Cornelius Carter (born Greenville, Mississippi) is a dancer, choreographer, and professor of dance. The director of dance at the University of Alabama, besides the artistic director of Transition into Performance (TiP) and of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.
Carter won a scholarship to The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, after high school. He received his M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and joined the Cleo Robinson Parker Dance Ensemble and studied at The Ailey School on scholarship.
His first major appointment was as the new artistic director for one of the first contemporary dance companies and schools in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama since 1992 and was tenured in 1998. Carter has been a faculty member at the American Ballet Theatre, American Dance Festival (Moscow 1997 and Korea 2002), Bates Dance Festival, and Harvard Summer Dance Festival.
In 2001, Carter was named "Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the first dance teacher in over a decade to receive that honor. Carter was also awarded the 2001-2002 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award by the Alabama Alumni Association.
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