This week we welcome Miami City Ballet soloist, Lauren Fadeley. After completing a year of training at SAB, Lauren was asked by Peter Martins to join New York City Ballet at the age of 16. After two years with the company, Lauren decided to pursue a higher education at Indiana University. She danced throughout college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an outside field in Kinesiology. In 2007, Lauren went on the join the Pennsylvania Ballet where she rose through the ranks to Principal. In 2016, she made another career change and joined Miami City Ballet as a Soloist. Today we talk with Lauren about her unique career path, her college education, especially her time working with Balanchine Ballerina, Violet Verdy, and ask her advice for young dancers looking to choose between college and a professional career in dance. As Lauren proves, sometimes you don’t have to choose.