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Raven Barkley

Raven, from Bronx, NY, began dancing at age 10 at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance. She furthered her training at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Arts High School for Music and Art and Performing Arts, where she graduated with honors. While at LaGuardia, Raven also attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s (DTH) Pre- Professional Program as a scholarship student and performed with DTH’s Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble. While at DTH, Raven was selected as a featured dancer for the Scholastic Children’s book, “Beautiful Ballerina” by Marilyn Nelson. During the summer of 2013 and 2014, Raven received the honor of performing choreography by Tony Award winner George Faison for the NYC SummerStage Performance Series. In 2015, Raven graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in ballet from SUNY Purchase. In 2018, Raven was recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.” She has performed works by Bryan Arias, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton, Eliot Feld, Robert Garland, Sasha Janes, Jiří Kylián, Jessica Lang, Robyn Mineko Williams, Arthur Mitchell, Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Taryn Russell and Myles Thatcher.

  • Hometown: Bronx, NY
  • Dancing Since: Age 10
  • Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 3
  • Favorite ballet movements: My favorite movements are grand jeté and tour jeté
  • If she weren’t dancing she’d be: A mathematician/computer scientist
  • Her most exciting dance moment: When I performed my first ballet solo during the release of the Scholastic Children’s book “Beautiful Ballerina”. As I danced, actress Lynn Whitfield read the words from the book
  • Advice for aspiring dancers: “Continue to reach for your goals and never settle for less. No matter how hard it gets remember that you’re dancing because you love it.”

Are you ready for audition season? Take it from us- our company dancers have been through many auditions in their careers, and they want to share their tips with YOU to make sure you rock your audition!

1. Treat it like a normal class


Drew Grant | 2nd Season

“Don’t be late and make sure to pick appropriate attire. Remind yourself that it’s just class, the same you take everyday, enjoy it!”

Lexi Johnson | 2nd Season

“When you go into the audition, try to let go of your nervous energy and treat it like a normal technique class. Try your best to relax, stay focused and show the teacher how much you enjoy dancing. No matter the outcome, the experience of auditioning teaches you a lot, so it’s rewarding either way!”

2. Be in performance Mode


Claire Hutchinson | Second company, 2nd Season

“Don’t watch the other dancers. An audition is like a performance, so stay in performance mode and try not to get distracted. It will also be easier to dance your best if you are enjoying yourself. So have fun!”

3. Dress to impress and show your confidence


Sarah Hayes Harkins | 10th Season

“Don’t be afraid to register early and get up front!! Wear something noticeable and pretty in your hair, but also don’t over do it.  Pay close attention to details of the combinations, do it exactly how it is demonstrated to the best of your ability.”

Elizabeth Truell | 3rd Season

Dress to make yourself feel confident and beautiful. You should go in the front and don’t be afraid to show yourself. Most importantly, just enjoy dancing and show them your passion.”

Sarah Lapointe | 3rd Season

“Always present yourself as well put together and organized. This will show your professional attitude and bring an impeccable look to every audition you attend!”

4. Show why you love it


Anson Zwingelberg | 1st Season

“It’s important to remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that what will make you unique and one of a kind.”

5. Don’t judge yourself


Colby Foss | 1st Season

“My teacher in college, Mr. Clouser, always said, ‘learn everything, judge nothing,’ and I stand by that.”

Put these tips to use!

Visit our 2018 National Audition Tour to Pre-register today!