Lauren Suflita Skrabalak
Lauren Suflita Skrabalak graduated cum laude and earned her BFA in Ballet (Performing and Teaching Emphases) from the University of Utah in 2002. While on scholarship, her undergraduate performing career included a guest artist role with Ballet West and dancing with the Utah Ballet. This allowed for an opportunity to travel abroad to Taipei, Taiwan performing a soloist role in Balanchine's famed ballet Concerto Barocco. She also danced on the Medals Plaza stage during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. After graduation, Skrabalak danced professionally, choreographed and taught for Bodiography Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh. As a principal dancer, she was privileged to have worked for choreographers like Ze'eva Cohen, Emeritus Chair of Princeton University's Dance Department, Tony nominated Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Johan Renvall, former principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. During her seven year stay with the company, she was promoted to Rehearsal Director as well as the Assistant Director of the conservatory. Her works have appeared at the Byham Theater, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and she has extended her teaching talents to the following schools: University of Utah, Point Park University, Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, plus Washington & Jefferson and McDaniel College. Currently, Skrabalak resides with her husband in Charlotte, NC where she is on faculty for the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance and teaches Pilates in local studios after becoming certified by PowerHouse Pilates (PHI) nearly eight years ago.