Lauren Winslow Kearns is a tenured Professor of Dance, the Associate Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, the Coordinator of the B.F.A. Dance Performance and Choreography and the B.S. Dance Science Programs, the architect of the B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, and the co-designer of the B.S. Dance Science degree at Elon. She is a collaborative artist and scholar, specializing in choreography, performance, somatic theories and applications, and innovative pedagogical strategies. Her research interests include the application of somatic theories to dance training and performance, the creative and aesthetic implications of somatic practices, and the utilization of autobiography and multimedia in contemporary dance. Her creative research focuses on choreographing dynamic and athletic concert dance and multimedia theatrical events. She is a published scholar and is currently writing a book entitled "Somatics in Action: A Mindful and Physical Conditioning Tool for Movers" that will be published by Handspring Publishing in 2017. Please click here to view her Google Scholar Profile. Kearns has presented her Somatic research at national and international conferences and has also taught master classes, workshops, and mini-residencies throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Kearns teaches Senior Seminar in Dance, Modern III-VI, Choreography I-II, Somatic Theories I-II, Special Topics in Dance, Advanced Yoga, Theory and Philosophy, Dance Departmental, mentors undergraduate creative and dance science research, including two Lumen Scholars, and has taught collaboratively in the Elon Honors Program. She is also the co-director of the Elon Dance Program Company, the university's pre-professional dance company. Prior to her appointment at Elon, she was a tenured faculty member and Director of Dance at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California from 1999-2006. She taught all levels of modern, ballet, jazz, yoga, production and choreography, and was credited with designing and implementing the program's comprehensive lower-division dance and somatics curriculum.
In addition to her academic career, Kearns is the artistic director of The Kearns Dance Project, a professional modern dance company based in North Carolina. The company has performed throughout the northeast as well as Europe. Please visit the company's website to learn more about the company's mission, upcoming performances, workshops, and projects. She has choreographed more than 55 professionally produced dance pieces nationally and internationally. Her work has been produced by Bijlokesite, the Unique Center of Ghent, Belgium; La Manufacture Dance Centre, Aurillac France; Movement Research Center, NYC; Highways Performance Space, LA; the North Carolina Dance Festival; New York Dance on Camera Festival; Changshu, China, city government; Brand Library Dance Series, LA; Spectrum Dance Series, LA; Dance Under the Stars Festival, Palm Desert, CA; Los Angeles County Arts open House; Caught Between: Dancing for Camera and Live Audience, Hollywood, CA; Festival of New Dance and Performance, LA; Haugh Performing Arts Center; California Choreographers Festival; Dance Moving Forward Festival, LA; and Fountain Theatre Festival of Solos and Duets, Hollywood, CA. "Everywhere I Look" (2004), Kearns' second dance video, is part of the permanent collection at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York City. As a performer, Kearns dance in the works of New York choreographers Cara Gargano, Cathy Zimmerman, Deborah Glaser and Janis Brenner, and Los Angeles choreographers Kiha Lee and Ming NG. She received her Screen Actors Guild card for her principal work in a national commercial. Kearns has received over 36 grants, fellowships, and awards to support her artistic and scholarly projects.
Kearns holds an M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance and an M.A. in Dance Education and Theory from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts (honors) with a specialization in Dance from Long Island University. She holds certifications in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Alignment Based Hatha Yoga, and Classical Pilates (mat through equipment). Kearns is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500-hour level and is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.