Lara O'Brien discusses “fantasy” and the Carolina Ballet

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Lara O'Brien is a Principal dancer with the Triangle-based ballet company Carolina Ballet. She began dancing at the age of 8 and trained in her hometown of Chicago, before accepting scholarships to train in New York City, Philadelphia and Copenhagen, Denmark.

She began her professional career in Raleigh at 19 and has spent the past 15 years as a member Carolina Ballet. During that time she has danced and originated Principal roles in dozens of ballets such as, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Swan Queen in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Titania in A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Lara is also owner of Tutu School Raleigh, a boutique ballet school for toddlers and children that celebrates the whimsical world of ballet.



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Once you step on that stage you really are in a whole another world and it really takes something to do that, to throw your head over the wall and jump off that cliff and to make yourself that vulnerable, but it's absolutely exhilarating and when it does happen, you are not only creating the fantasy, you actually become it. — Lara O'Brien

I always consider the audience as one of the biggest pieces in creating a production. Because we can do all that work and all that preparation and create this whole thing that we can put on the stage, but if nobody comes to see it, then it really has no impact. — Lara O'Brien

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Just watched this talk - I LOVED IT! So wonderful, inspiring and enlightening! I am up next month in Portsmouth NH for the MOMENTS topic! I was excited before, but watching your talk just fired me up! Thank you!

Peter Jude Ricciardi • January 13, 2017