Lauren Bodenheimer is in her fourth season with Ballet Arkansas. She has danced the lead roles in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Glinka Pas de Trois, Gerald Arpino‘s Birthday Variations, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Kiyon Gaines’ Bolero, and Melody Mennite’s Ana. Other recent roles include in Kiyon Gaines‘ Memoryhaus, Ilya Kozadeyev’s e (Motions), Chris Stuart’s Under The Lights-Concert Version, Hilary Wolfley‘s Façade, the 2014 Visions Competition winner, Greg Sample’s Rerouting and Tom Ruud‘s Mobile. She has also danced in Michael Bearden’s Simpatico, Shayla Bott‘s Instantly Interruptible, Leslie Schickel’s Delta Push Up Open, and Darrell Grand-Moultrie‘s Moultrie’s Spring. Lauren performed Moultrie‘s Spring with Ballet Arkansas in the St. Louis Spring Into Dance Festival. Before joining Ballet Arkansas, Lauren began her professional performance experience with Ballet Memphis. There, she performed in productions of Steven McMahon’s Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet, Travis Bradley‘s Sleeping Beauty, and Mark Godden’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and What Can I Tell My Bones?. She joined Ballet West as a trainee and danced in performances of Aladdin, Don Quixote, and The Little Mermaid. While there she was also a part of the Ballet West for Children Outreach Program. She has trained at various summer intensives including Boston Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, ABT, Ballet West, and The Rock School. In 2012 and 2013, Lauren danced as a guest artist in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. As a guest artist for Tupelo Ballet in 2014, she performed the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. Lauren was born in Budapest, Hungary but claims Oxford, Mississippi as her hometown.