The Company

Lara O’Brien

Lara O’Brien

From: Chicago, Illinois
Joined: 2001

Lara O’Brien grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois outside Chicago. She began dancing at age 8 and trained with the School of Ballet Chicago and the School of American Ballet in New York City. In 2000, Ms. O’Brien was the Dance American National Cultural Exchange scholarship student and was chosen to train at the Royal Danish Ballet for two months. She joined Carolina Ballet in 2001 as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2003 Ms. O’Brien was chosen by Lynne Taylor-Corbett to dance the lead in The Ugly Duckling and shortly after was made a soloist in 2004. In 2011, Ms. O’Brien was promoted to Principal. Ms. O’Brien has originated several principal roles by Robert Weiss, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Zalman Raffael, Marin Boieru, Attila Bongar and Tyler Walters and danced several more by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Stowell.

Roles Choreographed on Ms. O'Brien by Robert Weiss:
Des Images
The Woman with the Parasol in Gardens at Giverny
Grosse Fuge
Backstage at the Ballet
Princess variation in Swan Lake

By Lynne Taylor-Corbett:
The Ugly Duckling
Appalachian Stories, Carolina Jamboree
Love Speaks

By Tyler Walters:
Kick

Featured Roles with Carolina Ballet:
Carmen
Romeo and Juliet
Coppelia
Messiah
Nutcracker
Tempest Fantasy
Lost and Found
(Choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett)
Intrigue (by Timour Bourtasenkov)
Light and Dark (by Timour Bourtasenkov)
Five Geometric Dances (by Tyler Walters)
Game Over (by Tyler Walters)
Miraculous Mandarin (by Attila Bongar)
The Moor's Pavane (by Jose Limon)
Movement Poem (by Christopher Wheeldon)
The American (by Christopher Wheeldon)
Les Esprits d'Eau (by Donald Mahler)
Soaring (by Donald Mahler)

By George Balanchine:
Agon
La Sonnambula
Prodigal Son
Who Cares?
Divertimento #15
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Four Temperaments
Rubies
Square Dance
Donizetti Variations
Allegro Brillante
Concerto Barocco
Valse Fantaisie

Dancer Sponsors:
Chip and Judy Anderson

Pointe Shoe Sponsors:
Thomas E. Powell, IV and Elizabeth Powell