Houston Ballet ballerina visits GECHS/Austin
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

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Houston Ballet ballerina Lauren Anderson visits Galveston Early College and Austin Magnet School

Galveston Early College High School and Austin Middle School recieved a visit from one of the premiere dancers in Texas this week.

Lauren Anderson rose to national attention when she became the first African-American to become a principal ballerina for a major dance company, the Houston Ballet. A native Houstonian, Ms. Anderson first began to study ballet at the age of seven, and she went on to have a professional dance career that spanned 25 years, which is unheard of in the world of ballet. Although she has is no longer performing with the Houston Ballet, she has not hung up her toe shoes. Ms. Anderson now serves as an outreach associate in the Houston Ballet's education department.

As an outreach associate, Ms. Anderson travels to different schools to promote her message of hard work and discipline. She shares of her love of dance with students and encourages students to be fearless in their pursuit of their dreams, no matter if it seems impossible.

She chatted with students at both schools about her job and her background on her way to being a talent for the Houston Ballet.


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