Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2017
A native of Temperance, Michigan, Lauren Tenney began her training under Nigel Burgoine at the Ballet Theatre of Toledo. In 2005 she was accepted into the Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts in Torrington, Connecticut, where she earned the Dona Neri Award for outstanding achievement. In 2006 she was accepted into the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City, where she trained for three years, including her final two on scholarship. While under the direction of Edward Ellison, Tenney earned numerous awards in classical and contemporary categories at the regional level and NYC finals of the Youth American Grand Prix.
In 2009, Tenney accepted a professional contract with the Lexington Ballet where, under the direction of Luis Dominguez, she built an extensive repertoire of classical and contemporary ballet, including the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Odile Odette in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire and the title roles of Giselle and Fire Bird. While dancing with the Lexington Ballet, Tenney performed in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and inspired the original choreography of Dominguez and Duncan Cooper.
Tenney joined the Rochester City Ballet in 2013 and, among other roles, has performed Snow Queen and English Toffee in The Nutcracker, Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, the pas de odalisque from Le Corsaire, and Dark Angel in George Balanchine's Serenade.
A passionate artist, Tenney has produced many pieces of original choreography. She served as a primary teacher for the School at the Lexington Ballet for four years, where she taught classical disciplines across all levels. While on faculty with the Draper Center, Tenney has taught all levels from creative movement to adult open classes is also a private lesson instructor.