Lauren Melancon, faculty member, grew up dancing and today continues to pursue her passion of dance through sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students. Lauren received her minor in dance in addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, Indiana and spent a year training at Grand Valley State University under the direction of Jefferson Baum. Lauren recently returned to South Bend after spending 7 years in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2010, she stepped into the role of Co-Owner of DancEast, a new, but rapidly expanding studio in East Nashville. In 2011, Lauren founded the DancEast Workshop, a youth workshop devoted to engaging and exposing young dancers to the art of dance and to help cultivate their lifelong passion for dance and art through classes, performances opportunities, and community engagement. She served as the Director of the Workshop from 2011-2015. Lauren remains engaged with her Nashville dancers and returns as a guest instructor whenever possible. She’s worked with students of all ages in multiple dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Lauren is honored to part of the Southold faculty and is delighted to have an opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of dancers and distinguished faculty.