FEATURED WSU DANCE AREA ALUMNI AND UNDERGRADUATE!
ALUMNI | CARRIE LEE MILES
Carrie holds a BA in Dance from Weber State University where she was the recipient of the Patty O'Neal Scholarship and the John & Vera Eccles Ballet Scholarship. She has worked professionally with Orchesis Dance Theatre, WSU Moving Company, the American Dance Festival (NC), American Dance Festival Association (UT, CO, MT), Aerial Amore (SLC, UT), Wasatch Collective Dancers (SF, CA), the Governor of Utah, Imagine Ballet Theatre, UNLV, and Repertory Dance Theatre (SLC, UT), Nevada Ballet Theatre (Las Vegas, NV).
Carrie's choreography has won multiple awards from the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival, including Festival Champion in 2014. She has presented her work at the Peery's Egyptian Theatre in Ogden, UT, the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre as well as at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall both located in Las Vegas, NV. Currently, Carrie is currently on company with Rafael Dance (Ogden, UT) and Kelly Roth and Dancers (Las Vegas, NV) and Co-Founder of Meraki Dance Theatre. She also has enjoyed her Adjunct Dance Faculty Position with the University of Nevada Las Vegas over the past 6 years.
My experience with the WSU Dance Area has been challenging, but very rewarding. I have gained skills that have not only helped me as a dancer but as an individual in society. During my time at WSU, I've been able to interact and make purposeful connections in both the visual and performing arts. As a performing artist, I find that staying physically active, having a positive and open mind, being socially engaged, and serving God and my fellowmen are vital for me to thrive in my education at school and in life. Settling with a calm, minimally stimulating environment is a comfort zone and an enemy of my progress. Dance never ceases to make me feel uncomfortable. It has led me to make choices and taking risks in the moment. I'm consistently challenged to work with my imperfections, and I'm constantly learning to face my fears and my failures. Dance continues to broaden my perspectives and provide me with second chances. I've endured trying times that have refined me physically, socially, and mentally. I've witnessed miracles of my weaknesses becoming my strengths. Dance has moved me in ways that have enabled me to find healing. Expressing myself through simple, symbolic gestures, and exposing my vulnerable self through raw movement has helped me reveal and delve into an authentic and spiritual way of life.
When I graduate with my BA in Dance and Art this Fall of 2020, I would love to audition and perform as long as my body will let me. I'm interested in participating in more cultural dance forms. I have a background in Hawaiian and Tahitian dancing, and I would love to perform at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I also would love to do a performing mission. For my Arts degree, I would love to teach art in secondary education and do commission work on the side. My experiences in Ogden include performing in Thriller as a Chucky Doll for three years at the Val A Browning Center, I've danced with the Imagine Ballet Theater for four years, and performed in The Nutcracker at the Peery's Egyptian Theater. Recently, I performed as a dancing shepherdess in NEXT Ensemble's Operatic Christmas Production, Amahl and The Night Visitors, at The Monarch December of 2019. I was also a featured dancer, Jo Jo, and a scab in Newsies ASL at The Ziegfeld Theater Spring of 2020.
For a detailed look at my dance performance and visual art, here are the links to my e-portfolio's: