Carolin began her training at the Idaho Falls School of Ballet under director Deborah Bean and Mariko Kim-Downs. As a member of the Idaho Falls based Ballo Capesso performing ensemble she performed “The Swan” in the Carnival of The Animals, the Mosquito Solo in “Why do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears,” the Dragonfly in “Bugs and Ballet” among others for the community and for local students as part of outreach programs. Her dance education continued at the prestigious University of Utah Department of Ballet, where she earned a B.F.A. in Ballet cum laude with a dual emphasis in Performance and Teaching. She was awarded multiple ballet and academic scholarships. At the University of Utah, Ms. Koepplin performed extensively with Utah Ballet under the directorship of Regina Zarhina and Jay Kim. In addition to making her mark in numerous Ballet Showcases and Ballet Ensemble performances, Carolin danced featured roles in La Vivandiere, “Four Little Swans” in Swan Lake, “Russian” in The Nutcracker, and premieres by Professor Maureen Laird, Eldon Johnson, and Dr. Jung Sik Roh. Ms. Koepplin was also a member of the Character Dance Ensemble and was featured in an excerpt from La Fille Mal Gardee on tour in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Since graduation, Ms. Koepplin spent two seasons with Central West Ballet where she quickly advanced to soloist. Carolin's favorite roles include Moyne in Giselle, Jewel Doll, Spanish Coffee Lead, Chinese Tea Lead, and Waltz of the Flowers Pas de Duex in The Nutcracker, Cousin “Eva” in Rene Daveluy's premiere of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and “the Chick” in “Ol' MacDonald” and “Sway” for Rat Pack in Revue. She has also performed George Balanchine's Serenade as a guest with Ballet Idaho.
With Ballet Fantastique, Carolin has performed as: Jeannie Babe in the world premiere of Aladdin: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Satin Love Orchestra, premiere 2017); Wisteria Maiden in Tales from the Floating World (with Mitsuki Dazai, 2017 performances); and Kitty Bennette in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, 2016 performances).
Ms. Koepplin has taught children and adults from beginners to advanced in Idaho, Utah, and California where she imparts the knowledge from the rigorous pedagogy courses at the University of Utah Department of Ballet and her own training and experience. As an instructor at the Idaho Falls School of Ballet, she taught all school levels, led and instructed the school's popular summer Mini Camps for young dancers, and assisted coaching variations performed at Youth America Grand Prix. Ms. Koepplin taught and created curriculum for the ballet and creative movement program at Central City Recreation Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. With her unique knowledge from the Character Dance Ensemble, Ms. Koepplin founded the Character Dance class at Central West Ballet Academy, and also taught the Academy's beginning ballet levels.
As a choreographer, Carolin Koepplin's works have been presented at the University of Utah's Ballet Showcase, Central West Ballet's Choreographer's Showcase and Workshop. She also choreographed extensively for Idaho Falls School of Ballet's production of “The Great Tutu Caper.” Carolin brings an engaging teaching style full of energy and passion for helping her students grow in their skill and appreciation for dance.
Idaho Falls, ID
Coffee, traveling, and anytime spent under trees
"Excellent technique and stage presence."
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