I recently had the opportunity to ask Lauren Zimmermann some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Lauren is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was six, but didn’t start seriously training until I was about 12
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently train at International Ballet Academy in Kirkland, WA
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for 7 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Suffolk Spotlights
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet when my mom brought me to my first class and I fell in love with it
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is the second Odalisque variation and Gamzatti Temple Variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would absolutely love to dance for Staatsballett Berlin
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment was being at the Royal Ballet School summer programme because the training was amazing and it was so inspiring to be in the studios where so many wonderful dancers trained
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models are Carla Körbes, Marianela Nuñez, and Sarah Lamb
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to work with my body’s natural ability rather than fight with it and to be more confident in those abilities
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I really like to hike, do yoga, and spend time with my friends when I’m not dancing