Robert Carter

Florence Civic Ballet

Bay Ballet Theater

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Robert Carter was born and was raised in Charleston, South Carolina.He started dancing at age eight, and first saw the Trocks at age ten, which inspired him to dance like them, en pointe, at age eleven or twelve. He trained at the Ivey Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School. He performed with a number of dance groups, including the Florence Civic Ballet, Bay Ballet Theater, and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Carter joined the “Trocks” in 1995. He started with “the easier stuff” like Go for Barocco, followed by “harder stuff” such as Paquita and Swan Lake, especially works by Balanchine.

Dancing with the Trocks, was his life dream, says Carter:

“I didn’t want to be a girl, but I knew I could do a lot of the same stuff and some of the stuff they couldn’t do because I had the strength being a boy…. I could do the stuff en pointe and it’s fun.”

— Robert Carter, in an ABC News Nightline interview, 2008.








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