Lyrical/Contemporary is a style of jazz that concentrates on technical fluidity and personal display of emotions and feelings. Dancers are given the opportunity to explore the lyrics and incorporate them into movement thus expressing their own individuality. Class begins with a warm-up which focuses on technique, coordination, and flexibility. Warm-up is followed by either progressions across the floor or straight to a combination which chains movement in a longer sequence.
Lauren Reins is a dance educator, choreographer and the founder of Motivation in Movement, a mindset training program, and wellness coaching practice for dancers. She has been a dancer for over 30 years. She grew up in Portland, OR where she trained at various studios in jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. When she was 18 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in dance. She graduated from The Edge Performing Arts scholarship program, and went on to dance professionally for a decade doing various television, film, stage, and commercial dance jobs. She then went on to get her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, as she started her teaching and choreography career. She has been teaching and choreographing now for over a decade. She also became a certified wellness and enneagram coach, and opened Motivation in Movement.
Her mission is to connect with as many dancers as possible through the art of dance, mindset training and self exploration practices. To co-create a space where vulnerability is celebrated, and therefore unlocks authentic performance onstage and in life. To help each dancer embrace their own story, and ultimately find confidence in who they are as humans. “My hope is that through training the whole dancer, body, heart, and mind, they are able to experience the love, light, and unique artistic self expression that dance has to offer.