Lauren Difede was born in St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but has primarily grown up in Houston, TX. She began dancing at 8 years old at North Harris Performing Arts in Spring, TX and is grateful for her versatile training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap. Lauren graduated from the dance department at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and was awarded Honorable Mention in modern dance from the National Arts Competition during her senior year. She then received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Lauren has danced for Revolve Dance Company (Houston, TX), Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (Houston, TX), Untitled Collective (NYC), Infinite Movement Ever Evolving (Miami, FL), and is currently a dancer with the Island Moving Company. She has also had the privilege to work and train with notable choreographers from all over the world including Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, Marco Goecke, Natalia Horenca, Maurice Causey, Priscilla Nathan Murphy, and Fred Strobel. Lauren provides instruction in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap in ages 3-adult and is currently teaching at Newport Academy of Ballet, Salve Regina University, Rosemary’s School of Dance Education, and Ballet Prestige.