Director of Community Engagement
Lara Davis has served as Ballet Lubbock’s Director of Community Outreach since June of 2019. Originally from Atlanta, Lara began her dance training at age four at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance in Roswell, Georgia where she was a member of the pre-professional company Roswell Dance Theatre for eight years. As a member of RDT, she received a well-rounded dance education including ballet, Horton and Graham modern, jazz, and contemporary. During the summers, she pursued additional dance training with METdance Houston, American Ballet Theatre in Orange County, The Rock School, Joffrey Ballet NYC, Joffrey Ballet South, Dance Canvas, Point Park University, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, the National Choreography Intensive, and the 2012 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as a Dance Major. Lara also studied abroad in Russia with the Voronezh Ballet in 2017.
Lara graduated with highest honors from the University of Georgia with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance Science and a minor in Dance. Her honors thesis explored the topic of Injury Prevention in Ballet Training.
In Atlanta, Lara danced professionally with The Georgia Ballet, Watershed Dance Theatre, Dance Canvas, and Refuge Dance Company and taught at a number of studios in the metro-Atlanta area. Lara has participated in teacher workshops such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Horton Teacher Training and Full Radius Dance’s Teacher Training, focusing on physically integrated dance (primarily dance using wheelchairs). Her choreography has been presented in a number of settings including for the stage and for film. Lara presented her piece “Escape” set on the dancers of the Roswell Dance Theatre at the 2013 Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival. In 2016, she choreographed for the student film “Capriole”, which was awarded the Dean’s Horizon Award at the 2016 EMST Film Festival at the University of Georgia and was presented at the 2016 River’s Edge International Film Festival in Paducah, KY. Most recently, her choreography “Ode to my School Days” was presented at the Dance Canvas 10th Anniversary Performance (March 2018) at the Ferst Center for the Arts and at The Georgia Ballet’s “Dancers Up Close” performance (April 2018).
Prior to moving to Lubbock, Lara worked as Administrative Assistant to the Atlanta-based nonprofit Dance Canvas to help provide opportunities to increase the awareness of professional dance in Atlanta. As Ballet Lubbock’s Director of Community Outreach, Lara is excited to inspire the community through accessible dance education and performances.