Carol Smitherman Anglin - Artistic Director
Carol Anglin is the owner of Carol Anglin Dancenter, Inc. and is founder and Artistic Director of the Louisiana Dance Foundation (LDF) and resident dance company, Louisiana Dance Theatre (LDT), an Honor Company of Regional Dance America/SW (RDA/SW), which has performed throughout America, Russia, and Europe. Carol trained in Chicago and New York at the Zaki Labovsky School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and other prominent schools. A multi-disciplinary artist, Carol received degrees from the University of Alabama (Dance/Choreography) and Louisiana Tech University (Art/Education), and was one of 18 international teachers accepted to New York University where she studied with Mme. Claude Bessey and Serge Golovine, Directors of the Paris Opera Ballet School. Carol is on the Board of Directors of Regional Dance America/SW and Chicago's Jazz Dance World Congress. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at LSUS, and for the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches where she taught advanced ballet and pointe classes. She is a member of the Arts-in-Education Advisory Committee for the Louisiana Superintendent of Education, and is on the Advisory Board for the Louisiana Alliance for Arts Education and the Louisiana Alliance for Dance. For the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Carol has served on the Dance, Arts in Education, and Statewide Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary grants panels. Regional Dance America/SW awarded Carol the 2004 Stream Award for outstanding artistic direction; artistic growth and excellence; and commitment to the Regional Dance America movement. Other honors include Harrah's 2000 Constellation Award; SRAC's Artist Fellowship (1995 & 2001); 1995 Living Legend Award; 1996 Athena Award Finalist; and Shreveport Chamber of Commerce's Top Ten Business Persons of the Year where she was honored at the Governor's mansion. She is also a graduate of the 21st Century Leadership Program at LSUS.
Carol's choreography has been accepted to the Jazz Dance World Congress - Choreography Competitive Event (1992-96 & 2002) where she was awarded Honorable Mention at the Kennedy Center for First Circle - Full Circle. Her choreography has also been selected for several Regional Dance America/SW Gala Performances and to the Tanzsommer Innsbruck International Ballet Festival in Austria (1999 & 2004). Carol has created choreography for regional, college, and civic ballet companies and theatres since 1972. Locally, since 1982, Carol has choreographed for the Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Symphony, Red River Revel, Strand Theatre, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Sci-Port, Shreveport Little Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Shreveport/Bossier Convention and Tourism Bureau, Peter Pan Players, Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, and others. For 36 years, Carol has taught in public and private schools, colleges and universities, and professional dance schools throughout America including New York's Broadway Dance Center and Steps. She was the first American to teach modern dance at the School of Marina Semyonova in Moscow in 1990. As dance artist-in-residence for the Red River Revel, Carol instructs 7,500 fourth graders annually since 1996. She has served as children's rehearsal director for several Nutcracker performances including Ballet South, Ballet Mississippi, Delta Festival Ballet, and the Moscow Ballet (1997-2006). Carol has choreographed 10 opera's for the Shreveport Opera including the company's 50th Anniversary production of Samson et Dalila. Nationally known artist/illustrator William Joyce, selected Carol to choreograph the World Premiere of the Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. She also served as a judge for the 1998 Miss USA Pageant©. As director of LDF, Carol has produced more than 175 master classes, workshops and performances with local and professional dancers and professional companies including the Feld Ballet, Alvin Ailey II, Ballet Eddy Toussaint de Montreal, Korea's Universal Ballet, and Billy Siegenfield's Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. Many of her students have received acceptance/scholarships to major dance programs and companies and are pursuing college and professional dance careers (Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Jacob's Pillow, New World School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, Fordham University and more).
Carol is committed to improving the quality of dance in north Louisiana by providing professional dance training and performance opportunities for area dancers and the community at large. She is committed to the regional ballet movement as a means of decentralizing dance and improving artistic standards in grassroots America. Carol attended the USA International Ballet Competition School for teachers and artistic directors in June 2006. She is the proud mother of three wonderful children, John Anthony, Alexander, and Bailey Frances Anglin.