Caroline Fermin received her early training in the Vagonova technique from Constantin Apetrei, a dancer from the Bolshoi Ballet. She later graduated from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and obtained her BFA in dance from the Juilliard School. Post-graduation she worked for a variety of ballet and modern dance companies and choreographers including James Sewell Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, Sidra Bell, Adam Weinert, Jeanette Stoner, and Damien Woetzel. The majority of her performance career has been as a founding member and performer for Gallim Dance. During her six years at Gallim she served in the roles of Rehearsal Director and Dancer Representative. Most significantly, she spearheaded the education arm of the company, serving as Education Chair.
As a choreographer, Caroline specializes in collaborative work. She has created with musicians, actors, sculptors, painters, filmmakers, and fashion houses. Her work is concerned with how humans interact with one another and their environment. No matter the project, her aims are towards building community and connections. Her work has been presented across the United States, and this year she has been commissioned to create a new work for Stockton University’s dance program.
As an advocate for art in communities, Caroline works extensively with civic engagement programs. She brings her expertise in arts pedagogy and youth leadership to organizations such as Juilliard, Dancewave, and Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). She works in public schools as a teaching artist for New York City Center, serving grades K-12. Caroline has run large-scale dance education programs at Snow College (Utah) and in New Orleans in collaboration with the Juilliard School. The New Orleans Project was designed to provide aid and artistic exchange in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It ran for a subsequent decade, bringing hundreds of young Juilliard artists to the city for community engagement work. Caroline has brought her education perspective all over the world, teaching master classes and workshops at SUNY Purchase, Wesleyan, NYU, and Harvard among others. She has served as an adjunct dance professor at Mount Holyoke and Barnard College/Columbia University.
This year will see Caroline teaching for her fourth year at Barnard College, specializing in improvisation and classical modern techniques. Caroline lives in New York City with her cat Nell, and they both enjoy birdwatching.