Dancing With an O.C. Star

Wellness classes at Argyros Plaza offer the chance to move like a pro with instruction from OC native and Broadway veteran Lauren Lim Jackson.
Dancing With an O.C. Star
Photo by Brenda Ahearn. Courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Orange County School of the Arts graduate Lauren Lim Jackson spent 15 years in New York, performing in Broadway shows such as “Pretty Woman,” “Motown,” and “Finian’s Rainbow.” Becoming a mom and wanting to be closer to her family led her back to Orange County last year and a job that “literally fell out of the sky,” as the director of musical theatre at OCSA.

But for the next four Tuesday evenings, Jackson will lead community members longing to get moving through dance routines at George and Julianne Argyros Plaza. “The pandemic has clustered us inside,” she says. “Our mental wellbeing has diminished because we haven’t been able to move our bodies and be as active as we like. I want to get those endorphins flowing … I’m not going to make anyone do triple pirouettes or anything. (Participants) will get to take home a piece of Broadway with them, which is nice to share.”

Jackson has a long history with Segerstrom Center for the Arts. “I’ve been going to Segerstrom Center since I was a little girl. I saw Phantom there with Robert Guillaume.”

She reflects on what she loves about Orange County and calls being back a game changer. “You will find us in Laguna Beach. During the pandemic, we would drive to Heisler Park, open the trunk of our SUV and watch the waves go and the sun go down with masks on. The ocean is our sanctuary; we didn’t get to do that in New York.”

The dance classes will incorporate music from a different show each week. The classes, a continuation of the wellness offerings at The Center, are socially distanced, outdoors, and cost $10 per person. Tonight’s event is sold out, but you can reserve your spot for future Tuesdays at scfta.org.

Learn more about Lauren Lim Jackson and what she’s most looking forward to about being back in Orange County in the May issue of Orange Coast.

Photo courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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