Lauren Chen was inducted to the world of dancing at the age of 3 at her local Youth Club in Guangzhou, China. By the time she was admitted to the Guangdong Dance Academy at the age of 12, she was already a seasoned dancer performing solos and leads for her school and the dance club she belonged. At the Academy, she underwent a six-year regiment of training for professional ballerinas. Upon graduation in 1999, she was recruited by one of the top ballet troupes in China, the Guangdong Ballet Company, where she did over 100 performances a year of classical repertoires such as “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, and ballet interpretations of “Butterfly Lovers”, “Yellow River”. She went on tours with the Company to Taiwan, USA.
Between 2001 and 2006, Lauren Chen accepted a full scholarship from the Goh Ballet Academy here in Vancouver to further her quest for the perfection of ballet performance. As part of her graduate studies, she spent considerable time on other dance forms such as contemporary, jazz, street, Broadway, learning first hand from masters who regularly teach at the Goh Ballet.