Carolyn Paine began her training at Boston Ballet and danced featured professional children's roles in their productions. She later went on to study with Jose Mateo at Ballet Theatre of Boston where she performed roles created for her by Mr. Mateo with his youth company YouthWorks and alongside the professional company. Carolyn also studied in summer sessions at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and completed the certificate program and performed at the Academie de Danse Classique de Princesse Grace in Monaco working with Nureyev's mentor and dance legend Marika Bresobrasova. She also completed the professional certificate program at the Ecole Superiuer de Danse de Cannes in France. She perfromed professionally for six seasons as an audience favorite principal dancer with Hartford's Ballet Theatre Company under the direction of Richard Steinert. Carolyn performed in New York City working with Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Jacqueline Buglisi of Buglisi-Forman, and Alan Sener of Limon Company. She also performed as a soloist with Ballet Rox in Boston, MA under the direction of Tony Williams. Additionally as a dancer, she has toured to China, as a back up dancer for international pop stars, performed at ABC New Year's Rockin' Eve, been featured in a dance photo series in Italian Vogue, and performed as a dancer in numerous commercials including for Subaru.
Her award winning choreography has been used on stage, in commercials and music videos, and in films.