Stacey Carlson

Teaching Assistant
1943 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Stacey Carlson is a choreographer, dancer, aerialist who dabbles in storytelling, clowning and puppetry. She holds a BFA in Dance from Webster University and is certified in Pilates and Anti-gravity yoga.

Stacey is grateful to have had the opportunity to travel and see the world while performing on many small and large stages with various types of performances from modern dance to circuses: Cavalia (aerialist/dancer), Cirque Eloize’s ID (aerialist), Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium (aerialist/dancer), Notre Dame de Paris in Las Vegas (dancer), Li Chiao Ping Dance, Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble and Anti-gravity; to name just a few. Currently she is enjoying the discovery of the ‘secret life of puppets’ and thankful to have received one of the Jim Henson Family Fund Award for Puppetry (2017) here at UMD College Park.

She enjoys the opportunity to share her passion of movement and expression through performing and teaching with the communities around her. Most recently her experiences were while living in South Africa where she worked as a volunteer for a reading program at a local school and spent 3 weeks performing for and working with rural schools with Clowns Without borders South Africa, “allowing children to be children again through laughter.”

Teaching is a learning opportunity and a collaborative effort. No matter what level one is, there is always a challenge. Every day is different…with different energy, different needs. So, she is constantly looking for inspirations and modifications.