- IBT Contemporary Choreographer
Cari-Lenn Orr is a native North Carolinian. She began her dance training right here in Raleigh, North Carolina at Washington Elementary School at age ten, and continued training throughout her pre-college years. She went on to attend The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Contemporary Studies, and later moved to New York City, New York to study at The Ailey School. In 2001, Ms. Orr graduated from Ailey’s Certificate Program and furthered her affiliation with the institution by assisting the former Director, the late Denise Jefferson. During her career in New York, Ms. Orr had the opportunity to work with notable artists and choreographers such as Matthew Rushing, Earl Mosley, Hope Boykin, Fredrick Moore, LaTrisa Harper and other well-known artists in the dance world. She also performed with a variety of dance and theater companies throughout the New York/New Jersey and D.C. area. Ms. Orr was a guest artist with the Broadway cast of The Lion King for an annual fund-raising performance and held an apprenticeship with Urban Bush Women. Her passion for dance extended from the stage to the studio where she served on faculty for different outreach programs and art conservatories teaching dance to children and adults of all ages. Having returned back to Raleigh, Ms. Orr considers it a privilege to serve such a talented group of individuals.