2012-13 Luvabulls: Meet Lauren
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
It is an honor to be member of the Luvabulls and part of the Bulls organization. The Luvabulls are talented and driven women. I am proud to dance with them and cheer on the Bulls.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
I started dancing when I was three years old. I knew from the moment I first hit the stage dance was going to be a huge part of my life. I trained in ballet, tap, modern, pointe, lyrical, African, swing, hip hop, and contemporary (you name it!). At Northwestern I danced with the NU Varsity Dance Team and performed with the dance department. When I began my career in non-profits I had no intention of quitting dance. Now I have the opportunity to continue dancing for the best team in the NBA!
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
The Northwestern Dance Team named a sideline routine after me. I must have left an impression.
What do you do for a living?
I work with finance for a non-profit organization. I process grant payments for global humanitarian service projects.
Describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game.
I’ll never forget performing at my first playoff game. The energy of the crowd is unreal. From the moment you step on the court, you can feel the excitement all around you. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
My parents were always very supportive of me. I can’t begin to count the number of nights my mom stayed up late to sew sequins on my costumes or the number of hours my dad spent driving me to rehearsals and dance competitions. They have always inspired me to work hard and never forget what I’m passionate about.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Every week I work with incredible individuals who are organizing sustainable development projects across the world. Within the first few weeks at my current job, I helped process a grant providing nearly 100 new water wells for people in Sierra Leone. Clean water has a direct link to disease prevention and infant/maternal mortality rates. I am thankful to have been a small part of this project, and it’s definitely one of my proudest achievements. In ten years I hope I continue to find ways make a greater impact on global development.