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Dr. Caren Carino

Vice Dean, Dance Programme

Principal Lecturer



Doctor of Philosophy in Southeast Asian Studies,
National University of Singapore

Master of Fine Arts (Theatre and Dance),
University of Hawaii, USA

Bachelor of Education (Dance),
University of Hawaii, USA


Dr. Carino’s prolific career of more than 30 years includes a wealth of experience as dance practitioner, academic, administrator, educator and advocate. Her professional career includes being a dancer with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, USA. With Ririe-Woodbury, she performed and taught extensively throughout America as well as the Caribbean, Germany, Ireland, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Samoa, the Virgin Islands among other places. Dr. Carino was Programme Leader and Lecturer (Dance) at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts prior to her appointment as Head of Department and Principal Lecturer (Dance) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2007.

Dr. Carino’s research focuses on education, performance and cultural studies, with a particular interest in ‘contemporary Asian dance’. She has published and presented her research internationally, including Australia, China, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA. Her most recent accolade is co-editor and chapter contributor of Evolving Synergies: Celebrating Dance in Singapore published by Routledge in July 2014.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Carino has been an active advisor for Singapore organisations including Arts Fund, Ministry of Education, National Arts Council and People's Association. She has been affiliated to the World Dance Alliance since 1998 where she is currently Vice-President of the Singapore chapter.