Carrie VanOsten grew up dancing in southwest Virginia, with the Shenandoah Academy of Dance. She continued her love of dance at Mercyhurst University, earning a bachelor's of fine arts in dance with a minor in arts administration. There, she had the opportunity to work with many wonderful teachers, including Tauna Hunter, Nilas Martin's, and Alicia Alonso. She studied ballet, primarily, as well as modern, jazz, tap, and liturgical dance. She joined Roanoke Ballet Theatre directly after graduation and is excited to continue her teaching journey here.