Cara grew up in Evanston, IL and began dancing at Dance Center Evanston under the direction of Bea Rashid. She continued her training at Indiana University where she received the Dean’s Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Arts Management. At IU, she performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s Swan Lake, Concerto Barocco, Serenade and Elegie; Merce Cunningham’s Duets; Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies; and Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker. She spent summers dancing at Chautauqua Institution, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Point Park University, and Milwaukee Ballet. In her two summers as an apprentice at the Chautauqua Institution, she performed in works such as George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux’s Three Overtures, Mark Diamond’s Bolero and Sasha Janes’ Four Seasons. Her choreography was chosen both years to be performed during the workshop showcase and was chosen as first place in 2015.
- Hometown: Evanston, IL
- Dancing Since: Age 5
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet II: 2
- Favorite movie: Grease
- Favorite Ballet: Marius Petitpa’s Don Quixote
- Advice for aspiring dancers: To keep working as hard as possible and keep loving dance more with every day.
- Favorite music: Anything I can dance to!