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Carol Finley

Head of Department of Dance and Theatre, Professor of Dance

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8 Weatherspoon
(919) 760-8015

Areas of Expertise

Choreography, improvisation, modern, ballet, dance for camera, and production for dance

Work Experience

Professional biography

Carol Kyles Finley serves as director of dance and artistic director of Meredith Dance Theatre. Her works for stage have been performed in many North Carolina venues and at The Ohio State University, James Madison University, Florida State College Jacksonville, the North Carolina Dance Festival tour, Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY, Open Flight Studios in Seattle, Third Avenue Performance Space in Columbus, the ACDFA Mid-Atlantic Regional Festival, Southeast Regional Festival and the National Festival in Washington, DC. Her videodance works have been screened at San Souci Festival of Dance in Cinema, Toronto’s Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film, the New York Dance Films Association Festival and Tour, Festival Riccione in Italy, Wexner Center for the Arts, Goose Route Festival, ODC Theatre in San Francisco, and can be seen on’s Dance For Camera channel. She has served as guest artist at James Madison University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, North Carolina State University, middle and high schools across the state, and on the board of directors of the North Carolina Dance Alliance. She co-directs It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions based in Bellingham, WA; Raleigh, NC; and Jacksonville, FL with Susan Haines and Talani Torres. 

Her 2014-15 season includes a residency with the State of Dance hosted by Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh and serving as Adjudicator at the East Central Regional ACDA Conference. 

Finley’s “Prelude to Settling” co-choreographed with Lacy Lowder (‘11), was selected for the 2012 American College Dance Festival National Gala performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In spring 2005 she received a Harry and Marion Eberly Faculty Development Award and in fall 2005 she was recognized by NCAAHPERD as the D.A.N.C.E. College Dance Educator of the Year. She is the 2012-13 recipient of the Pauline Davis Perry Award for Research/Artistic Achievement at Meredith College.

Finley teaches Perspectives in Dance; Ballet I, II, III and IV; Improvisation I; Participation in Choreographic Projects; Movement Analysis; Music for Dance; Composition II; Technical Production for Dance; Dance Repertory; and Meredith Dance Theatre.

Academic Credentials

MFA in Dance, Choreography from The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Environmental Design, Graphic Design from North Carolina State University

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