Lauren is a Bay Area native. She began training in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and tap dance styles as a pre-teen and has been a dance instructor, choreographer, and performer for thirteen years. Her current choreography is a fusion of hip hop and contemporary styles. Whether Lauren's creating dramatic moments to relate a story, putting together a piece that's just high energy and fun, or signing up a new student for one of her classes, it's evident that dance fuels her passion for life.
In 2004, Lauren founded Montage Dance Productions and produced her first dance showcase. Since then, her events have evolved into productions that
attract over 500 dancers and feature guest performers who have placed at international competitions and appeared on television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent, America's Best Dance Crew, and Glee. Quest, Academy of Villains, Mix'd Elements, Funkanometry, Club House, and other renowned dance companies have brought their incredible talent to the Montage stage.
In 2014, Lauren opened Montage Dance Studio in Willow Glen, which was an ambition of hers since she was a young dancer and one of the many dreams she has been able to manifest into reality. She believes in giving back to the community and does so by participating in fundraisers and public events throughout the year. Biennially, her volunteer efforts are focused on a Montage hosted Dinner and Dance Showcase Fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
In her early career, Lauren appeared in her first professional stage production as one of the lead tap dancers in “A Woman, A Gift”, a tap and ballet musical. She was a member of Elemental Remix, an all-female dance company, and was invited to join the renowned Funkanometry San Francisco Dance Company. She continues to perform as a Funknometry SF alumina at their annual SockHop fundraiser. Montage has been honored to have Emerson Aquino, founder of Funknometry SF, as a guest judge at our several of our urban competitions.
Lauren lived in Los Angeles for several years to continue her dance training with seasoned dance instructors and further her career in the entertainment industry. She was a member of the award-winning dance company Disruption and performed in music videos and stage productions. An experience that remains close to Lauren's heart was her position as dance instructor and choreographer at Performing Arts Studio West, which is an extraordinary non-profit educational institution that offers a performing arts curriculum and career management support in the entertainment industry for developmentally disabled adults. The warmth shared with her students was a very special time in her career, and her exposure to all aspects of managing live events and video production has been invaluable in her own business ventures.
After her LA journey and a short stay in Seattle, Lauren moved back to the Bay Area and quickly resumed teaching fulltime, performing, and producing Montage events. She continues to travel to LA and Seattle to teach, perform, and maintain her dance and entertainment relationships. For several years, Lauren was the choreographer and backup dancer to Radio Disney singer/song writer, Amber Lily. She traveled and performed with Amber on stage and in music videos. In 2012, Amber was chosen as a competitor for the reality show X-Factor. Lauren was flown to Miami as Amber's chaperone and hair/makeup artist for the Boot Camp portion of the competition. Currently she is a talent coach for local artist , Johnny Maxwell, and developes choreography for his music videos and concerts.
Like many artistic people, Lauren is multi-talented, and she's always adding other creative endeavors to her list of accomplishments. In addition to producing events and managing her dance studio, Lauren produces music videos and she is a very talented photographer. Foremost, though, Lauren's primary focus remains on dance and the amazing people and experiences that dance has brought into her life.
Amber Lily Video - Don't Know What To Do
Lauren Hoskins - Choreographer and Backup Dancer