Lauren Blair Smith Dance Company is a multidisciplinary, coming-of-age contemporary dance company based in Singapore with plans to expand to New York City and San Francisco. Our performances inspire and motivate audiences to spring up and take bold steps towards embracing one’s full potential in the arts and in life. Our motto, “let’s break standards” epitomizes our goal to revolutionize and destabilize typical approaches towards the conventional modern dance industry, both on stage and in the studios. Nurturing through educating the next generation is a tremendous aspect of that process towards embracing fresh methods and processes towards dance education. Don’t just dream it, do it. Let’s break boundaries. let's break standards.

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LAUREN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Lincoln Center, New York City, Kenan Fellowship Candidate (2021)

American Ballet Theater, ABT Certified Teacher

Lauren Blair Smith is our Artistic Director. Lauren founded the Company shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her passion for the performing arts has taken her across the world; from growing up in culturally-rich Singapore, to studying classical ballet in Italy, to sharpening her acting chops at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in the United States. While she finds contemporary dance her "home", Lauren also delves into musical theatre, ballet, jazz, tap improv, contact partnering, drama, vocals,  modeling, visual art, and film. She even trained in Bollywood dance for the filming of a reality TV dance competition, where she was the youngest contestant and placed as the top female dancer. Mentored by Ming-Lung Yang, Lauren's main focus is producing her unique-brand of choreography for the company's repertoire. She brings her grit, determination, and authenticity to nurture the next generation of young artists and looks forward to watching the Company soar.

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DANCERS

CHARLENE

 

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), NAFA scholarship, Diploma in Dance Programme

Charlene Clyde is a movement artist specialising in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and ballet. Her work combines dance, choreography and modelling in an attempt to study the limitless physical potential of the human body and its connection to movement to itself through improvisation. Starting her dance training at the age of three, Charlene fell in love with dance at the Attitude Performing Arts Studio in Singapore.  Charlene is a versatile dancer and has performed many works for the Esplanade Da:ns Festival. She has also been active in the competitive dance scene and has won numerous awards locally and internationally. Most particularly, Charlene attended dance intensives at the Batsheva Dance Company (Israel) and the East point West | Interdisciplinary Festival of Embodiment (Malaysia). 

RENEEJO EURIEL VILLAROSA LASCANO (EURIE)

EURIE

 

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Grant by the Singapore Ministry of Education)

Philippine High School for the Arts (Full scholarship), Outstanding Student Artist

 

Reneejo Euriel Villarosa Lascano (Eurie) worked with artists and choreographers such as Christina Chan, Ezekiel Oliviera, Jeffrey Tan, Dr. Filomar Tariao, Richard Chappell, Klievert Mendoza, Sandra Leong, and Lim Fei Shen. She participated in NAFA’s Overseas Immersion Program with Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, United Kingdom. Eurie was a Project Artist with Frontier Danceland and has performed pieces created by Keigo Nozaki and Low Mei Yoke. She participated at the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive 2019 where she received a full-scholarship offer. Eurie worked with Xenres Kirishima for his piece entitled “Tempest” premiered during “Up Side Right”, a double-bill production that focused on the inversion technique as sponsored by Singapore’s National Arts Council. She also performed for a *Scape Initiative film production still by the works of Xenres Kirishima entitled “Vessel” and will be launched in digital platforms on February 2021.

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KIMMIE

Taipei National University of the Arts, Ballet and Contemporary

School of the Arts Singapore

 

Kimmie Marie Cumming previously performed with Dance Company Nanine Linning in Germany and, as a Project Dancer, with T.H.E Dance Company and T.H.E Second Company. Kimmie was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Seoul International Dance Competition in Korea. Apart from dancing, Kimmie’s work, “The Current Situation”, a co-choreography with fellow classmate from Taipei National University received honourable mention in the Taiwan Dance Choreography Competition.

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MICHELLE

 

The Juilliard School, New York City, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

School of the Arts Singapore

Michelle V. Lim is a professional dancer, choreographer, and personal trainer and coaches other performers in contemporary dance and musical theatre. She began training as a dancer at the age of three and later competed in tennis and track before formalising her dance training. 

 

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ROMAINE

 

New Zealand School of Dance, Contemporary Major Programme

School of the Arts Singapore

 

Romaine Lee trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance and received tutelage from prominent dancers such as Ms. Silvia Yong and Ms. Yun Ying Foo.  Romaine performed in numerous venues over the past few years and competed in the Asian Grand Prix ballet competition which resulted in direct entry to NZSD.  With international pre-professional training and experience, Romaine is currently based in *SCAPEdance residency programme and is a ballet teacher for young children. Her focus is to combine her training in ballet and contemporary dance.