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Lauren Smith
Junior, Dance
Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith was introduced to Alabama State University by her cousin, an ASU student who told her about the annual Department of Theatre Arts summer program, Camp 3T.

The Jacksonville, Fla., native earned a scholarship to attend ASU; she is a junior dance major and a member of the Eclectic Dance Company.

Smith says she is proud to be among the first students to enroll in ASU’s BFA in Dance program, which officially began in the fall of 2013. Being part of a new legacy at ASU is exciting, Smith added.

“It’s an honor. It’s great because we are seeing the program grow,” Smith said. “We will be able to come back and say, ‘We started this; we were the first to be a part of it.’”

Smith also will be able to say that she made history for the program. As a freshman, she and fellow dance student Jaylon Givan were selected to represent the South Region of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) in June of 2014 at the prestigious Kennedy Center.

Smith, who got her start as a gymnast, said when she began taking dance classes “it just stuck.” She describes what she enjoys most about dance as being able to “move people without using your words.”

While ASU’s rich history and the new dance program are what attracted Smith, she says the diverse yet unified body of students is what she enjoys the most about the University.

Smith also enjoys attending University convocations because they showcase the school pride among students, alumni, faculty and administration.

When she is not in the classroom or the dance studio, Smith enjoys reading, the outdoors and hanging out with friends.

She hopes to one day join a dance company specializing in either modern or African dance, and she would love to experience working as a cruise ship dancer.

Smith says her professors are preparing her to achieve success by challenging her and demanding the very best.

“Our dance professors are great. Dr. Coleman (chair of the Theatre Arts Department) did an amazing job selecting them as teachers,” said Smith. “We are all excited about where program is going. They push us because they want all of us to excel in our own areas.”




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