Lauren Gaul, Artistic Director, Jazz Technique
Lauren Gaul is an Associate Professor of Dance at Sands College of Performing Arts in the BFA Commercial Dance Program located at Pace University in New York City. She is also the Associate Director of the Sands College of Performing Arts and was Co-director of the BFA Commercial Dance Program which she co-founded and co-wrote. She teaches numerous courses within the curriculum such as Jazz Dance Technique I and III, Jazz Dance Pedagogy, Dance History, Ballet Pedagogy, Senior Seminar, UNV Freshman Seminar, Senior Project, and Commercial Dance Lab. She directs the Senior Showcase Concert and regularly choreographs for the dance concerts at Pace.
As a performer, Lauren appeared as a Radio City Rockette for 10 years in the Christmas Spectacular three of those years were also as a Rockette Swing. She performed both in the national tour of the Christmas Spectacular and at Radio City Music Hall and performed in many other events and shows as a Rockette. Her performance career spanned numerous other shows, industries, and companies. Lauren has also been an assistant choreographer for industrials such as: Lady Footlocker, IZOD, Capezio, Sesame Street, and Sesame Workshop featuring recording artist Brandy, and for cruise lines such as Princess, and Celebrity. She was an assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares for three years directed by TONY winner Jerry Mitchell and Denis Jones. She has presented her work at Jacob’s Pillow inside-out theater, Jazz Dance World Congress (choreography event finalist), Broadway Dance Center, the Bridge for Dance, SUNY Purchase, Pace University, Destiny Rising at the Joyce, and the Tennessee Williams Festival. She also choreographed the Drama Desk-nominated play The Mutilated (Off-Broadway) starring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade.
She received her undergraduate degree from OCU as a dance performance major and her MFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. While there she was a graduate teaching assistant to Kazuko Hirabayshi (Composition I) and Roz Newman (Senior Seminar). Lauren also choreographed for the Purchase Nutcracker and performed works by Joyce Trisler, Anna Sokolow, Daniel Nagrin, Max Stone, Pedro Ruiz, Mark Morris, Cherice Barton, Ruth Currier (through the Limon Foundation), and many others. Lauren is an ABT® Certified Teacher primary to level 5. She has taught all over the country for numerous schools and conventions such as: Broadway Dance Center, The Rockette Experience, New Dance Group, Oklahoma City University, SUNY Purchase College, McComb College, Dance Masters of America, Perry Mansfield, Arts Council of PA, NYCDA Summer Dance Intensive, Williams Syndrome foundation, and created and directed a dance program at the New York School for the Deaf.