Carley began her training in Howell, MI where her primary focus was the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. She went on to earn her B.A. in dance from Grand Valley State University where she graduated with honors, and was the recipient of the Marlene Kenneway Love of Dance Scholarship. She had the opportunity to perform works created by Lauren Edson, Julie Blume, Autumn Eckman, Rebecca Lemme, Anna Liceica, Erica Fischbach, Eddy Ocampo, and Charles Askegard. In addition to performing with the Grand Valley Dance Company throughout college she also performed with The Grand Rapids Opera and The Plymouth-Canton Metro Shores Ballet Company. After graduating college Carley moved to Chicago to start working with LEVELdance, and has since performed with Aerial Dance Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago as part of the New Dances project. Shortly after moving to the city Carley started working with Chicago Repertory Ballet, and this year marks her sixth season working with the company. Outside of working with CRB she also freelances and recently had the opportunity to perform in New Mexico with Jaxon Movement Arts under the direction of Jacqueline Stewart, and the past two years she has performed in the Schaumburg Nutcracker in Schaumburg, IL. As well as performing Carley also has a passion for teaching and sharing her love of dance with her students, she currently teaches throughout the Chicagoland area as well as Kenosha, Wisconsin.