Lauren Bettencourt, born in Endwell, NY, is currently the ballet director at Progressions Performing Arts dance studio. She began her dance training at age five under the instruction of Tina Cristina Price. At age thirteen, she started training the Vaganova technique under Rafael Grigorian. With him, Miss Bettencourt performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, and Baba Yaga. Lauren went to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2003. There she performed in many works by George Balanchine, Alan Hineline, Richard Cook, and Marcia Dale Weary. Some of her favorites include Serenade, Divertimento #15, and Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine, and Alan Hineline’s Twist, Sleepy Hallow, Coppelia, and Concerto in D. In 2006, she became an apprentice with Ballet Austin where she had the chance to work with many new choreographers and techniques. Miss Bettencourt was part of many original works such as The Monologue Project by Thaddeus Davis, and Ven Pronto by Gina Patterson as well as company works by Stephen Mills, Thang Dao, and Dwight Rhoden. After Ballet Austin, Lauren joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston, TX. She has had the opportunity to perform the leading roles in some of Dominic’s world premiers such as The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and The Nutcracker. Other pieces she has performed include Walsh’s For the Two of You, Romeo and Juliet, Le Spectre de la Rose, Bello, Sleeping Beauty, Titus Andronicus, and I Napoletani.