Carol Finley

Carol Finley

Head of Department of Dance and Theatre, Professor of Dance

8 Weatherspoon

(919) 760-8015


Professional biography

Carol Kyles Finley is an award-winning professor, dancer, and choreographer. She currently serves as Professor, Director of Dance, Department Chair of Dance and Theatre, and Artistic Director of Meredith Dance Theatre.

Her works for stage have been performed in many local venues and at The Ohio State University, James Madison University, the North Carolina Dance Festival tour, Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, Third Avenue Performance Space in Columbus, Open Flight in Seattle, the Memphis Fringe Festival, many American College Dance Association (ACDA) Mid-Atlantic Conferences and galas, ACDA Southeast Regional Festival, and two ACDA National Conferences in Washington, DC.

Her works for camera have been screened at Sans Souci Festival of Dance 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, and ODC Theatre in San Francisco. She has served as guest artist at North Carolina State University, James Madison University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, middle and high schools across North Carolina, and on the board of directors of the North Carolina Dance Alliance.

Locally, she directs the Carol Finley Dance Group and regularly serves as a guest teacher and judge for the NC Governor’s School.  She recently received the Pauline Davis Perry Award for Research/Artistic Achievement at Meredith College and an Independent Artist Grant from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County; In 2015 Finley served as an adjudicator at the ACDA East Central Conference.

Finley teaches Beginning Dance Technique; Perspectives in Dance; Ballet II, III and IV; Dance History; Dance in Society; Improvisation I; Participation in Choreographic Projects; Movement Analysis; Music for Dance; Composition II; Technical Production for Dance; Dance Repertory; Meredith Dance Theatre; and practica courses that comprise the spring production, DanceWorks.

One of Finley’s greatest joys as a professor are the moments when she can empower a student to pursue her passion in dance. Watch her Strong Story video to see how she teaches students to build on their individual strengths.

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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