Chair and Artistic Director, Dance Department; Dance Faculty, Ballet
Carol Roderick is most recently an assistant professor of ballet at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has taught, coached, and trained teachers for professional companies, universities, and prestigious schools in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.
She received her early training in Boston, and later at Butler and Indiana Universities. Her formal pedagogical training was with the late Jürgen Schneider (Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre) and Gabriela Komleva (Kirov/Mariinski Ballet).
She was a member of the professional division faculties of Boston Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and The Harid Conservatory. She directed the Colorado Ballet School, Tulsa Ballet School, and Academy of Ballet Idaho. She was principal teacher of AIS Ballet in Kobe, Japan, for two years. She was the Program Manager for the Bolshoi Ballet at Vail, and also served as ballet mistress for the Cleo Parker Robinson New Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado. For many years, she ran her own preprofessional training program in Denver, Classical Ballet Ensemble.
She has coached and prepared students for the Prix de Lausanne, Japan Grand Prix, New York International Ballet Competition, and the USA International Ballet Competition, as well as local and regional scholarship competitions throughout the USA. She is also the director of the CSU Dance Teachers’ Institute, an annual training program for professional and aspiring instructors. She has been a guest teacher for many schools and companies, including The Harid Conservatory, Kansas City Ballet School, Boston Ballet, St. Paul City Ballet, Kumamoto Ballet (Japan), City of Osaka (Japan), and University of Utah.
She is known as a meticulous, skilled, and inspirational teacher. She is also a knowledgeable and precise coach and stager of classical repertoire. Her students are known for their clarity and strength of technique, musical expressiveness, and beautiful movement quality. Many of her students have gone on to professional performance, choreographic, and teaching careers.