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 (now known as Georgia Dance Conservatory). As a student she was awarded full scholarships to attend University North Carolina School of the Arts and the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC) 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, Dorothy Lister, Basil Thompson and Mansur Kamaletdinov, Ann Parsons, and Donald Mahler. 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 known as 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, Lambros Lambrou, August Bournonville, and Bill Evans, to name a few.
From 1986 to 1988 she returned to her home turf to dance 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 and her professional dance career, Mrs. Biggs took a teaching position with Dance South in Macon, Ga. directed by Peter Garrick. Over her year there she taught special movement classes to students at the Ga. Academy for the Blind and was approved by the Board of Regents to teach Beginner Ballet at Gordon Jr. College in Barnesville, Ga.
During the following years, 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. As Ballet Mistress for the Belhaven College Dance Ensemble, she had the opportunity to create her own works as well as restaging choreographic works from the classical repertoire.
Returning to GA in 2005 and settling in Marietta, to be closer to her family, Mrs. Biggs continued her teaching career by joining 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 have been invited to join the faculty at The Georgia Ballet and is looking forward to working with the talented students of the Conservatory program.