Meet Caroline Rocher, who will teach ballet classes at our high school camp this summer.
Caroline Rocher began her training at the Conservatoire de Montpellier in France with Madame Claparède and later studied at the Rudra Béjart Lausanne School in Switzerland. In 1996 she moved to Paris to join the legendary Crazy Horse Cabaret as a soloist dancer. Then she went to NY in 1998 to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. After being a part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Dancing through barriers ensemble, she was then invited to join the Company in 1999, and was promptly promoted to principal dancer the following year. She performed leading roles in The Prodigal Son, Agon, Fancy Free, Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Apollo, The Four Temperaments, Creole Giselle, Dwight Rhoden’s Twist, Glen Tetley’s Sphinx and Michael Smuin’s Saint-Louis Woman. In May of 2000, Caroline performed George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue with New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel at the New York State Theater as a part of NYCB/Dance Theater of Harlem collaboration. In October of 2000, she danced with Vladimir Malakhov at The Carrier Transition for Dancers Gala. She also took part in “Le Gala des Etoiles du 21ième siècle” in Paris in 2004, and moved to Munich, Germany to join the Bayerisches Staatsballett where she danced the classics like Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Raymonda, Giselle, Roméo et Juliette and works by John Neumier (Kameliendame), William Forsythe (Limb’s theorem), Jacopo Godani (Elemental) and Hans Van Manen (Fünf Tango, Black Cake). Then, in 2006 she danced with the Lyon Opéra Ballet in France, where she performed William Forsythe’s Steptext and Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tänze. In 2007, Caroline moved back to the States and joined Alonzo King Lines Ballet. This is her second season with the company.