The Dancers

Caroline Wiley

RNZB-3272 For the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court Strength & Grace Wellington, NZ. 16 August 2018. Strength & Grace by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court.

Since joining the RNZB in 2018, Caroline Wiley has demonstrated her versatility and flair for both classical and contemporary choreography with solo roles in works as diverse as Penny Saunders’ So to Speak, Corey Baker’s The Last Dance, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and The Nutcracker by Val Caniparoli, in which she appeared as Marie.

In 2019, her flair for drama and contemporary choreography came to the fore in James O’Hara’s The Sky Is Not So Different To Us, Perhaps…, as the Black Swan in Black Swan, White Swan by Mário Radačovský and in Andrea Schermoly’s Stand to Reason. Caroline’s solo roles in 2020 included Carabosse, the Lilac Fairy and the Fairy of Serenity in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as Penny Saunders’ Berceuse (Tutus on Tour). Caroline was promoted to Soloist for 2021.

Caroline hails from Fenton, Michigan and began her training at Young People’s Ballet Theatre in Flint, Michigan under the direction of her mother, Jennifer Wiley. 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.

Her repertoire at GRB was broad, including leading roles in José Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, Black Swan in Mário Radačovský’s Black Swan, White Swan and the Sugar Plum Fairy in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker. She created the title role in Bruce Wells’s Cinderella and had contemporary works created on her by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andrea Schermoly, and Penny Saunders, as well as performing in iconic works by Paul Taylor and Gerald Arpino.

Dancer Credits

The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker

Spanish Chocolate

The Nutcracker

French Pastilles

Black Swan, White Swan

Black Swan

The Sleeping Beauty


The Sleeping Beauty

Lilac Fairy