Carol Nolte has enjoyed a 40 year dance career in downtown NYC. After graduating from Brown University, she received a graduate degree in dance from The New School, and enjoyed continuing studies with Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Anna Sokolow, among others. Her company Dance Collective (www.nydancecollective.com) did years of East Coast touring, including many community venues. Carol began to create festivals as a means of outreach and sharing in underserved areas. One of those festivals was Dance Taos in New Mexico. WestFest was created from these experiences. Carol continues to perform, and loves curating and being wrapped up in the downtown NYC dance world. She celebrates 31 years of Westbeth residency this Spring.