LAUREN GIBBS BURGESS
Lauren is the Owner and President of TJS and River Cities Dance Company in Greenup, KY. The studio is one of the largest on the East Coast enrolling 500-750 students specializing in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical, Tumbling and Cheerleading. Lauren was a State Champion Junior Olympic Gymnast and a National Champion Dancer in Solos and Lines. She holds many Regional and National Dance titles as well as being a Principal Ballet Dancer with the River Cities Dance Co performing “Sugar Plum Fairy”, “Snow Queen” and other soloist roles in the production of The Nutcracker. She has dance training in Ballet en Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop.
She earned various dance scholarships to schools including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, The ROCK School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and School of American Ballet, Pointe Park, Ballet Met and Governor’s School for the Arts of KY. Lauren has training in the Balanchine method of ballet from The ROCK School of PA Ballet where she trained under professionals such as Miquel Campaneria and Laura Alonso of the National Ballet Academy of Cuba. She also received dance scholarships to various colleges and universities such as Mercyhurst University, Radford University and Pointe Park University.
Lauren was a two-time Swimsuit winner at the Miss Kentucky Pageant and was also Runner up to Miss Kentucky. She has two Master’s Degrees in Instructional Administration and Education. Lauren resides in Bellefonte, KY with her husband Joda, and their four kids Jaxon, Reagan, Ryder and Remington.