Christopher Grant and Lauren Yalango-Grant are NYC based choreographers, performers, teachers, and most recently, parents to Ella James. Christopher grew up in Mississippi backyard tumbling and imitating music videos. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. Lauren, a native New Yorker, was born a mover and grew up studying ballet, jazz, and modern dance. She received her BFA in Dance with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Christopher and Lauren’s worlds collided when they began dancing professionally with Pilobolus Dance Theater. There they fell in love and toured the world for eight years. They also helped create and performed the internationally acclaimed hit, Shadowland. After leaving the company, they performed both on and off Broadway and in a wide range of immersive theater, music videos, TV, and film.
Christopher and Lauren carry a collaborative spirit of play and creation throughout the work that they do, both as performers and choreographers. Their passion is bringing stories to life through imaginative movement, athleticism, and partnership.
The pair teach throughout the country with a focus on partnering. They believe dance partnering is one of the truest representations of shared human experience. It blurs the lines between leader and follower and it physicalizes honest conversation between people. Through their class, dancers develop a mutual, nonverbal language through movement, sensitivity, trust, and play.
Christopher and Lauren spent the pandemic on their latest and most important creation yet, bringing their first child Ella into the world. Currently the two are thrilled to be choreographing the new Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Broadway bound musical, Invincible.
Credits include: King Kong, Alive on Broadway, Apple’s holiday spot, ‘Sway,’ Virgin Galactic/Under Armour Spacewear reveal, Spike Jonze’ Changers, A Dance Story, Advil PM ‘Dancing Around Pain,’ Seeing You, Fuerza Bruta Wayra, Queen of the Night,The Royal Variety Performance for the Queen of England, and The Conan O’Brien Show. They also host Vanity Fair’s YouTube series Movies in Motion. They have worked with choreographers and directors including: Spike Jonze, Michael Arden, Ryan Heffington, Denna Thomsen, Stacey Tookey, The Kuperman Brothers, Nick Kenkel, Randy Weiner, Sam Brown and Alison Chase.