In My Skin
Choreography: Lauren Wood
Music: Enotrope, Michael Wall
Dancer: Lauren Wood
Thank you to all of the faculty in this wonderful department for pushing me and helping me grow into the artist I am today.
Thank you to the amazing and talented Christopher-Rasheem McMillan for not only guiding me in this process but constantly believing in and supporting me. I am so thankful to have worked with you in almost all of your creative processes since I came to the University of Iowa. You have helped shape me into the artist I have become.
Thank you to the other senior BFAs – you have become my best friends and I am so thankful to have been able to grow artistically with you over these 4 years. I could not have done these college years without each and every one of you, I love you all!
Lastly, thank you to my parents for always believing in me and pushing me to shoot for the stars. You have supported every ambitious dream I have had, and knew I could be anything I wanted to be. I would not be who I am without your endless love and support!
This work explores my Hispanic identity while having white skin and the struggles I have faced being comfortable with who I am.
Lauren Elizabeth Wood is originally from the Central Coast of California and currently pursuing a BFA in dance, BA in health and human physiology - exercise science, and a minor in political science. During her time at the University of Iowa she has performed in works by Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, Brian Enos, Armando Duarte, Jennifer Kayle, Kristin Marrs, and Alex Bush. She was a part of Dancers in Company for the 2018-2019 season, and also performed at the American College Dance Association - Central Conference in Springfield, MO, in March 2019. After graduation, Lauren plans on moving to the Bay Area to dance professionally before pursuing her other passion, medicine. After dancing professionally, she hopes to go to medical school to become a physician while continuing to teach and choreograph.