Lauri Worrill-Biggs (or “Mrs. Biggs” as she is known by her students) grew up in Atlanta and began her dance training at the Ruth Mitchell Dance Studio, under the direction and tutelage of Ruth Mitchell. As a student she was awarded full scholarships to attend University North Carolina School of the Arts and the Joffrey Ballet School summer sessions.
At the age of 16 she was invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet School for the school year on full scholarship, providing the opportunity to study under such distinguished teachers as Robert Joffrey, Meredith Baylis, Basil Thompson and Mansur Kamaletdinov. After 2 years she was accepted as an apprentice to the Joffrey II, under the direction of Sally Brayley Bliss and Maria Grandy.
In 1980 Mrs. Biggs took a job with the North Carolina Dance Theatre (now the Charlotte Ballet, N.C.), under the direction of Robert Lindgren. During this time she extensively toured the U.S. and Europe, performing works by Salvatore Aiello (artistic director of NCDT), George Balanchine, Helgi Tomasson, August Bournonville, and Bill Evans, to name a few. In 1986 she returned home accepting a position with the Atlanta Ballet , under the direction of Robert Barnett. During her tenure there she worked with choreographers Tom Pazik, Fernand Nault, Dennis Nahat and Lisa de Ribere. As well as dancing renowned ballets by Eugene Lorring and Marius Petitpa.
Upon retiring from the Atlanta Ballet Mrs. Biggs taught classes at the Ruth Mitchell Dance Studio and directed the dance division at the Whitworth Centre for the Performing Arts. In 1992 Kathy Thibodeaux, artistic director of Ballet Magnificat!, invited Mrs. Biggs to join the faculty of Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts. (Jackson, MS) where she spent the next 6 years implementing and directing the Professional Training Division and Trainee Programs.
When Ballet Magnificat! and Belhaven University partnered to offer a Minor in Dance at the university, Mrs. Biggs was brought in and after 3 years as an adjunct professor was invited to join as a full time faculty member. Mrs. Worrill-Biggs spent the next 7 years as an instructor and ballet technician for the Belhaven program. Teaching courses for the Dance Minor, BA, and BFA in Ballet as well as creating and implementing a grading system used to evaluate and grade student’s in their technique classes. She was also responsible for bringing into the course offering beginning and intermediate/advanced levels of the Pilates mat work.
Returning to GA in 2005, Mrs. Biggs joined the staff of West Cobb Dance Explosion. Her students there competed to win top awards at many of the top competitions. Most notably, her Jr. dancers were invited to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix in NYC.
Mrs. Biggs is pleased to be a part of the faculty here at GDC.