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Testimonials

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ANDY BLANKENBEUHLER

THREE time Tony Award Winning Choreographer of Broadway’s HAMILTON,

IN THE HEIGHTS, and  BANDSTAND

I am thrilled to have the honor of speaking to the passion, professionalism, vision, and talent of my good friend and associate Carson Hobbs. It was at New York’s Broadway Dance Center where I first had the privilege of meeting Carson.  In my classes, I challenged myself and my students by continuously attacking different types of work, exploring all styles of musical theatre dancing, and each week Carson stepped to the front of the class.  She immediately proved her versatility, concentration, and desire to learn.  I was immediately impressed by her ability to convey her emotions and strength so clearly through her work, and then she set herself apart from other great dancers when we began speaking off of the dance floor.  The best performers have the unbelievable gift of being able to grasp a true emotional beat and translate it into a heightened piece of theatrical language.  Carson has that great strength and depth as an individual.

Soon after, Carson and I worked on our first job together.  I thought I knew what I was getting when I hired her, but when she first came in to sing for me, I had no idea that she had such a wonderful voice.  It’s rare when a performer can communicate on different levels and through different mediums, and I quickly learned that Carson could communicate through her dancing, her singing and her acting.

But the biggest gift that Carson brought to me and the show was when she took over responsibility as swing and dance captain.  Carson has a rare talent of being able to remain committed to something emotionally while at the same time, keeping a distanced perspective of it intellectually. She has an understanding for diplomacy within a company.  She can cut to the core of an artistic vision, and knows the importance of maintaining the integrity of that core.  She can prioritize and compartmentalize within a crazy situation to make sure the work gets done.  She has a great grasp on the creative process and thus can help inspire that process while still making sure to get the work done.  And most importantly, she does all of this with an unending well of passion and love for her art.  To me, that combination of talent, intellect, business savvy, and passion are rare and vital.

After years of working in the theatre, I have found it very rare to be in a situation that is both creatively golden and blessed with the collaboration of good people. That’s the spot I find myself in every time my path crosses with Carson, and I am thrilled to see where her life, both creatively and personally, will go next!”

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CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

Choreographer of Broadway’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and the upcoming “MJ.”.  Two time Laurence Olivier Award winner and Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. 

“Carson Hobbs brings her professional experience as a dancer on Broadway into the classroom. This valuable stage experience and the skills she has gained dancing at the top of the game are now to be passed on to a new generation of aspiring performers.  Carson cares deeply about theater and dance and, I know, will teach with enthusiasm, love, and great commitment sharing all aspects of her craft with the fortunate students who pass through her classroom”.

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TRACY WILKES

​​​​​​​Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

DREAMS Center for Arts Ecducation

“It goes without saying that Carson is a terrific musical theater actor, dancer and choreographer,  but perhaps her greatest gift is her ability as a teacher to share her knowledge and passion with her students.   I’ve had the pleasure of observing students, at all skill levels, grow and flourish under her guidance.  She is caring and compassionate but also sets a high bar for her students’ achievement which is a critical factor in promoting self-confidence and self-respect in young people.”

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Justin Smith

Artistic Director

Opera House Theatre Company

“Carson’s Broadway caliber talent, work ethic, and experience is only second to her kind, thoughtful, and approachable disposition. I can’t think of a better role model for any person whop is looking to learn from a pro.”

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ALEX AND TRACEY TORELLO

Former Student's Parents

"Carson creates a perfect environment for learning performance skills and most importantly for building self confidence. She sincerely cares about each student and it shows! To work with Carson is truly an incredible opportunity for any student!”

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SHANNON MANSFIELD

Owner of “La Petite Dance”

"I can truly say without reservation that any parent or studio director who places their child in any type of class with Carson will be delighted.  Her passion for the theatre and performing arts carries over to her students at all levels as she gives them 110% of her expertise.  Most of all Carson is a loving person who will treat every child with kindness from the serious performer to the recreational performer."

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KIMBERLY SHAFFER

Owner / Artistic Director, Bryan Community School of Dance, Bryan, Ohio

“I can not express enough the wonderful experience of having Carson teach a master class at my studio. Her enthusiasm is contagious! She brought my dancers to a whole new level of technique and energy in their dance, and most importantly made them feel important and confident enough to do anything! I have had many guest artists from all over the country to work with my dancers, this truly is one of the best experiences ever for them."