Laren Cavicchio is cross-trained in ballet, tap, modern contemporary, and jazz, and has continued her education in these genres for the last four decades. In the last two decades, along with keeping up with her own dance training, she has also pursued and obtained ongoing education in exercise science and kinesiology, and has added American Rhythm, Smooth, and Latin to her repertoire.
Laren opened the Continuous Dance Training program in 2018 to give dancers an opportunity to experience her unique and personalized teaching and coaching methods, carefully mastered for over 24 years, in a classroom and workshop-style setting. She is considered an expert in her field when it comes to technical training, and her holistic and integrated methods combine her education and experience in dance as well as her knowledge in exercise science to help dancers achieve their goals.
Laren prepares and develops dancers who achieve scholarships at dance conventions and national intensives, are further selected to perform as demonstrators, and who also earn high scores as well as recognition at regional and national competitions.
She also trains dancers who are not competing in the traditional competition circuit, but who wish to refine and advance their skills to perform better in classes and gain confidence in their skills should they choose to audition for color guard, winter guard, and dance team during high school and college.
Dancers who have trained with Laren have earned spots in dance programs and on dance teams at the University of Florida, State University of Florida, Central University of Florida, University of South Florida, and Alabama State University, and have earned partial or full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School, the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in Los Angeles. Her younger students have gone on to be invited to participate in the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet in Tampa.
As a choreographer, Laren has produced over 130 pieces encompassing different dance styles, and has produced and directed full-length productions of The Nutcracker while residing in Florida. She continues to choreograph for dancers who wish to compete at competitions and showcase their best skills during auditions, and continues to work as a guest educator, choreographer, and coach in Tampa Bay and Orlando.
Laren is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and its Florida Chapter, is certified in Ballet through Dance Masters of America, and is certified in health and fitness through the American Council on Exercise (NCCA-Accredited Certification). She is proud to be considered a leader in her field while representing movement and dance pedagogy.
Her undergraduate education came from professors at Stony Brook University (SUNY), and UMASS Amherst, where she learned about dance theory, history and technique, the Feldenkrais Method, Labanotation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, the Alexander Technique, the Stanislavski Method for actors, as well as psychology, childhood development, and business.
She also had a unique opportunity to be exposed to, and study, multiple ballet methodologies during college and after, which includes the French, Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, RAD, and ABT techniques. She completed her degree at UMASS Amherst while on full scholarship for talent and academic achievement, and graduated Cum Laude. Laren later achieved her MBA (also Cum Laude), and used her knowledge to help small businesses achieve and sustain their goals.
In addition to her professional experience, Laren believes strongly in philanthropic work and has volunteered over 350 hours at dance magnet schools, senior centers, and local animal shelters. She is active in fundraising and supports community. If you belong to a cause that needs a little help, email her directly or use the email button on this screen or for general inquiries!