School of Theatre & Dance

Andrew Carroll



Andrew Carroll holds a BFA in Dance, and an MA in Arts Administration. Mr. Carroll has an extensive background in the performing arts, which includes performing nationally and internationally for nine years as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company in Philadelphia, and a principal with the Ohio Ballet prior to that. His repertoire included: Prince Siegfried in SwanLake, The Cavalier in The Nutcracker, principal roles in the Balanchine ballets of Square Dance, Serenade, Allegro Brilliant, TheFour Temperaments, Agon, Western Symphony and Symphony in C among others, as well as principal roles in the works of Marius Petipa, William Forsythe, David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor, Christopher d’Amboise, Alvin Ailey, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino , Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Doug Varone. His career spanned performing throughout the United States, including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Joyce Theatre in Manhattan, The Spoleto Festival in Spoleto Italy and Charleston South Carolina, as well as appearing throughout South America, China and Europe. In 1994, he was named one of six cultural ambassadors to the City of Philadelphia. 

 

In 1996, Mr. Carroll joined the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration at The University of Akron, where he was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2003.  At UA, he taught advanced levels of Ballet, History and Choreography and was the Director of The University of Akron Dance Company for 13 years.  He also helped to organize and plan numerous campus residencies and outreach programs, including The David Parsons Dance Company, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Doug Varone and Dancers, Taylor II and Jennifer Muller/The Works. He has been a master teacher, choreographer and guest artist at Towson University, Grande Valley University, Verbs Ballets, The Rock School, The Ohio Ballet and The Canton Ballet. 

In 2010, Mr. Carroll joined USF, where he now teaches all levels of ballet, history and partnering. In 2010, he was commissioned by The Florida Department of Health to produce a pop culture dance video to illustrate necessary directives and procedures for new cleaning staffs in reference to high touch surfaces and proper protocol of cleaning illustrated through dance and music. This video, completed in 2011, is now used nationally and internationally, and led to a second commission, completed in January 2012 for Nursing Homes.  A third commission came shortly after, completed July 2012 for In Line Nursing initiatives.  Mr Carroll continued this research agenda by utilizing dance via the video platform as a new language in the architecture of social justice education, awareness and advocacy.  To this end, he then researched and completed a similar project in April 2012 for which he produced a dance video that illustrated the social issue of bullying.  The bullying video has reached a national and international audience via its use as a lead in for bullying programs throughout US teen advocacy agencies such as TAG in Atlanta and Foundations in Denver, as well as several bullying organizations including Pacer's in Minnesota, Stand for the Silent national website and the greater Los Angeles public school system.  Through invitation the video has been requested as a resource tool for similar international institutions, including Bullying. No Way! throughout greater Australia, The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum in Northern Ireland, KiVa Bullying Organization in Finland, Respectme in Scotland, and Escola Americana do Rio de Janiero, Brazil, among others.  In 2013, Mr. Carroll was awarded funding to produce a new video, geared towards the social issue of dating/domestic violence. This video was solicited through invitation by domestic violence organizations in Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Belgium, and Belarus amongst others for dating violence education.  In addition, the CDC in Atlanta requested the video for their educational programs on this subject.  In 2015 Mr. Carroll produced a new video geared toward suicide awareness.  Mr. Carroll was honored to collaborate with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for this project.  The suicide video was subsequently requested via invitation from prestigious organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Association of American Schools in South America, and the CDC as well as other suicide awareness organizations in France, Ukraine, South Africa, England, Italy and Australia amongst others.  Mr. Carroll’s research using dance as a communication tool to address medical and social issues and subsequent video work  has been featured on the ABC, CBS, FOX and Bay News 9 television news networks.  Mr. Carroll is an international speaker, and has presented at conferences in Austria, Hungary, Greece and Hawaii, and has published articles in ArtsReach, World Arts Today, Art Times Journal and DanceUSA’s e-journal among others. He is a sought after guest artist teacher, and has taught numerous Master Classes in ballet at The Florida Dance Festival, The Patel Conservatory, The Rock School, and Le Centre, L’Abbaye de Pontevoy, France.

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