Lauren Smith has been dancing since she was five years old. She participated in ballet, gymnastics, ballroom dancing, and every sport she could compete in. For many years, she played soccer on international tournament teams, until dancing took over her life. She started dancing Lindy Hop in 2007, when her friend brought her to LA's Lindy Groove. She grew up listening to the tunes of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman, and jumped at the opportunity to dance to great jazz tunes nightly. From there, she started dancing almost every night of the week and competing regularly.
Lauren specializes in jazz era dances, especially Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, and Shag" href="/knowledge-base/dance-styles/Collegiate-Shag.php">Collegiate Shag. She is very passionate about the preservation and instruction of the partnered jazz dances of the swing era.
She has won and placed in a number of national and local dance competitions, including Camp Hollywood, the Lone Star Championships, Inspiration Weekend, Le Hot Sauce, and many others. She teaches regularly around the Los Angeles area, as well as dance exchange and workshop weekends around the country. Lauren is sought out as a swing DJ and competition judge. She also helped organize the Roaring Twenties Street Jam in 2014.
When she isn't teaching dance, Lauren enjoys a life as a choir director and classical voice teacher. She graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach with a Choral-Vocal Bachelor of Music. Lauren regularly teaches music, and performs in choirs and operas around the LA area. Although music education is her first passion, Lindy Hop is her life.
Lauren loves the jazz lifestyle. From vintage clothes to swinging tunes, she has embraced the era wholeheartedly. She is thankful for the people she has met through swing dancing, and the joy that dance has brought to her life. Swing dancing has introduced her to her closest friends and even her husband. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire her students to grow in their abilities and love of jazz dance.