Carmen DeVora felder
Carmen DeVora Felder began her ballet training in Cary, NC at Cary Ballet Conservatory where she had instruction in ballet and jazz through high school. She spent summers training as a scholarship student at Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. During the early years, Ms. Felder performed in Carolina Ballet’s Coppelia and The Nutcracker.
Ms. Felder went on to earn her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in Ballet Performance with a minor in German. While at OU, Ms. Felder trained under Mary Margaret Holt and performed many lead roles including Kansas City Girls in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Firebird in Firebird, and a principal couple in George Balanchine’s Divertimento #15 with Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Ms. Felder was able to travel with the company to dance in the Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival dancing Le Corsaire pas de deux.
After graduation Ms. Felder danced with Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, South Carolina. Then joining Carolina Ballet as a trainee in January 2011. Ms. Felder was promoted to the corps de ballet for the 2011-2012 season. While dancing with Carolina Ballet, Ms. Felder performed as a member of the corps de ballet, as well as dancing featured roles including; First Theme and Melancholic Soloist in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Soloist in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Code of Silence, Third Speech in Robert Weiss’ Symposium, Lead Ribbon Candy and Toy Sugarplum Doll in Robert Weiss’ The Nutcracker. The summer of 2018, Ms. Felder made her theatre debut, performing with the Women’s Theatre Festival in a production of Goblin Market, choreographed by Jennifer Palmer. Outside of dance, Ms. Felder enjoys crafting, nurturing her many houseplants, her dog, and day hiking.
get to know the dancer
1.What do you like to do outside of dance (hobbies, interests, etc.)?
Outside of dance I like hand crafts! I embroider, sew, and knit when I have time. I am currently embroidering a dress I made. My favorite project so far has been my star quilt. It is a chart of the stars in the southern hemisphere that I quilted and embroidered. It took a while to finish, but is currently on my bed and I love "sleeping under the stars"
I also enjoy tending to my house plants and finding vintage furniture. I have a small jungle that will continue to grow. The majority of my furniture has been discovered at vintage shops or consignment stores. I love how each piece has a story and brings some personality to my space.
I enjoy being outside when I am not dancing. I cannot wait to hit some trails and spend some time in nature while I am here. I also enjoy watching hockey (Go Canes!), college football, college basketball, tennis, sports in general.
2.What is your favorite role that you have performed? Have not performed?
It is hard to pin it to one role. I enjoyed 1st Theme and Melancholic Soloist in Four Temperaments. I have a special place in my heart for Serenade too. That ballet reminds me of how much I just love to dance. I would love to dance "Carmen" in the ballet Carmen. My motivation is to have the program list Carmen as much as possible! The music is also iconic.
3.What are some of your indulgences?
Buying houseplants, french fries, and getting my nails done
4.Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
I put my make-up on before class, I meditate, and I always put my left shoe on first.
5.If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be?
If I weren't a dancer I think I would be a scientist or an academic working in some field of history or anthropology. When I was young I wanted to be an astronaut. Space is fascinating to me. I also like to discover things and expand my understanding of the world around me. History and anthropology play into that too. I also have an interest in performance psychology!
6.Do you remember the first ballet you ever saw? What was it and how did it affect you?
I don't remember the first ballet I saw! I was always a mover and my parents figured ballet would allow me to use my energy before coming home. I think it just made for a more curious and energetic young lady who would end up making a career out of it.
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