CARISA MCMILLAN WILSON has studied and performed various dance techniques across the United States since the age of three. At the age of 11, her family relocated to North Carolina, where she continued her training with the owners of Carolina Dance Center until she graduated high school. Because of her passionate study of dance, she earned a scholarship to The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s summer intensive program in Seattle, Washington, and was accepted into the Broadway Dance Center’s summer internship program in New York City. While attending Appalachian State University, Carisa was captain and choreographer for the ASU Elite Dance Team. Four years later, she graduated with honors from ASU, earning a BFA in Dance.
Following graduation, Carisa relocated to Dallas, Texas where she became a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for the 2012 and 2013 football seasons. She appeared on CMT’s hit show, “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” in seasons 7 and 8. Carisa was selected for her dance ability to be a part of the DCC Show Group, which travels to perform in various countries, including a trip to South Korea to visit U.S. troops. Additionally, she received an award for the choreography and performance of her solo at auditions. While a DCC, she taught and choreographed for a local studio in Dallas. Carisa made numerous trips home to North Carolina to teach master classes at various studios and set choreography, which included NDA Nationals routines. She worked with the dance teams at NC State and Appalachian State as a tryout judge and choreographer as well.
She has recently moved back to Raleigh, teaching at studios in the surrounding area, including South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as Texas. She also still teaches and choreographs for the teams listed above and more. Carisa joined the staff of Epic Dance Showcase in 2015, where she continues to teach at their Fall convention and judge their Spring competitions. She also joined the teaching staff for the Commercial Dance Intensive during the summer of 2017.