Caroline Wiley hails from Fenton, Michigan and began her training at Young People’s Ballet Theatre in Flint, Michigan with her mother, Jennifer Wiley. At 14 she participated in the Blue Lake Fine Arts International Exchange program and spent a summer touring and performing through Europe. She has attended summer courses at Charlotte Ballet, Giordano Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Grand Rapids Ballet.
In 2013, Caroline guested with the Grand Rapids Ballet, under artistic director Patricia Barker, in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments. The following season she joined the company as a trainee and was promoted to apprentice, before becoming a company member for the following two seasons.
Caroline performed the role of Desdemona in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, Black Swan in Mario Radacovsky’s contemporary take on Swan Lake Black&White, and the Sugarplum Fairy in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker. She also originated the title role in Bruce Wells’s Cinderella, and was featured in other iconic works including Paul Taylor’s Company B and Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain.
During her time at GRB, Caroline also had contemporary works created on her by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andrea Shermoly, and Robert Dekkers. Caroline also had the pleasure of performing featured roles in three original works by Penny Saunders Slight, Jo + Ida, and In Frame.