Carol-Ann Bohrn is an independent contemporary dance artist based on Treaty One Territory, (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).

Carol-Ann Bohrn has interpreted and performed dance works with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Gearshifting Performance Works, Pablo Bronstein (facilitated by Rosalie Walfrid), Ming Hon, Johanna Riley, Odette Heyn, The Lime Project (Nina Patel, director) and the White Birch Ballet (Darlene Williams, director).

Previously, under the direction of Jolene Bailie at Gearshifting Performance Works Carol-Ann danced in 47 performances, performing works by Bailie, Rachel Browne and Marie-Josée Chartier, including originating roles in new works. With Gearshifting, Carol-Ann toured to Toronto (dance made in canada / fait au canada), Vancouver (Dancing on the Edge Festival), Regina (New Dance Horizons Stream of Dance Festival) and Russell, Manitoba!

Phase Wash by Jolene Bailie / Gearshifting Performance Works. Dancers in photo: Aaron Paul, Helene le Moullec Mancini, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Jill Groening. Photo by Lief Norman.

Carol-Ann is a multi-faceted performer and has appeared in theatre work. She performed in The Threepenny Opera by Sick + Twisted Theatre, singing and dancing in the chorus as well as acting the roles of Jake and Filch. In the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Mainstage season, she was a choreographic collaborator and performer in By Grand Central Station, a full-length music album by the chamber-pop duo Matt Peters and Tom Keenan, set to an eight-piece ensemble which shared the stage with Carol-Ann and Winnipeg dancer Alexandra Garrido. Carol-Ann has also made a few guest appearances with Winnipeg improvisational theatre company Outside Joke.

Carol-Ann has presented her own choreography with support from The Forks Renewal Corporation, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Cercle Molière, and as a selected participant for the Foundation Mentorship Program at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (mentor: Sharon Alward), the Cartae Open School at aceartinc., and in the Research Series of Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

She has danced in TV commercials: literally in the streets of the Exchange District for a Tourism Winnipeg ad and was unofficially referred to as the Floss Girl for the Manitoba Dental Association. She was not previously able to perform the “floss” prior to this gig, making it an even more noteworthy career milestone.

Carol-Ann was very pleased to act as the MC for Girls! Girls! Girls! fundraiser for the Gas Station Arts Centre in 2018. She wrote her own jokes, edited by Lara Rae.

As an emerging artist, Carol-Ann received tremendous support. She performed in many professional projects provided by the School of Contemporary Dancers (Faye Thomson and Odette Heyn, director), was selected for an internship with Mascall Dance (Jennifer Mascall, director), and a mentorship with Winnipeg’s contemporary Dancers’ artistic director, Brent Lott.

Carol-Ann is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers. She received formal training at Ryerson University (Nadia Potts, director) and in the Teacher Training Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Johanne Gingras, director).

Bohrn and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Carol-Ann is grateful for the years of training, festivals and recitals she completed under the guidance of her teachers Linda Kearns, Tamara Hicks, Kelly Lumbard, and Barbara Ehnes. These experiences laid the foundation for Carol-Ann’s life-long passion for dance and performance.

Banner image: Of The Earth by Brenna Marie Cross Klaverkamp with dancer Kelsey Todd. Performed at Frame Arts Warehouse, Winnipeg, Canada, 2014.

Headshot by Sierra Friesen.

Bottom image: Spicy Pickled Herrings by Carol-Ann Bohrn, performed with Elise Page at the MAWA-FMP 2017-2018 exhibition, ace art inc., 2019. Photo by Stationpoint Photographic.

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