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Darrah Carr / 2010 Top 40 Under 40

Age 35 Place of Birth Toledo, Ohio Where you live New York First Job

Teaching dance at summer camp What it taught me Patience! And, the realization that teaching is alot like performing in that you have to be engaging in order to hold the students' attention, you have to be able to improvise in case your plans go awry, and you have to be attuned to the response from the group. Status Married Family Husband David Byrne & daughter Cavan Eileen Byrne (17 months) Three things people would be surprised to know about me: 1. I love to cook and to create my own recipies. 2. My family lived in Germany when I was young and I'm well versed in the language. 3. In June, I'll begin doctoral coursework leading to a PhD in Dance.

Best advice you could give someone starting out Be persistent. Be open-minded. Be true to yourself.

Darrah Carr - choreographer, dancer, professor, writer - coined the term ModERIN to describe her signature blend of Irish and modern dance. Performance highlights include: Darrah Carr Dance's 10th Anniversary Season at the Irish Arts Center, "The Yeats Project" at the Irish Repertory Theatre, NBC's "The Today Show," and an upcoming engagement with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on March 12. A Professor of Dance at Hofstra University, she designed "Irish Steps & Studies" for their new Irish Studies program and has taught courses in Dance History, Modern Dance, and Ballet. Carr contributed a chapter to Close to the Floor: Irish Dance from the Boreen to Broadway and writes for a variety of dance publications. She holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University. In June, she will begin doctoral study leading to a PhD in Dance. In addition to her work with Darrah Carr Dance, Carr has performed with leading Irish musicians including Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, Michael Londra, and Andy Cooney and frequently appears in duet with Niall O'Leary. She and husband David are proud parents of daughter Cavan Eileen (17 months).

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