South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Nicole Carrion

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Nicole started her dance training at the age of four at Columbia Conservatory of Dance under the instruction of William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda. At eight-years-old she danced the role of “Clara” in Nutcracker and then a few years later performed the role of “Victoria” in Dracula: Ballet with a Bite.

She has spent summers dancing at Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet on a Youth American Grand Prix Scholarship, Houston Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. She continued her training at Columbia Classical Ballet for a short time before attending the year-round school at Houston Ballet at the highest level.

During her training at Houston Ballet, she performed in many ballets such as Le Conservatoire, Tales of Texas, Serenade, Concerto and Graduation Ball.  She then spent two seasons as a member of Tulsa Ballet ll. During her time in Tulsa, she performed in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow and Edward Liang’s Romeo and Juliet.

This will be Nicole’s fourth season with Columbia City Ballet and first as a Demi-Soloist. She’s performed in “Dance of the Cygnets” from Swan Lake, Dracula:  Ballet with a Bite, Beatles The Ballet, “Dew Drop Fairy” and “Chinese Tea” from Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beauty and the Beast. She has also performed as “Bluebird” in The Sleeping Beauty.