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 BFA 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, Carolin 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. Carolin 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. Carolin spent two seasons with Central West Ballet, where she quickly advanced to soloist, performing roles including 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 also performed George Balanchine's Serenade as a guest artist with Ballet Idaho.
With Ballet Fantastique since 2016, Carolin has performed as: Queen of Hearts in the world premiere of Alice in Wonderland (with High Step Society, premiere 2018); Amalia in ZORRO: The Ballet (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist Brandon Vance, 2018 performances); Judy in An American Christmas Carol (with Halie Loren, 2017 performances and tour); Rebecca Van Tassel in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (with Dreos + Gerry Rempel Ensemble, premiere 2017); 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).
Carolin is also a coach in The Academy of Ballet Fantastique, and 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. Carolin 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, Carolin founded the Character Dance class at Central West Ballet Academy, and also taught the Academy's beginning ballet levels.
As a choreographer, Carolin’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.
Cari is a national Russian Pointe featured artist.
Idaho Falls, ID
Favorite BFan Role:
Favorite role Kitty Bennette in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet
Coffee, traveling, and any time spent under trees
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