ABOUT CARSON

As a dance educator, Carson believes teaching is a honor that demands great care and attention. She places emphasis on the basics - technique, expression through movement, dynamics, and musicality. Each student is given focused energy, respect, and encouragement, and her goal is for every student to be empowered, energized, inspired, and supported. Carson primarily teaches theatre jazz, musical theatre rep, contemporary jazz, audition technique, and tap to all ages and abilities - as well as incorporating improvisation and acting into her warm up and teaching methods. She resides in Wilmington, NC, with her husband and 4 children.

EDUCATION

Carson has a B.A. in Fine Arts from New York City’s New School University, after 3 years at the University of Georgia and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (CAP-21).

CAREER

Professionally, she was in Broadway’s hit show, WICKED, as the Witch’s Mother, and also performed in WICKED’s LA, Chicago, and national touring companies.

Other touring and regional productions include: A Chorus Line, Footloose, The Full Monty, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Funny Girl, & Nights on Broadway.

Her TV and commercial credits include: One Life to Live, The Today Show, ESPN, Toys R Us, Bell South, Mastercard, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Inside Edition, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, UNC-CH, Dallas Ballet Center, Kennesaw State University, and StageCoach (LA), as well as many studios in the Southeast.

While in NYC, she worked closely with Andy Blankenbeuhler (HAMILTON, In The Heights, Bandstand, Cats), Josh Bergasse (SMASH, On The Town), and David Marquez (Tom Sawyer). Other New York credits include the NYMT, BCEFA benefits (Gershwin, Neil Simon, and Minskoff, Broadway), and Elton John’s Down the Yellow Brick Road 35th Anniversary Benefit Concert (assistant choreographer to director Andy Blankenbeuhler).

Carson has directed and choreographed both professional shows (Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, The Drowsy Chaperone) and children’s theatre (Footloose, TACT).

Her proudest moments have been as a teaching artist with DREAMS of Wilmington, a nationally recognized non profit that cultivates confidence through the arts. She also taught at the Boys & Girls club of Metro Atlanta and founded the first dance and theatre program at Hope Hill Elementary School in Atlanta, and is now the development of youth programs and education at Opera House Theatre Company.

RESUME

Broadway

WICKED (Witch’s Mother/ensemble)

LA / Chicago / National Tour

WICKED (Witch’s Mother & International swing)

TV / Commercials

One Life to Live

The Today Show

ESPN

Toys R' Us

Bridezillas

Camel

Inside Edition

Dance Spirit

Mike's Hard Lemonade

Mastercard

Bell South

Regional

A Chorus Line (Cassie, Val, Kristine)

The Full Monty (Vicki)

Nights On Broadway (chor: Andy Blankenbeuhler)

South Pacific (chor: Josh Bergasse)

Crazy For You

Footloose

42nd Street

Anything Goes

Annie Get Your Gun

Carousel

Funny Girl

Director / Choreographer

Elton John’s Down the Yellow Brick Road 35th Anniversary Benefit Concert (assistant choreographer to Andy Blankenbeuhler, director)

Spring Awakening

The Full Monty

The Drowsy Chaperone

Footloose

Faculty / Teaching

Broadway Dance Center (NYC)

Stagecoach LA (Director of Dance for US) the internationally acclaimed children's theater program.

Dallas Ballet Center

N'House Productions

UNC Drama Department & Master Class Nationally

The Pulse on Tour with Mia Michaels (Emcee)

DREAMS of Wilmington

Hope Hill Elementary, Orbit Arts Academy

Atlanta Workshop Players

Kennesaw State University

Opera House Theatre Company

Training

University of Georgia

NYU CAP-21 (Tisch)

New School University graduate with a BA in Fine Arts

Broadway Theatre Project Alumni

Broadway Dance Center

Steps on Broadway

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