Upon my retirement from the DCC, I graduated from college (SMU 2002, BS political science), married the man of my dreams, Andy Teller, and started a family. Both children attend the Shelton School: Preston is a full-time tennis player and Cameron is a middle school cheerleader and on student council.
I have also developed a passion for tennis. I play in several doubles leagues and each year I travel to tennis camps in Rhode Island, Florida or Colorado. This past year I won the singles club championship (flight 1) and USTA 3.5 singles tournaments.
Although family and sports keep my days pretty full, I make time to give back. I believe the arts community is where I can make a difference. My opinion is art can be something to everyone. Art is subjective, not exclusive, and transcends time and money. I am currently serving my fourth year on the grants committee for TACA. It is a wonderful organization in Dallas that raises funds for the performing arts. I am also a newly elected trustee of the Dallas Children’s Theatre. My many years of dance and performing have given me the ability to help shape and promote artistic growth.
What was the most valuable lesson you learned?
Carrie: As early as my first DCC audition, I learned limits are only those that exist in my mind. I learned the value of carrying myself with elegance and strength, while always exhibiting kindness. A leader, especially a woman, can be determined and gracious.
What was your proudest moment?
Carrie: I had many proud moments as a DCC. First, I was so proud to hear my name called each year in the final auditions. Making the squad was my reward for many hours of practice, hope and determination. I certainly treasured performing as a DCC in the amazing Texas Stadium. I especially cherished that first chassé in the pregame/kick line performance! Each game I was very proud as I held my hand over my heart during the national anthem. Even now, I have such pride sharing the alumni experience with my aunt, and fellow DCC alum, Kitty Chapman Carter and my children.
What made you decide to “hang up the pompoms” and retire from being a DCC?
Carrie: After three years, I was engaged to my husband Andy and I felt my gifts had been used in the DCC.
What do you feel is your role as a DCC Alumni?
Carrie: I just love when someone asks me what it was like to be a DCC. I think they are expecting “scoop” or stories of unbearable expectations. I think they are intrigued when I just honestly describe it as some of the best years of my life. I always say being a DCC changed my life and I loved every minute of it. I reflect that I made lifetime friends while traveling the world as an ambassador for Dallas and the Dallas Cowboys.