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. 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.
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.
CarliAnn has had the pleasure of presenting and performing work through On the Boards’ 12 Minutes Maxx, Seattle International Dance Festival, Inlay Dance, Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle, and with her own company, Forthun+Rome Dance Theater; and performed works by Noam Gagnon, KT Niehoff, Rob Kitsos, Marla Eist, Cyrus Khambatta, Holly Logan, Samantha Weissbach Williams, and Ashleigh Miller over the years.
In addition to performing, she is passionate about teaching, creating, and producing dance. As a dance creator, CarliAnn investigates human interactions that are universal and transcend language, exploring the ineffability of life. In the past year she has created three new works. Being a co-director of Forthun+Rome Dance Theater has allowed her develop her personal artistic craft through experimentation, authentic expression, and collaboration.