Lauren Baznik



Lauren was born in Naperville, Illinois where she trained until she was 17 years old. She competed in the final round of Youth America Grand Prix in New York City where she accepted a scholarship to the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany. After, she studied, and later graduated, from the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo, Monaco. She then worked three seasons with Ballet Zurich in Switerzland. She toured worldwide with the company as well as danced in galas in both Biella and Venice, Italy. She also competed and was a finalist in the Varna Internation Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. On her return back to America, she danced a season with the Charlotte Ballet before retiring to attend culinary school. Lauren is currently pursuing a career as a pastry chef in addition to dance education.

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