As many of you have probably noticed, there is a new face at the front desk these days. Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Lauren Slocum and as of January, I have been taking on the role of Projects Manager. I may look familiar to some of you…my history with the Fort Wayne Ballet goes a little ways back.
I started dancing at the Fort Wayne Ballet at the age of 6 in 1994. It wasn’t a huge surprise when my mother signed me and my sister up for ballet classes. She was actually a dancer herself. My mother, Kara Ryan Slocum, and aunt, Molly Ryan Smethers, both grew up dancing at the Fort Wayne Ballet all the way through high school. I began my education with the ballet under Rose Aimee Butler, working through the R.A.D. program. I continued dancing at the ballet all the way through high school, working my way up to Performing Level 2. I studied under the direction of Karen Gibbons-Brown, Derek Reid, Radmila Teodorovic, and Elenora Pokhitonova Hartung, as well as many master teachers including Jeremy Blanton and Kevin Martin. Throughout my years dancing here, I have enjoyed the opportunity of performing in many classical ballets and contemporary pieces. Some of my favorite roles I have performed include Snow Crystal, Arabian Coffee, and Marzipan Shepherdess in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda’s Friend in Coppélia, and the Fairy Godmother and Spring Fairy in Cinderella.
Upon graduating high school in 2007, I was accepted into the Butler University Dance Program. I attended Butler University where I danced with the Butler Ballet, and received my Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration in 2011.
In the 2011-2012 school year, I returned home and began my teaching career with the Fort Wayne Ballet at the new studios in the Auer Center. I really enjoyed teaching the Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, & adult students, as well as my Tap class.
And so that brings us back to the present. Growing up, the Fort Wayne Ballet truly was my “home away from home.” I am so excited to have this opportunity to return and be a part of the place that helped shape me into the woman I am today. I look forward to the chance to give back to the organization that has already given me so much.