Danaё Carter has been a member of the professional dance community in Richmond for over 20 years. She moved here from San Francisco after graduating with top honors from the San Francisco Ballet School to join the Richmond Ballet as a member of the professional company. During this time she performed extensively in all types of disciplines, including classical, contemporary, jazz and modern. She performed many great roles with the Ballet such as Emily in Agnes de Mille’s ‘A Rose for Miss Emily’, both female leads in John Butler’s ‘Carmina Burana’, and Caroline in Antony Tudor’s “The Lilac Garden’. She helped to create and then performed the role of Puck in William Soleau’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which blended both acting and dancing to receive high esteem. Danaё also spent two years back in California dancing with the Oakland Ballet as well as the Moving Arts Dance Collective.
Since moving back to Richmond and retiring from the ballet, Danaё has been teaching for SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), is a member of the faculty in the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography, and is one of the founding developers/teachers/choreographers in SPARC’s “Live Art’ program. She teaches the STAGES program to second and third graders in the community, as well as a variety of classes for SPARC that include children of all ages and abilities. She has choreographed for SPARC’s summer camps as well as participating in Center Stages SPEAK program. She has also been working with Cadence Theater’s Stage Write program, which focuses on inner city high schools. It combines work force readiness skills with acting and writing to culminate in a share where the students present their own work in front of an audience. Danaё has a true passion for teaching, and particularly for outreach. Being able to share her love of theater, combined with education, has been a lifelong goal.