is a dancer/choreographer/musician who has performed internationally with some of the foremost dance companies and musicians of the African Diaspora, including Papa Ladji Camara West African Dance and Drum Ensemble, the Jean Leon Destine Afro-Haitian Dance Company, La Troupe Makandal, Roots of Brazil, Afro Caribbean Women's Group Retumba, Eddie Torres, and Tito Puente. She has an MFA in Dance from The University of Michigan. In addition to Queens College, she is currently at New York University Steinhardt School of Education as Adjunct Professor of Jazz and African dance, and The Fashion Institute of Technology as Professor of Jazz dance. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan.
Carolyn recently completed a 2 year grant project (2014-2016) with the New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division at Lincoln Center, where she served as Director for the African Dance Interview Project. The mission was to identify and document the stories of legendary dancers and choreographers from Africa and the Diaspora, who are currently teaching artists in New York City. This initiative was funded by the Mertz Gilmore Grant foundation. All 12 interviews, and a Public Program co-sponsored by Dance/NYC also produced for this project, can be accessed online at NYPL's Digital Collections.