Carson Rudisill Capps

…….started dancing as soon as she could hoist herself out of her own high chair to run in front of the TV every night during dinner to dance to the “Happy Days” theme song. So for her third Christmas, her grandparents gave her a dance costume to play dress up, which she immediately put on and was hooked. Her mom signed her up that next month for lessons, and right then, Carson knew without a doubt that this is what she would spend the rest of her life doing!  After countless dance recitals, rickety street fair performances, and endless Myrtle Beach dance competitions, it wasn’t until she was in her first show, Crazy For You, with Opera House Theatre Company in the summer of ’96, that she realized Broadway was an option for a career as a dancer.  Lucky for her, her singing career had already started in her shower years before, so when she realized she could sing and dance at the same time, she set her sights on New York City. And the rest is history!

Carson has excelled the past 10 years in New York City and Los Angeles, working professionally in every venue. She was in the hit Broadway show “WICKED” at the Gershwin Theatre, as the “Witch’s Mother,” & also in the Los Angeles, Chicago, and national touring companies. Others include: A Chorus Line (Cassie, Val, Kristine), Crazy For You, Footloose, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Funny Girl, Nights On Broadway, Celebrity Cruises. NEW YORK: Nothin’ Like A Dame (Marquis), Gypsy of the Year (Neil Simon), & Easter Bonnet (Minskoff), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “Young Liza” in Sing Happy: A Tribute to Liza Minnelli. UGA Dance Team (Capt. and Chor). Broadway Theatre Project Alumni, ‘98. TV and COMMERCIAL: One Life To Live, The Today Show, ESPN, Toys R’ Us, Bridezillas, Camel, Inside Edition, Dance Spirit, Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Proud AEA Member.

Carson has worked with truly the best in the business today: Anne Reinking, Ben Vereen (co star), Bebe Neuwirth (TV’s Cheers, Tony Award winner), Gregory Hines (Tony and Emmy Award Winner, tap dancer), Savion Glover (Tony Award winner for Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk), Shane Sparks (SYTYCD, You Got Served), Cris Judd, Dave Scott (Stomp The Yard, Step Up 2), Laurieann Gibson (Lady Gaga chor.), Brian Friedman (Britney Spears & N’SYNC chor), David Marquez, and many others. She toured with EMMY AWARD winners Mia Michaels and Wade Robson (both of So You Think You Can Dance), working alongside them with THE PULSE on Tour.   Lastly, Carson has had a long working relationship with TONY AWARD winner Andy Blankenbeuhler, namely on the Broadway hits In The Heights and 9 To 5 The Musical.  She and Andy lastly worked with Elton John, choreographing his Yellow Brick Road 25th Anniversary Concert in New York. See what Andy has to say about working with Carson!

Teaching credits include Broadway Dance Center, Dir. of Dance for US debut of Stagecoach in LA, the internationally acclaimed children’s theater program, the Dallas Ballet Center, & master classes nationally. She has judged on the national level for several competitions, and does private pageant and competitive dance choreography. University of Georgia, NYU’s CAP-21 Musical Theater Conservatory, New School University graduate with a BA in Fine Arts.

Currently, Carson is a proud faculty member at DREAMS of Wilmington, a non profit organization in downtown Wilmington.  Along with Allison Mason, she co-wrote, directed, and choreographed their 2010 show, “DREAMS Presents: Movin’ On Up.” The DREAMS Center for Arts Education is a 2007 winner of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ Coming Up Taller Award, the nation’s highest honor for after school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs.

She also choreographs for Wilmington’s premier downtown theatre company TACT (Thalian Association Children’s Theatre).  Latest project: Hollywood Boulevard of Dreams*see MEDIA page*

“I truly, truly love teaching just as much as performing. There is nothing better than seeing a child’s ‘light bulb’ go off when they finally get the step or watching them surprise themselves by doing something they didn’t know they could do. I remember extremely clearly how much I was affected in class growing up (and still to this day), and to think that I can provide that kind of atmosphere for other students is awe-inspiring and very humbling. I take that honor very seriously and strive to be the kind of teacher with whom I would want to study, one who handles each student and every class with focused energy, respect, gratitude, and encouragement.” ~Carson