British born of Barbadian parents on 11th June 1961,Carol Straker is a choreographer, dancer and author. She is a member of the Council of International Dance of UNESCO, a Fellow of Royal Society Arts, and an Assonate Professional Teacher Dancing.
Ms Straker began her dance training at the Legat School of Russian Ballet and the Urdang Academy. While a student, she was invited to appear with the MAAS Movers Company to tour Britain and Switzerland. She travelled to the USA, to further her professional dance education with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance Inc.
From there she went on to join some of the most renowned dance companies in the world, performing extensively as an International Artist with leading companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Ensemble and Michael Clark & Co.
Ms Straker has appeared in the Giorgio Armani story in Club 21magazine, the movie Curtain Call by Kadokawa Film Inc., Tokyo Japan, and many other books. She featured in the 25th Anniversary edition of the Pirelli Calendar.
She established the Carol Straker Dance Foundation (CSDF), celebrated by another enterprise she helped to create, the Constellation Change Screen Dance Festival, which won the Du’pre Award France for Best Documentary. Her awards include Cosmopolitan Awards Special commendation in Performing Arts category; Woman of Substance Outstanding Contribution towards Creative Arts – Dance from PowerSis; Famous Hackney Women’s Roll Call Past; Present for International Women’s Day; Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts from the Caribbean Teachers Association; Alternative Arts London & International Open Dance Festival Commission Award, and a nomination at the ADAD Lifetime Achievement Awards 2013.
More recently, Ms Straker has delighted the world with her books such as Under the Mango Tree, a series of colouring books and Carol’s Dancing Adventures series.