Riverdance Principal Dancer and Summer School Instructor
Born in Co.Down, Northern Ireland, Lauren started dancing at the age of four with the Festival tradition of Irish dance. This tradition of dance is mainly based in Ulster. Throughout her competitive career Lauren won many regional championships with the St.Patrick’s School including the Ulster and Northern Ireland titles numerous times. She transferred to the Reilly School of Irish dance in her late teens where her success in competition continued.
Touring the world following her passion had always been Lauren’s dream and in 2007 she joined the Irish dance show Rhythm of the Dance where she toured the world extensively performing the lead role for three years.
In 2010 she then went on to fulfil her life long ambition by joining Riverdance. Lauren is the first female from the Festival tradition to become a principle dancer with the show and has been proudly leading the troupe touring around the world since 2011. The highlight of her career to date was when she stepped out on stage as the principle female in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena to a sell out home crowd in 2014.
This is Lauren’s 4th year teaching with the Riverdance Summer School. It has been an unforgettable experience for her each summer. It is extremely rewarding for Lauren to work with and inspire the next generation of dancers who strive to be in the show one day. She particularly loves to see the passion and energy that each dancer brings to the summer school and to watch how they progress throughout the week. She is really looking forward to working with each and every dancer in Boston again this summer and wishes everyone the very best of luck during this once in a life time opportunity.
“Your performance must be made up of what has made you. That way you can connect with your audience.” Lauren Smyth