Carrie Lee Riggins
Carrie Lee Riggins performed for the first time with New York City Ballet (NYCB) at the age of 9, cast as the lead Marie, in the Nutcracker. That was only one year after beginning her ballet training at The School of American Ballet. After several years on stage doing children’s roles with the company, Peter Martins (former director of NYCB) invited her to become an apprentice at 16. Carrie Lee danced professionally with NYCB for ten years performing many solos and principal parts as well as originating roles for such choreographers as Christopher Wheeldon, Eliot Feld, Garth Fagan, Kevin O’Day, Peter Martins, Christopher D’Amboise, Twyla Tharp and Peter Boal. She has performed in Seoul, Taipei, Australia (Melbourne Festival), Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Athens, Parma, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, London and St. Petersburg (White Nights Festival). Her tv and film appearances include “George Balancine’s The Nutcracker”, “Center Stage”, “House M.D.” (Episode: Under My Skin), “Black Swan, “Bringing Back Balanchine”, “Paris by Night 100”, “Dancing with the Stars”, Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America” (Season 4), UNIQLO’s Spring campaign (2009), and “Our Idiot Brother”.
She most recently was a faculty member at the Colburn Academy in Los Angeles teaching for Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette formerly with NYCB. In the summer of 2019, Carrie Lee became a faculty member of The Ballet Class.