and togetherness, values she holds in high regard in her life.