Cara has been teaching dance in the New England area since 2005 and has been dancing since the age of three. She grew up in Portland, where she studied at Maine State Ballet, Portland Ballet, and Casco Bay Movers. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a B.A. in English/Journalism and a minor in Dance. She was a member of the UNH Dance Company and also had the opportunity to study aerial dance!
After college, she worked for several years as a news, features, and sports reporter in the Boston area, but kept finding herself pulled to dance. She performed with DancEdge, Intimations Dance, OnStage Dance Company, DanceWorks Boston, the Boston Cannons Dance Team, and the Lowell Devils Ice Girls. As a teacher, Cara worked with students at Broadway Bound Dance Center, the Arlington Dance Place, Starline Academy for the Performing Arts, and Creative Steps Dance Studio. Cara also spent five years working for Boston Ballet School, serving in multiple roles as well as completing the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Training in August 2016.
In 2018, Cara founded the Joy and Movement (JAM) Adaptive Dance Program. JAM is a fully inclusive dance curriculum for children with physical, developmental, learning, and/or sensory differences. She designed the curriculum specifically to provide her students with opportunities to enhance their gross and fine motor skills, balance, coordination, social skills, self-esteem, communication, and self-regulation.
Cara earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy in May 2019 from Lesley University. She is also an Endorsed Practitioner of Rainbowdance, a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor, and a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) with the American Dance Therapy Association.
Cara joined the Joy of Dance family in 2020. When not dancing, Cara works as a clinical counselor at a therapeutic boarding school. She loves baseball, hockey, ice skating, kayaking, running, reading the Sunday newspaper, and doing crossword puzzles!