Lauren Gardner is a MSW, PhD student in Psychology, dancer and choreographer who performs nationally and internationally, and has opened for rappers Ludacris and Common. Her choreography and scholarship has been featured on CNN Newsroom, Fox News, NBC, and the Tennessean, and has presented and performed at Gibney Dance Broadway for the New York State Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association. Lauren has her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and is currently a PhD student in psychology at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Lauren is studying Hip Hop and Human Development, Dance as Discourse, and Women’s studies. As a Dance Specialist for Harlem Children’s Zone Lauren teaches youth K-12 Hip Hop, various styles of Jazz, and Contemporary Lyrical dance.