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 Skrabalak, Lauren   Name:  Lauren Suflita Skrabalak  
Title:  Adjunct Professor of Dance 
MFA in Dance (Performing Arts): University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BFA in Ballet (Performing and Teaching Emphases): University of Utah

Office:  115 Johnson Hall  
Ballet, Contemporary, Anatomy, and Pilates

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 with choreographers like Ze'eva Cohen, Emeritus Chair of Princeton University’s Dance Department, Tony nominated Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and former principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre Johan Renvall. 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, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and Johnson Theatre, 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, Washington & Jefferson College, McDaniel College, La Roche College, and now Winthrop University. Most recently, Skrabalak earned her MFA in Dance (Performing Arts) through the low-residency program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated Spring 2013 with honors. She resides in Charlotte with her husband and son, is on faculty for the Charlotte Ballet Academy, as well as teaches Pilates after becoming Mat certified by PowerHouse Pilates (PHI) over eleven years ago. Currently, Skrabalak is working towards her Pilates apparatus certification through Balanced Body University, and is an active Board Member for the Charlotte Dance Festival.
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