Student Spotlight! – Lauren Louis

What companies/classes are you currently in?

I’m in the Jazzcat company dancing in Ocean and Marlboro.


When did you start at Center Stage?

I started dancing at Center Stage back in summer 2013.


Do you remember your first dance routine?

One of my first dance routines was choreographed by Tori Moots and it was a lyrical number to Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne.


What was your Center Stage journey?

My Center Stage journey was a heart-warming, comfortable path to create a family & a second home for myself. I grew so much as a person & dancer.


Why has it been worth all of the energy you’ve put in to it and the sacrifices you’ve made?

It has been worth it to put all the energy and commitment because I love dancing and expressing myself. The sacrifices I have made only made me progress each and everyday.


Do you do other activities outside of school?

Yes, I, also, am a cheerleader at Neptune High School.


You do a lot of assisting.  What have you learned from assisting?

I learned that I enjoy working with kids and teaching them what I love doing.


If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be?

I would have dinner with Misty Copeland because she’s such an inspiring, hardworking woman. I would love to learn about her journey.


What makes Lauren Louis so fierce?

Committing to a character, and just going for it no matter what anyone says or thinks. Trying your absolute best can make you as fierce as me.


If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

If I were an animal I would be bird because I want to fly.


Favorite food?

My favorite food is shrimp.


First celebrity crush?

My first celebrity crush would have to be Justin Bieber.


TV Show you’re embarrassed to admit you used to watch?

I’m obsessed with watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.


When do you remember laughing the hardest?

I remember laughing really hard at this video I found on Twitter.


To whom do you want to give a shout-out?

I want to give a shoutout to Krystle Russell. I love her & she made my years at Center Stage so memorable and fun.


What’s next?

I plan on graduating in June and continue my school & dance education at Montclair State University this September.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself working as a psychologist or psychiatrist while, also, teaching dance classes to young children as a side job.


Will you come back to visit Center Stage, or are you gone for good when you’re out the door?

Of course I will visit Center Stage, this is my second home forever and always.