Lauren R. Newton
Irish Step Dance
Fascinated by videos of Michael Flatley performing in Lord of the Dance, five year-old Lauren endeavored to teach herself how to Irish step dance—breaking a cabinet in the process. Though barely half Irish in heritage, Lauren’s family embraced her newfound obsession with a foreign competitive dance form and found a studio nearby in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, thereby allowing Lauren’s lifelong love affair with Irish dance to begin.
Lauren trained at the Murphy Irish Arts Center in Cleveland, Ohio for 12 years, competing regionally in the Mid-America division. Lauren qualified as member of the 2009 World Championships of Irish Dance, which were held in the United States for the first time in history. As member of the World team, Lauren placed in the top ten in the Dance Drama category and top 12 in Team Choreography.
Though now retired from competition, Lauren began coaching while at Murphy Irish Arts with a focus on beginners as young as four. Lauren also frequently taught summer Irish dance classes for Broad Horizons camps at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, OH.
While completing a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, Lauren served as head manager of Division I Men’s Basketball. She also taught an Irish Dance elective at Lusher Charter School and privately coached individual dancers of all ages and competition levels. Lauren’s classes are both technical and engaging and will leave students dancing down the hallway at home.
Lauren holds an M.A. in Sustainability from Wake Forest University and a LEED Green Associate accreditation. She lives and works in Durham.