Lauren Archer is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After finishing her training at the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program, she spent one year in Richmond Ballet II before joining the professional company in 2014. When off the stage, Lauren creates fashion and lifestyle content for Felix & Flora. She has also started a flower business, Monarch Flower Farm, with fellow company dancer Cody Beaton.
Education & Training
Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program and Tulsa Ballet II
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
A career highlight was being featured in Pointe Magazine in their “Studio To Street” section for my fashion in & out of the studio.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
The Nutcracker and all of the costumes. I fell in love with the movement and the drama of the costumes, sets, and lights. Over the years in ballet, I’ve become obsessed with the technique and mastery of the steps. The daily challenge inspires me.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Tarantella, and Emilia in The Moor’s Pavane
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
Getting to pursue my passion of dancing and performing alongside a group of amazing friends
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love the trees! Also, Richmond has something for everyone and at every age.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
My fashion blog – Felix & Flora, working in my garden and arranging flowers, and spending time at home with my husband, our two cats, and dog
Our professional company is made up of elite dancers from around the world who have helped earn Richmond Ballet critical acclaim. Dance/USA says Richmond Ballet is “a jewel among U.S. dance companies,” while The Washington Post calls it “a company to which dance fans everywhere ought to pay attention.” We’re proud of all that our company dancers bring to Richmond, and the world.
Richmond Ballet II, our second performing company, is comprised of talented young dancers between the ages of 18 and 22. RBII members perform their own diverse repertoire on tour across the Commonwealth as well as alongside the main company in mainstage productions.
Founded in 1993, the nationally recognized Richmond Ballet Trainee Program offers select advanced students a transitional experience to bridge the gap between the academic ballet setting and the world of professional dance. The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program is one of the few in this country that enables aspiring dancers to pursue formal dance training and gain valuable performance experience with a professional company.
For over 40 years, Stoner Winslett has served as the founding Artistic Director of Richmond Ballet, the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is one of the longest tenured artistic directors of a major ballet company and one of the country’s few female artistic directors. In June 2020, acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong joined Richmond Ballet as its first ever Associate Artistic Director.
The Artistic Staff at Richmond Ballet is made up of international professionals who each bring incredible talent, expertise, and credentials to their respective roles. With impressive backgrounds and world experience, they offer a unique perspective that has helped shape our organization over the years.