Carol Schwarzkopf is an accomplished coach and teaching artist with additional expertise in non profit management. She has taught dance, pedagogy, and coached across the education spectrum in public and private schools as well as colleges and universities. In her work as a consultant, she has designed and implemented funding programs, advised, advocated, and lobbied in service to the arts, education, conservation and social justice.
Carol Schwarzkopf (full bio) holds a degree from the acclaimed University of Utah where she graduated with honors, a Health & Wellness Certification from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and years of study of the brain, motivation, fascial fitness, Pilates, resilient living, and the human potential movement.
Carol was raised in West Texas where she began her ballet training with Ingeborg Heuser, a former soloist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and a special pupil of the great German pedagogue and choreographer Tatjana Gsovsky. Beginning at age 13, Carol studied summers at San Francisco Ballet School on Ford Foundation Scholarships until she left home at the age of 16 to begin full-time study with Ballet West and William F Christenson. She has had the good fortune of dancing in many of the major classical ballets of our time as well as in the contemporary works of some of the greatest teaching and choreographic influences of the 20thcentury.
Carol holds a degree from the acclaimed ballet department at the University of Utah graduating cum laude, studying with the great Danish ballerina Toni Lander. There she was exposed to some of the finest dance masters in America at what is still considered one of the finest post-secondary dance training schools in the world. Additionally, she is a certified yoga instructor, credentialed in 2001 through White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, as well as training as a Street Yoga instructor for work with special populations.
Carol has authored several dance curricula and taught dance at St. Olaf College , Pacific Northwest Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Normandale College, Berkshire Pulse in Massachusetts, as well as other fine dance schools nationwide. Carol co-directed the dance program for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet at North High School in Minneapolis for 10 years where she received a Distinguished Teaching Award from her peers for her exemplary contribution to arts education.
Other honors include the Twin Cities Mayors’ Public Art Award as well as a Minneapolis Public Schools Appreciation Award. Ms Schwarzkopf sat on the advisory board that later formed The Perpich Center for Arts Education/The Arts High School, as well as the committee that successfully lobbied and attained K-12 dance licensure for the state of Minnesota. She is a founding and was a long time board member for Dance Educator’s Coalition, established to support dance artists teaching in the schools. She is proud that her professional coaching, teaching, study, and performance endeavors have taken her all over the world.
Carol is grateful for her mentors, the work itself which has teaches so much, and the students and colleagues who have shared her journey.
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“I hope you know that you did your job well! You gave me the push I needed to never give up on myself, to always try harder. You gave me support in everything. You have never given up on me. You poured your heart into me-you were more than just my ballet teacher, you were my biggest advocate. I love you Ms Carol, please know that” Student Elizabeth