Houston Ballet principal dancer announced she is calling it quits. Lauren Anderson said on the FOX 26 morning news show Tuesday she has been dancing since the age of 7. She says now at the age of 41 in the ballet world she’s considered grandma. The Nutcracker will be her last performance which ends December 27th. Here’s a look at Anderson’s biography:
Native Houstonian Lauren Anderson trained exclusively at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer. Ms. Anderson has danced leading roles in numerous classical ballets. Her repertoire also includes works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka, and Trey McIntyre. Ms. Anderson created the title role in Ben Stevenson’s Cleopatra, and her performance as Cleopatra received accolades from international critics. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York TimesThe Boston Globe pronounced her “a powerhouse in interpreting the role that Stevenson created on her.” Ms. Anderson has performed across the world as a guest artist, appearing in New York, Chile, Moscow, and Chicago. In April 1999, Ms. Anderson was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She has also been featured in the magazines People and Pointe, as well as on the television programs “A & E Breakfast With the Arts,” “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and the game show, “To Tell the Truth.” Ms. Anderson is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has also been honored by the Urban League and by the Delta Gamma Foundation. She is married to jazz saxophonist Kyle Turner. Ms. Anderson and Mr. Turner are the proud parents of Lawrence Bell Fitzgerald Turner.