Born in Harare (Zimbabwe), Lauren Anne Murray completed her tertiary dance education at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During her training she received the Finlay and the Dame Peggy van Pragh Award. During this time she also studied at the Houston Ballet School and at the Hong Kong Dance Academy as part of an exchange program. Lauren was a semi-finalist at the Genée International Ballet Competition in Hong Kong and was selected to participate in the “Hong Kong Dance Festival 2006” performing Mauro Bigonzetti’s “Kazimir’s Colours” (Pas de deux). After completing her training she continued to train with the Youth Ballet of Western Australia under the direction of Sonya Shepherd.
Subsequently she then went onto dance at the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, the West Australian Ballet and then joined the Staatsballett Hannover from 2012 to 2019 as a soloist under the direction of Joerg Mannes.
Lauren also engaged with several independent choreographers and artists in the educational and the independent dance scene in Germany to make dance more accessible for varying members of the population. These included performances in smaller cities and other venues as well as educational classes for adults over the age of forty five and a school project for under privileged children. Lauren has always been passionate about exposing as much of the community to dance and making it accessible to everyone.
Whilst performing Lauren supplemented her dance conditioning with the wholistic Gyrotonic® method which has assisted her performance career, lifestyle and teaching. Her passion for this movement method and its benefits lead her to becoming a certified trainer in the Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® methods.