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Lauren Grant, honored with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for her career with the Mark Morris Dance Group, has danced with MMDG since 1996, appearing in nearly 70 of Morris' works. In addition to staging Morris' repertory on his company and at universities, Grant teaches ballet and modern technique for numerous professional dance companies and schools around the globe and is an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University. Her writing has been published in the journal Dance Education in Practice, Ballet Review, Dance Magazine, and InfiniteBody. She also serves as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. Grant earned her MFA in Dance from MSU (where she was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society) and her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a recipient of the prestigious American Association of University Women Career Development Grant, the Sono Osato Scholarship for Graduate Studies, and the Caroline Newhouse Grant—all in support of her scholarly pursuits. Originally from Highland Park, IL, she lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband David Leventhal (former MMDG dancer and current Dance for PD® Program Director) and their son.