Photography by En Avant Photography
grew up in Yakima, Washington, where she began her movement career as a gymnast at two years old. In 2012, she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in dance and minor in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Currently, CarliAnn is an MFA candidate in dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Her choreography has been presented by On the Boards, Seattle International Dance Festival, Inlay Dance, Velocity Dance Center, YAW Theater, Intrepidus Dance, and Terrain 11. She has performed professionally with Khambatta Dance Company, Intrepidus Dance, 127th St. Dance Company and as a freelance performer with Noam Gagnon, KT Niehoff, Rob Kitsos, Marla Eist, and Ashleigh Claire Miller. CarliAnn has enjoyed performing, teaching, and touring internationally in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Lithuania, and India.
She has trained with many talented professionals including Rob Kitsos, Judith Garay, Marla Eist, Meghan Walker-Straight, Cheryl Prophet, and KT Niehoff. She has had the privilege of training seasonally at the Velocity Dance Center, Training Society of Vancouver, Countertechnique, and in the scholarship program with EDAM in contact improvisation with Peter Bingham.
Along with creating and dancing, CarliAnn has rehearsal directed for Jennifer Mascall, Noam Gagnon, and Vanessa Goodman. She has danced with Khambatta Dance Company, Intrepidus Dance, 127th St. Dance Company, and various other projects. In the past four seasons with Khambatta Dance Company, CarliAnn has enjoyed performing, teaching, and touring internationally to Mexico, Brazil, Lithuania, and India.
In addition to performing, she is passionate about teaching, creating, and producing dance. In 2016, she formed Forthun+Rome Dance Theater with Ethan Rome. Over the course of its three years, the company has created over a dozen new works including full evening length pieces and dance films. In 2018, the dance company received the year-long James Ray Residency Award to create a new dance work for the 2019 Seattle International Dance Festival. As a dance creator, CarliAnn investigates human interactions that are universal and transcend language, exploring the ineffability of life.