Darrah Carr

Darrah Carr holds an MFA degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University. She is pursuing doctoral work leading to a PhD in Dance Studies through Texas Woman’s University. Carr has been active for nearly 15 years in both the modern and Irish dance communities as a choreographer, dancer, educator, and writer. She is the artistic director of Darrah Carr Dance, and she describes her choreographic style as ModERIN: a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. Recent New York City performance highlights include: NBC’s The Today Show, a guest performance with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The Duke Theater on 42nd Street, and Celebrate Brooklyn. Darrah Carr Dance has performed at venues throughout the United States, including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, and The Goose Route Dance Festival, and the company has toured internationally throughout Ireland and Canada. For their performance of “Dingle Diwali” at Symphony Space, Darrah Carr Dance and guest choreographer Seán Curran were nominated for a 2012 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for "Outstanding Production of a Work that Pushes the Boundaries of a Traditional or Culturally Specific Form.”

Carr is a professor of dance at Hofstra University and has been a guest choreographer at Adelphi University, Manhattanville College, and Queensborough Community College. She is a respected scholar and has presented her research findings at the Congress on Research in Dance, the World Dance Alliance, and Dance Research Forum Ireland. Carr has contributed numerous articles to Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Dance Studio Life, Dancer and The Dance Insider. She recently contributed a chapter to “Close to the Floor: Irish Dance from the Boreen to Broadway,” published by Macater Press. Carr is honored to be named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by The Irish Echo and one of the “Most Influential Women of 2010” by The Irish Voice.