Ariel McCarty


Originally from Allen, TX, Ariel McCarty began dancing/ballet at the age of three. At the age of nine, she began training in Dallas at Texas Ballet Theatre under the direction of Jan Miller and Lyndette Galen. Ariel relocated to Denver to begin training with Colorado Ballet Academy’s Pre-Professional program under Valerie Madonia and Erica Fischbach.

While in the Academy, she had the opportunity to perform in numerous pieces and excerpts including as Swanilda in the Academy’s full production of Coppelia. As a part of her training, Ariel attended many summer intensives including TBTS, ABT, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet, School of OBT and DanceTheatre of Harlem, where her well-rounded training continued. In 2017, she was promoted to Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and then to Apprentice in 2018. Ariel was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2020.

Allen, TX

Dance and training awards:
Texas Ballet Theatre Dallas School
Colorado Ballet Academy
Summer programs: Texas Ballet Theatre School, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Colorado Ballet Academy, School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem
Awarded full scholarships for Colorado Ballet Academy Pre-professional Program and summer programs for School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem
Youth America Grand Prix Denver Semi-finals 1st Place Ensemble 2017
Youth America Grand Prix Dallas Semi-finals 1st Place Ensemble 2015, Top 12 Ensemble 2012-2015
Youth America Grand Prix NY Finals Ensemble 2012-2015
Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Graded Exams (Ballet)

Joined Colorado Ballet:
Pre-professional Program 2015
Studio Company 2017
Company Apprentice 2018

Promoted from Pre-professional to Studio Company in 2017
Promoted to Company Apprentice in 2018
Promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2020

Selected roles and ballets:
The Nutcrucker
Romeo and Juliet
Pillar of Fire
Movin Out (excerpt) Brenda
Les Patineurs (Ashton) Pas de Deux, Corps
Viva Vivaldi (Arpino)