(31) Lauren Fadeley, Miami City Ballet Soloist

Posted by on 01.30.2017

This week we welcome Miami City Ballet soloist, Lauren Fadeley.  After completing a year of training at SAB, Lauren was asked by Peter Martins to join New York City Ballet at the age of 16.  After two years with the company, Lauren decided to pursue a higher education at Indiana University.  She danced throughout college and graduated  with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an outside field in Kinesiology.  In 2007, Lauren went on the join the Pennsylvania Ballet where she rose through the ranks to Principal.  In 2016, she made another career change and joined Miami City Ballet as a Soloist.  Today we talk with Lauren about her unique career path, her college education, especially her time working with Balanchine Ballerina, Violet Verdy, and ask her advice for young dancers looking to choose between college and a professional career in dance.  As Lauren proves, sometimes you don’t have to choose.


  1. Hello Rebecca King and Michael Sean Breeden, I just discovered this podcast because I’m a huge Lauren Fadeley (and Francis Veyette) fan from their time at PA Ballet. I really enjoyed listening to this episode and all the interesting tidbits that emerged. I also went back to your archive and listened to episode 4, from last July, where you talk about the big transition that happened at PA Ballet. I was fascinated to hear that when MCB was looking for a new director, the dancers wrote letters to the Board, and their voices were heard. I don’t think the PAB dancers did the same thing. Arguably, PAB is no longer a Balanchine company, even though Balanchine works are still an integral part of the pieces performed there. Does that make sense? What I mean is that at PAB, the company style is no longer uniformly Balanchine style, and the natural pipeline for dancers is no longer through SAB. Before the transition to the new artistic director, I would have said that Balanchine’s spirit was most evident in NYCB, PAB, and MCB. Now, I feel like NYCB and MCB are the standard bearers for Balanchine ethos. If you’re like me, you keep an eye on what other companies are doing – Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest, etc. I would love to hear your perspective on Balanchine’s legacy in terms of ballet companies.

    • Bryan-

      Thank you so much for writing in. We love Lauren and Fran as well and are so happy to have them here in Miami with us. Thank you for your kind words on our podcast. We hope you will subscribe and enjoy our future content. We appreciate your support! (And yes, that all makes sense!)


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