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Darrah E. Carr

Adjunct Professor of Drama and Dance


MFA, 2000, New York Univ (NYU); BA, 1996, Wesleyan Univ


Darrah Carr holds an MFA from New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University. Named one of the ?Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year? by Irish America Magazine, Carr grew up in Ohio where she and her three sisters enrolled in the Tim O'Hare School of Irish Dance as a means of celebrating their Irish herigtage. Now based in New York City, Carr has been active for over a decade in both the Irish and modern dance communities as a choreographer, dancer, educator, and writer.

In addition to her work as Artistic Director of Darrah Carr Dance, Carr has collaborated independently with a number of esteemed artists. Carr served as the assistant choreographer to Sean Curran for the TONY award winning Broadway musical ?James Joyce?s The Dead? and has set original works on Trinity Irish Dance?s Junior Company (Chicago), the Nassau Dance Theatre (Baldwin, Long Island) the Mise Eire Irish Dancers (Babylon, Long Island) and Hofstra University?s Dance Majors (Hempstead, Long Island). Carr has choreographed scenes for the Lite Theater Company?s production of ?King Stag? in Prospect Park and has coached actors for performances at The Producer?s Club. She and her Dublin born Irish step dance partner, Niall O?Leary, have performed their duet act in a variety of locations ranging from Disney World to the Osaka Festival Hall in Japan. Carr has performed with Banshee, an Irish Women?s Arts Collective, featured recently in a BBC documentary. She has also had the privilege of performing with many renowned musicians including: Mick Moloney at New York?s Town Hall, Natalie MacMaster at Prospect Park?s Celebrate Brooklyn, and Arlo Guthrie and the Vanaver Caravan at West Point. Carr has performed on New York 1 and can also be seen tapping away in ?The Guru,? a feature film starring Heather Graham.

Carr?s own work is the subject of a New York University Master?s Documentary entitled Reel Steps, and she has choreographed scenes for the independent film Right Foot/Left Foot.  Carr is a Professor of Dance History and Irish Dance at Hofstra University and she has been a Guest Artist at Manhattanville College, Adelphi University, and Queensbourough Community College. Carr teaches children and adults at her ModERIN Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is associated with the Niall O?Leary School of Irish Dance, where she taught for seven years. Carr frequently conducts Arts in Education programs through Young Audiences New York, Young Audiences New Jersey, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and Folk Feet. She was chosen as the 2002 and 2005 Artist in the Schools for the Yard?s educational programs in Chilmark, Massachusetts.

Carr is a respected scholar of Irish dance and has twice presented her research findings at conferences of the Congress on Research in Dance. She has contributed papers to Close to the Floor, a percussive dance symposium held at New York University?s Ireland House and also at Dance Research Forum Ireland?s first conference at the University of Limerick. Carr has lectured at Wesleyan University, Eastern Connecticut State University, St. John?s University, and Kingsbourough Community College. Carr is a frequent contributor to Dance Magazine, Dance Studio Life, and Dancer, and is the North American Editor of The Dance Insider.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DNCE 128 HISTORY OF DANCE Undergraduate
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