“I am a contemporary choreographer emphasizing physical invention, expressive clarity, dynamic athleticism, and unexpected moments of intimacy. I weave full-bodied dancing, gesture, music, video, and visual design to create a rich, layered, and multi-sensory experience for the audience.”
Lauren is the artistic director and the choreographer of the company. She has choreographed over fifty professionally produced concert pieces nationally and internationally. Kearns received the 2008 NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship and has received over twenty-eight grants and fellowships to support her creative and scholarly research. She is a seasoned dance artist, somatic specialist, and is certified in Alignment-Based Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and Classical Pilates. Her immersion in somatic modalities greatly influences her movement vocabulary. She recently received a 2012-2013 Elon Faculty Fellowship for her somatic research and has received numerous grants from academic and state organizations. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Kearns was the artistic director of bodytalk dance, a Los Angeles repertory dance company that toured the southwest, had consecutive seasons at Highways Performance Space (a national performance network venue) and had a touring engagement in Changshu, China. She holds her M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance, and an M.A. in Dance Education and Theory from UCLA. In addition to her choreography career, she is a tenured Associate Professor of Dance and Coordinator of the Dance Program at Elon University. She has published dance education articles on her somatic and multimedia research and is a frequent guest artist/lecturer at national and regional dance conferences. In March 2012, Lauren taught a mini-residency at the La Manufacture Dance Center in Aurillac France. She recently returned from a site-visit to the Florence Dance Center in Florence, Italy where she started an Elon Study Abroad Dance Program as well as investigated creative projects for The Kearns Dance Project.