Lauren Alzamora received her Pilates mat and full equipment certification from the Kane School in 2004. Also a professional dancer, she graduated from the high school dance department of UNC School of the Arts in 2001 and has been performing in the U.S. and abroad ever since. She has also danced with Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech and Battery Dance Company in New York. She also was a member of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for five years. While in Aspen, Lauren took the Foundation I Course in the GYROTONIC® Exercise Method, which she finds to be a wonderful compliment to the Pilates training. Lauren was also a dancer with Ballet Hispanico for 5 years. She recently became Balanced Body MOTR™(More Than a Roller) Faculty. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the Barefoot Tiger team where she can share her passion for alignment and mindful movement.
Pilates Mat and Equipment Certification (Kane School of Core Integration, 2004), Apprentice in GYROTONIC®, Pilates Teacher Trainer at Kane School (CEC), FAMI workshop (Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries, July 2011), Balanced Body MOTR™ Faculty (May 2014)
Pilates, “Yogalates,” Classical Ballet/Contemporary Dance, dynamic strength, functional exercise, flexibility, Self-Myofascial release, challenging the mind-body connection, developing body awareness, barefoot training, balance training, MOTR™, injury prevention/recovery.
Where is your favorite place to spend a day off?
The beach!!! I can spend entire days lounging in the sand and sun and frolicking in the waves. I suppose it brings me back to my childhood, spending long summers at the beach with my family. Perhaps one of my favorite beaches I’ve visited in my adult life is the Nepali Coast of Kauai. Clear blue water, rocky cliffs, coral reefs, hidden waterfalls – there is no place like it! I especially love to practice Pilates and yoga on the beach in between bouts of sunbathing. The sand is great for practicing handstands because you can fall as much as you want. Walking barefoot in sand is also wonderful for the brain and the body.
What is something people would probably like to know about you?
As a professional dancer, I have had the opportunity to perform and travel all over the world. Some of the countries I have had the pleasure of visiting include: Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Greece, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Australia. On some of these world tours I taught Pilates mat class, oftentimes without a single English-speaking person in attendance – these are the times when clear demonstration comes in handy.
What traits in others are you attracted to?
I admire a person who is humble – no matter what they accomplish themselves, they are not concerned with getting credit for it or flaunting their success. I feel that true greatness is accompanied by humility. Selflessness and compassion are two other beautiful qualities that I admire in others and try to cultivate within myself and in my life.
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be and who would it be with?
I would probably go back to Santorini (the Greek island). A few years ago I went with some of my best girlfriends that I was dancing with at the time. We stayed on the busy south coast, where the black sand beaches are. We drove four-wheelers around the island, and drove on the cliff sides as the sun was setting. It was one of the most memorable and liberating experiences I have had, so far removed from my life in New York. I have never been so excited by the freedom and beauty of a particular place.
When was the last time you cried laughing and why?
This is one of my favorite things about life – that uncontrollable laughter where you can’t breathe and the tears stream down. Lucky for me, this just happened the other day, at a family gathering. It’s one of those things where you just had to be there….. So I won’t attempt to describe what happened. It was so silly.
What do you do in your free time?
Yoga, knitting, cat-napping, dancing, Pilates, GYROTONIC, brushing up on anatomy, going to the theater, wine tasting, word games, staying in touch with friends and family who live far away, meditating and laughing loud.