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.
through the years
Photo: Geoff Winningham
August 30, 1983
Lauren joins the Houston Ballet.
First Sugar Plum Fairy
Lauren becomes a soloist for the Houston Ballet.
First Sleeping Beauty
First Les Sylphide
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.
First Swan Lake
Don Q (World Premiere)
First Las Sylphide
Appears on the cover of Dance Magazine (April).
Cleopatra (World Premiere)
Photo: Drew Donovan
Photo: Pam Frances
Appears on the cover of People Magazine in an article titled, "Pigskin Pavlova".
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.
Lauren retires from the Houston Ballet.
Lauren retires from dancing.
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.
Lauren receives the Texas Medal of Arts Award in Dance
Lauren receives the Barbara Jordan Breaking Barriers Award.
Lauren appears in TUTS production of the Broadway musical “Memphis” in a walk-on-role.
Photo: Owen Conflenti
Inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
Lauren Anderson Young Dancer Scholarship Fund.
Debut of Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson.
Lauren Anderson Dance Studio at Ucross.