Dance: Lauren Thomas

I photographed dancer Lauren in an old Church, somewhere in Leicestershire. Here she introduces herself:

So I’m Lauren…. I’m your standard left wing, vegan, alternative, feminist, glitter covered, Dr Martin wearing, hippie. I started my professional dance journey at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and, after two years of pushing myself to try and fit into various boxes and one too many rejections, I decided conservatoire training was not in my big master plan and came to De Montfort University instead. I have recently graduated and, like most DMU dance alumni, I have a passion for weird and wonderful contemporary dance. My specific area of interest lies within politically charged creations that explore issues surround gender identity, performance, and feminism. Through both practise and research my love for vogue dance has blossomed and I have great respect for the LGBTQ+ community and ballroom children. Their struggle against such oppression birthed something so beautiful, gritty and raw. Through my practise I try to entwine elements of vogue into everything I do… Paying homage to the legendary children who came before me, sharing knowledge, and making sure everyone in the room knows that Madonna is a copy cat!

 

Portrait of Leicester dancer Lauren Thomas

 

Lauren dancing by a window, kicking her leg up

 

Lauren bending her hands back in vogue style

 

Lauren dancing upside down, against a wall

 

Lauren gesturing upwards lit by window light

 

A black and white portrait of Lauren holding a voguing pose

 

Lauren dancing against the wall of the Church

 

Lauren leaning far back while dancing in window light

 

Lauren stretching her back, showing her tattoos

 

Lauren leaning so far back she makes a circle