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#MeetTheArtistMonday | Meet Carrie

Carrie began studying dance in Rockford, IL and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University and an MBA degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. She has extensive performing experience in college as well as with Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet II, David Taylor Dance Theater, and Missouri Contemporary Ballet.

In 2011 Carrie became the founding director and lead instructor of the School of MCB, coordinated DanceReach, and co-founded DanceAbility. Currently, Carrie is Executive & Artistic Director of the Susquehanna Youth Ballet and is the Ballet Director at EMC Performing Arts Studio. She has served on the board of the Maryland Council for Dance, is an adjudicator for Energy National Dance Competitions, and is a roster member of Impact Dance Adjudicators.

Continue reading to learn more about Carrie!



Favorite Food


Favorite Color

Light Blue

Favorite Book

Great Expectations

Favorite Movie

Dirty Dancing

Inspirational Quote

"Attitude is contagious. Would anyone want to catch yours?"

Favorite Music/Artist/Band/Genre

Pop/R&B/Rock, Prince/Janet Jackson

Favorite Place to Be

Home or outdoors.

If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?


Do you have any pets?

Beulah is our dog, part black lab, part Border Collie. Marley is our black cat.

Tell us about your dance background and training.

I grew up taking lessons in ballet/tap/jazz and got more serious about ballet in college.

What genre of dance is your favorite? Why?

Contemporary Ballet. I love that it requires strong classical ballet technique in order to trust yourself to let go and explore freer movement. It also requires versatility which allows freedom in choreography as well.

Why do you dance?

I dance because I love the physical and mental challenge. I love the feeling of being totally worn out yet strong from a good ballet class and of course I love the adrenaline rush that comes with performing.

If you wear pointe shoes, what kind do you wear?

I am currently wearing Suffolk Sonnets but I haven't found my shoe since my feet changed after having two babies. I used to wear Capezio Glisses but they are discontinued. I prefer Bloch split sole canvas ballet shoes.

What other jobs/activities/talents/passions do you pursue?

Parenting! And I enjoy business administration particularly pertaining to the arts but also in running our family business of lacrosse camps.

What are you looking forward to this season with Ballet Embody?

I am looking forward to meeting other local professional dancers and being in a company atmosphere again. I'm also looking forward to diving into Emily's choreography.

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