Caroline Richardson

Caroline Richardson was born in Colorado, U.S.A. and trained at  The School of American Ballet~Juilliard,  American Ballet Theater II and  The National Ballet School. She is a former First Soloist with  The National Ballet of Canada and danced with the company for 10 years from 1985 to 1995 beginning her professional career at 17. With  The National Ballet, she performed an extensive contemporary and classical repertoire internationally and worked with many of the world’s leading choreographers: Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, John  Neumeier, John Alleyne, Christopher House, David Parsons and Robert Desrosiers.  Coaches and teachers include: Eric Bruin, Magdalena Popa, Sergiu Stefanski, Joysanne Sidemus, Reid Anderson, Joanne Nisbet, Roslyn Anderson and Natalia Makarova among others. Aside Caroline also performed as a guest artist at the  Hamburg Ballet 20th Anniversary Gala  under John Neumeier and assisted William Forsythe in the setting of the second detail on  Frankfurt Ballet. 

As an independent dance artist, Caroline has collaborated and performed in many projects creating an impressive body of work.  She has danced in:  Andrea Nann's  Pulse  at the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, Toronto’s  Dancer's for Life Benefit~National Commission  and the  Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Caroline has also performed numerous pieces in the annual  Well World Dance Benefit  in Toronto including the solo  InsideSand  by Peter Chin, Owen Montegue's Arenal and  Salmo Del Viento, Michael Ondaantje’s  The Nine Sentiments {choreographed by Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek} as well as her first solo work  Inda~Horses Never Lie with Karen Kain as mentor. She has worked in studio  with Peggy Baker learning selected repertoire and participated in  TheNational Ballet's Choreographic Labs  with dance artist Bill James.  

In her early film work, she began with director Jurgen Lutz’s  A Moving Picture choreographed by Ann Ditchburn featuring Leonard Cohen and  Elimination Dance with Michael Ondaatje and director  Bruce MacDonald. Music videos include work with Jane Sibery, Blue Rodeo, Sarah Mclachlan and Moby.                                                                                                                                                             

Short films have been made of her work in Arenal and Salmo Del Viento both directed by Rob Gray~this gave her “Honorary Mention” for her performance in  Arenal  by the jury of the  Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video   in Toronto.  Other films include:  Bone~shot in Tunisia with director Gregory Nixon,  The Rings of Saturn choreographed by Robert Desrosiers/directed by Mose Mossanen and  The Nine Sentiments~part of a CBC film, Shadow Pleasures directed by Veronica Tennant. Her film Horses Never Lie  directed by Kathi Prosser won her  an  American Choreography Award for  Outstanding Achievement in Short Film and was honored by juries from the  Moving Pictures of Dance on Film and Video Festival Toronto, the  Dance on Camera Festival  at Lincoln  Center New York and the  Dance Camera WestFilm Festival  at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Caroline  also contributed to the film’s musical score on solo acoustic guitar alongside Greg Keelor of  Blue Rodeo, cellist Anne Bourne of Loreena Mckennitt/Jane Sibery and composer Tom Third. Additional film screenings include:  World Wide Short Film Festival Toronto,  Ultima Oslo Norway,  New Jersey State Film Festival at Cape May,  Screendance Festival Pennsylvania,  High Performance Rodeo Festival Calgary,  Victoria International Film Festival, TTV Festival Bologna Italy, Napolidanza-II Choreographo Festival Italy, Festival Internacional de Video-danza de Buenos Aires Argentina, Edinburgh Film Festival and multiple screenings of  Horses Never Lie  ran at the  2010 Winter Olympics  in Vancouver with containeR. Her most recent film Sacred Earth/Living Temples with director Jan Nickman, premiered at the Patagonia Wild and Scenic Film Festival  and aired on  PBS National U.S.A

Caroline continues to work with dance in film. She also currently teaches and coaches in Colorado for the Palm Arts Dance Program in Telluride, Weehawken Creative Arts in Ridgway and works with numerous schools throughout the United States and Canada in summer dance intensives. 


Classroom Locations

* It’s important to know that some classes may be held in other locations that may not be listed below. Locations will be specified accordingly in class descriptions.

Weehawken Ridgway

Primary staff office
1075 Sherman Street
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 318-0150

The Sherbino Theater

604 Clinton Street
Ridgway, CO 81432

Hypoxia Gym

1900 550 Uncompahgre National Forest
Ouray, CO 81432

Weehawken Montrose

310 S 9th Street
Montrose, CO 81401

Wright Opera House

472 Main Street
Ouray, CO 81427

Montrose Field House

25 Colorado Ave. 
Montrose, CO 81401