Scroll this timeline and journey through the life and career of Lauren Anderson. See how she has blazed a trail through dance to become an important part of American history.

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Photo: Geoff Winningham

August 30, 1983

Lauren joins the Houston Ballet.

December 1983

First Sugar Plum Fairy

1987

Lauren becomes a soloist for the Houston Ballet.

1989

First Sleeping Beauty

First Les Sylphide

1980's

1990

Lauren becomes Principle dancer for the Houston Ballet, making her the first African American Principle dancer of a major ballet house in the United States.

Wins Special Jury Award in IV USA International Ballet Competition, Jackson Mississippi.

1992

First Cinderella

September 1993

First Swan Lake

February 1994

Don Q (World Premiere)

1998

First Las Sylphide

1999

Appears on the cover of Dance Magazine (April).

Cleopatra (World Premiere)

1990's

Photo: Drew Donovan

Photo: Pam Frances

November 2000

Appears on the cover of People Magazine in an article titled, "Pigskin Pavlova".

2001

Appears on A&E's "Breakfast With The Arts".

Appears on game show, "To Tell the Truth".

April 30, 2003

Lauren's son, Lawrence is born.

2006

Lauren retires from the Houston Ballet.

2009

Lauren retires from dancing.

2000's

2016

Lauren's ballet shoes are inducted into the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

The City of Houston proclaims October 5, 2016 Lauren Anderson Day.

2017

Lauren receives the Texas Medal of Arts Award in Dance

2018

Lauren receives the Barbara Jordan Breaking Barriers Award.

Lauren appears in TUTS production of the Broadway musical “Memphis” in a walk-on-role.

2010's

Photo: Owen Conflenti

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