Lauren Gottlieb is an American contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz funk dancer and actress. She became famous after she contested in the 3rd season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ a reality dance competition show aired in the US. She is also known for her role as the main female lead in “ABCD: Any Body Can Dance,” a Bollywood film which released in 2013.
Lauren Gottlieb was the highest scorer as well as the runner-up in season 6 of the widely appreciated and watched Indian TV dance show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.’ The 5’7″ dancing beauty was paired with choreographer Punit Pathak in the show.
Lauren Gottlieb was born on 8th June 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. She began dancing when she was just 7 years old. In the year 2006, she moved to LA to pursue a career in dance. Lauren has studio trained in varied dance forms including jazz, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, and tap. She achieved fame via Season 3 of the hit reality TV series ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ aired on FOX Network.
In 2004, Gottlieb was too young and hence could not audition for the show ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ She however worked as an assistant to choreographer Tyce Diorio. The next year, Lauren was eligible to participate as a contestant for season 3 of the show ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ She got through the initial rounds with ease and was one of the final 6 contestants. After the season was over, Gottlieb assisted Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Napoleon D’umo and Tabitha, during seasons 4, 5, and 6 of the popular show.
Lauren Gottlieb also toured with the show’s team during the audition tour of season 5. She was the choreographer for the ‘choreography round’ during the auditions. Lauren was later selected to come back as an ‘All-Star’ dancer in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for seasons 7, 8, and 9 respectively.
In between the seasons of the dance reality show, Gottlieb performed with a number of artists like Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Sean Kingston, Shakira, Carrie Underwood, Enrique Iglesias, and Willow Smith. She also gave private tutoring in dance to Hollywood biggies and celebrities like Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, and Katie Holmes.
In 2009, she featured as a dancer in the TV show ‘Glee.’ She also appeared as a dancer in different movies like Disaster Movie in 2008; Bring It On: Fight to the Finish in 2009; and Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009.
In 2013, Lauren took part in season 6 of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, the Indian version of the American show ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ She got the highest score in the show, and came second along with dance partner choreographer Punit Pathak.
Lauren Gottlieb’s foray into acting was seamless and easy. She debuted as a guest actress in 2009, in the show ‘Make It or Break It’ telecast on ABC Family. She followed it with an appearance in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the popular series aired on CBS. In 2011, she acted in the movie ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ and was featured in a heroic dance battle against the chipetes.
Lauren Gottlieb wanted to continue her growth as an actress by frequently stepping out of her comfort zone that was dancing. Her dedication and fearlessness was soon tested when she was offered the role of the female protagonist in the Bollywood movie ‘ABCD: Any Body Can Dance,’ a highly anticipated and the first ever Indian 3D dance film. Lauren proved equal to this new task and challenge. She came to Mumbai and spent three months learning Bollywood techniques, Hindi, and the Indian method of filming in the company of movie stars Kay Kay Menon and Prabhudheva and choreographer Ganesh Acharya, as well as Dharmesh Yelande and Salman Yusuff Khan, stars of the hit Indian TV show ‘Dance India Dance.’
Lauren Gottlieb – Boyfriend
She was known to be dating fellow professional dancer Bryan Tanaka. There is no detail of their status of relationship as of now.
Lauren Gottlieb in ABCD-Any Body Can Dance
This Remo D’Souza film is Lauren Gottlieb’s debut in Bollywood. The movie tells the story of India’s culture and heritage via dance. Lauren plays the female lead character of ‘Rhea’ who works in a technical school of dance run by the character played by KK Menon. Rhea is a technically proficient contemporary ballet dancer. A fight occurs between Prabhudeva’s character and KK Menon. This prompts Rhea to become a hip-hop dancer.
Lauren Gottlieb trivia
Lauren has a secret desire to shake a leg with Hrithik Roshan and Ranbir Kapoor, both of whom are great dancers in their own rights. Gottlieb thinks that Hrithik is not only a brilliant dancer but also a great actor. She considers Ranbir as a good looking, cute actor.
During her stint in ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa,’ Lauren stayed at Punit Pathak’s home. She really connected with his family and enjoyed the time with them. She currently lives in her own pad at Yari Road, Andheri.
Lauren’s nicknames are GottaLuver, Misha, and L*Boogz.
Lauren Gottlieb – Pictures
Lauren Gottlieb – Movies
- Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) – Dancer
- Disaster Movie (2008) – Cheerleader Dancer
- Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009) – All Star Jaguar Dancer
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) – Club Woman / Cookie
- ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2013) – Rhea
- ABCD 2(2015) – Olive