Carolyn Ferraro, Dance Educator & Choreographer
Growing up in rural Hunterdon County a young Carolyn Marie embraced the country life, but also yearned to perform for thousands underneath the bright stage lights. She studied at some of the best and most sought after dance schools on the east coast such as New Jersey School of Ballet and Ballet Forte. In summer 2009 at 16 years old, she was selected as one of 32 students worldwide to participate in the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Summer Musical Theatre Program at CAP 21, a fully accredited college program. Carolyn later auditioned for and was accepted into the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble where she performed at the Joyce Theater (NYC), Summer Stage in Central Park (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark) just to name a few. She also performed in New Jersey Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Carolyn auditioned for and was accepted into Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for dance. While in college her ballet teacher invited her to audition for New Jersey Youth Theater/NJPAC where she performed in tours of Kiss Me, Kate at NJPAC (Newark) and Smokey Joes Cafe. Carolyn was then inspired to continue singing and started to write her own music. Her unstoppable enthusiasm and exacting nature led her to seek out and work with top industry professionals such as multiplatinum and Grammy award winning producer, Earl Cohen, and EMI/Sony ATV producer, Synematik.
When Carolyn wasn't in the studio writing or recording she was attending Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University full time, juggling her full-fledged music career with the rigorous demands of the dance conservatory program where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University in May of 2014. She was nominated for "Outstanding New Band/Soloist of 2014" in the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LMVAs), was a finalist in RAWards for "Musician of the Year" representing New York City and her song," Surrender", from her debut EP Backstage Pass was awarded finalist in the prestigious US Songwriting Competition. Another song from her debut, "Take Back The Power", Carolyn's collaboration with inspirational icon Eric LeGrand , attracted major media outlets across the New York metropolitan area like Fox 5 o'clock news, NBC10 Philadelphia, NJ.com, Magic 98.3, and many more creating major buzz and anticipation for this powerful and motivational anthem. Signing with Swedish record label, Substream Music Group, is this rock stars latest triumph. Carolyn Marie is determined to turn her childhood dream into an empire, one performance at a time.