Lauren Edson, originally from Boise, Idaho began her training at Ballet Idaho Academy and Westside Dance Academy. She continued her formal studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. She is currently in her third season dancing with Trey McIntyre Project and has been featured in several of Trey's most recent works including, “Bad Winter,” “Oh! Inverted World,” “Arrantza” and “Shape.” Her past professional experiences include: Bodyvox, Hubbard Street 2, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. While based in Portland, Oregon she established herself as one of the most sought after local choreographers. Edson recently won the Great Works Dance Project Choreography Prize, a National Choreography Competition affiliated with Western Michigan University. Her work, “Foreground” was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in May 2012 as part of the National College Dance Festival. Edson was selected to participate in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011 and 2010 Seattle, affiliated with the Joyce Theatre, one of New York City’s major dance presenters. In 2009, she won the Northwest Dance Project's first annual Pretty Creative’s International Choreographic competition. She has recently been named Artist in Residence at Mystic Ballet in Mystic, CT and commissioned by Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI), Opera Idaho (ID) and Polaris Dance Theatre (OR) to create work for their upcoming seasons. In addition, her work has been featured at the American Dance Guild Festival in NY, Idaho Dance Theatre, Conduit: Charged, Ten Tiny Dances, Aerial Without Limits, Northwest Dance Project, American College Dance Festival, Regional Dance America, DROP Dance Collective, Fusion Dance Company, Balance Dance Company and Coriolis Dance Collective, to name a few. She has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Idaho Commission on the Arts, recognizing her achievements in choreography.