Lauren Crawford, born in Australia, is a Northern Virginia based dancer, performing artist, choreographer and dance educator. She is trained in social styles of dance (Salsa, Bachata, Cha-cha, Merengue, and Swing) in addition to ballroom fundamentals (Waltz, Foxtrot, Argentine Tango, and Rumba).
She has worked with all ages and all skill levels to not only learn the steps of dancing, but to also build confidence, understand connection, teach dance/social etiquette, and encourage individual expression.
Lauren is the founder of RedSand Dance, a social dancing company that embraces community, culture and compassion. She has 14 years of choreography and instructor experience, with the most recent 6 years focusing on latin styles. In addition to running her own events, she actively teaches at other venues throughout D.C, MD and VA.
She continues to share her love of teaching dance through one-on-one private lessons. group classes, workshops, festivals and private events.
“Of all the life skills to know, nothing is more powerful than the ability to enjoy each other through dance... regardless of any differences between us.” -Lauren
Lauren's favorite secret weapon is her sweet & sassy sister, Leah. It doesn't matter if you've never danced before, or you're an elite dancer, these two girls have the ability to make you feel like you belong. When the sisters are together (which is all the time,) it's a guaranteed blast. Their Podcast *The SOCIAL Code* is witty, real, and a must to anyone who steps near the dance floor. It's all about social dance etiquette and gives a clear map on how to navigate the dance scene.