Lauren Cuthbertson was born in Devon in 1984. She began studying dance at a local dance school run by Pamela De Waal (now the Buckingham Dance Studios in Paignton), becoming focused on classical ballet when she was offered a place on the Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate Programme. As a junior associate, she took part in weekly classes based on the Royal Ballet School training system. These are held in major cities throughout the UK, for young dancers who show a particular aptitude for ballet.
Cuthbertson later auditioned successfully for a permanent place at the Royal Ballet School based at White Lodge, Richmond Park. She attended the school from the age of 11-16 and was then offered a place to further her training at the upper school. Skipping 2nd year, she went straight into the 3rd year and graduated at age 17.
The Nutcracker (2016)
The Nutcracker by P. I. Tchaikovsky, from The Royal Ballet, performed at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2016. Directed by Peter Wright, conductor Boris Gruzin, starring Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli and Gary Avis.