City Dance Theatre
Lauren began her training at City Dance Theatre at the age of four. During her 14 years at the studio, she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip-hop. She was a performing company member for seven years and competed for seven years at various competitions around Oregon winning several awards.
After graduating high school, Lauren traveled to LA where she trained for three months at Millennium Dance Complex, The Edge Performing Arts Center and The Athletic Garage. During her time there she learned many more styles of dance including Salsa, House, Street Jazz and was taught cardio, conditioning, and barre workouts. After returning, Lauren was given the opportunity to teach at City Dance Theatre. During her time teaching she also choreographed for Releve Performing Company and McNary High School’s Legally Blonde The Musical. During her first year of teaching at CDT, she danced for the Portland Steel Arena Football team, which sparked her interest in the professional dance team world.
After a short hiatus from teaching to finish school, Lauren graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Health and Fitness with a focus in physical activity and exercise.
Additional accomplishments include dancing in Goldfoot’s first music video “Feel Like Dancing.” She has choreographed for the Silverton High School Dance Team for four years. In Portland, Lauren was a part of Mix’d Dance company for two years and a member of the Rosebuds Dance Team for five years, two of which she was a Captain.
In addition to teaching at City Dance Theatre, Lauren also teaches part-time in Portland and is going into her fourth year as an Assistant Coach for LOHS dance team which recently won two state championship titles.
Lauren is excited to be back at CDT for her 8th year and will be teaching Lyrical, Jazz, and Jumps and Turns. Lauren is also the Competition Director for City Dance Theatre.
TAP & ACRO
Robin has been dancing since she was 8 years old. After her start at Banks Performing Arts, she continued her dance training for 7 years at Forest Grove Dance Arts. She trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Improvisation, and Acrobatics. She loved theatrics and performing and earned solo roles such as Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in the studio’s productions of the Nutcracker. Robin was invited to join FGDA's Senior Competition Team where she competed for 2 years. While training in the studio, Robin also was participating in middle school and high school dance teams. She was named captain for a total of 5 years on both teams. Her Senior year of High school, she was selected to be an OSAA All-State dancer at the state championships in 2015. Shortly after, Robin began teaching acrobatic classes at FGDA. Here she found a love for choreographing and teaching for all ages and decided a career in dance was the right path for her. This led Robin to studying dance at Western Oregon University. There she took a wide variety of technique classes such as modern, tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and partnering. Along with dance core classes such as history of modern dance and ballet, dance production, dance videography, composition, somatics, and dance pedagogy. She also participated in performing and choreographing for the annual Spring Dance Concert and was selected every year to represent the dance department at The American College Dance Association regional conference. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Social Sciences in August 2020. Robin’s love for teaching never stopped since she began in 2014 at FGDA. She then joined the CDT family where she has taught tap, contemporary, and acrobatics.
Robin is delighted to be teaching Tap & Acro this year!
Zoë comes to Salem from England. Her extensive training led to a professional career in dance throughout the world. Her credits include training and experience with The Royal Ballet School, The Rambert Dance Company, The Mantis Dance Company, Princess Cruises, Will Rogers Theatre Branson, Missouri, and Middlesex University. Zoë competed all over the United Kingdom where her solos gained 1st place and Highest scoring solo consistently. She was a finalist in the esteemed Miss Dance of Great Britain and a finalist at The All England Dance Finals with her classical solo and national solo.
While in Salem, Zoë has taught for Community Education, was the original dance teacher at Howard Street Charter School, choreographed for the Willamette Girls Choir, Salem Boys Choir, Salem Pops Orchestra and Miss Marion Polk County Pageant. Zoë is the choreographer for McNary High School where she has choreographed Oklahoma, Grease, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Les Miserables, Annie Get your Gun, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon ,The Pajama Game ,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Taming of the Shrew ,Kiss Me Kate,Hairspray,As you like it, West Side Story, Little shop of Horrors , Urinetown , Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast ,The Addams Family ,The Wizard of Oz ,Elf and Mary Poppins. In 2021, Zoe started choreographing for West Salem High School and has choreographed Mamma Mia and Drowsy Chaperone for them.
For five years Zoë was Ballet Mistress for local dancers for the Eugene Ballet Company's The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, and in 2004, Ballet Mistress for the Russian Festival Ballet, The Nutcracker, for which her studio was chosen exclusively to perform.
Relevé, City Dance Theatre's performing company under Zoë's direction performed at Disneyland in June 06 , October 08 , August 13, August 16, August 18, August 22 and also performed at Universal Studios August 2016.
The company performs throughout the Willamette Valley at various community events and retirement communities during the Holidays and Summer months.
Former students of Zoë's are now dancing on Broadway, teaching in studio's & colleges, are dancing for professional sports teams and have danced for esteemed Ballet companies.Many have pursued a College Degree in Dance.
In 2021 CDT was nominated and voted BEST DANCE STUDIO in Willamette Valley.
Zoë is a certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique and CDT is a National Honor Society of Dance Arts Charter for Junior and Senior levels.
Zoë is married to Brad, and has two sons, Ben and Sam.
CDT alumni Sydney Farr has been dancing since the age of six and has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop. For nine years she performed with CDT Performing Company throughout the greater Willamette Valley, the Portland area, and Disney California.
Having a burning passion and love for dancing and performing, Sydney wanted to go further with dance after high school. Her first professional appearance was in a music video as a featured dancer for the Portland band Goldfoot, for their song “Feel Like Dancin”. While attending a Tremaine convention with CDT she was awarded a Hip Hop scholarship and was honorably mentioned.
For the past four years Sydney has had the opportunity to train with and be a member of Portland area Mixd Dance Company. She currently takes dance classes in Portland and has spent some time in LA taking master classes.
Sydney’s future goals include professional dancing and owning her own business. She is currently the owner of Sydney Farr Photography.
Sydney will be back teaching all Hip Hop classes She couldn’t be more thrilled to be at her second home, sharing her passion for dance!
LYRICAL, JAZZ &
JUMPS & TURNS
Zoë - Lisa Banton
DIRECTOR - BALLET , POINTE &
PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE
CELEBRATING 28 YEARS OF DANCE EDUCATION IN SALEM, OREGON
Hannah started dancing at City Dance Theatre at the age of 3. She took Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary, and also was a member of the Performing Company and competition team. She found a passion in dance, and when trying to dabble in other extra curricular activities, she found herself always coming back to it.
Once graduated, she began attending Chemeketa Community College, working at The Courthouse Athletic Club, Dancing for the Portland WinterHawks and Mix'd dance company. While working at the front desk of the Courthouse, she found a love for a class the club offers called"Club Dance" and was hired on as an Instructor.
Hannah will be teaching Contemporary. She believes that the foundation to a good dancer comes with being physically, mentally, and sometimes emotionally strong.
Hannah is so excited to be back and cannot wait for a fabulous year at CDT!