She began her formal dance training at the Hartford Ballet School under the direction of Enid Lynn and Michael Uthoff. After a year of intense classical training Charmaine moved to New York to study with founder Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theatre of Harlem while continuing her formal education at the Professional Children's School in NYC at Lincoln Center.
She rose through the ranks quickly from apprentice to corp-de-ballet eventually becoming principal dancer and one of the company's ballerinas. She electrified audiences with her performances in a broad spectrum of roles. She is best known for her role as The Firebird choreographed by John Taras and Medea, choreographed by Michael Smuin. And Voluntaries choreographed by Glenn Tetley.
Among the highlights of Charmaine's career are command performances for European royalty and historic engagement at London's Royal Opera House. She also performed for luminaries such as Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Cicely Tyson, President and Mrs. Clinton, President and Mrs. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell, just to name a few.
In 1988, as principal dancer, Charmaine was invited to perform in the former Soviet Union as part of the United States Cultural Exchange Initiative. During this historic visit, Charmaine and the Dance Theatre of Harlem was inducted into the prestigious Kirov museum featuring Charmaine as one of the featured dancers representing as cultural ambassador to the United States.
In 1992, Charmaine again made history by traveling to South Africa for an unprecedented six week tour with the Dance Theatre of Harlem before the end of Apartied. Dance Theater of Harlem was the first American dance company to perform in South Africa after the 30 year cultural ban was lifted and performing to sold out, integrated audiences in several townships.
In January 2001, Ms. Hunter was invited to Canada by Mirvish Productions the Toronto based Production Company to direct the resident show Disney's The Lion King at the Princess of Wales. She held the position for 3 years until the production moved to Amsterdam Holland
Miss Hunter relocated to Las Vegas to work with the Cirque du Soleil. She served as the organization's talent scout for dance, acrobats, character actors, and specialty acts. She also served as teacher for the artists in the productions on the Strip. She was also invited to teach the cast of A New Day at the Coliseum in Caesars Palace which features Celine Dion. She not only woks with professionals, Miss Hunter also teaches at 3 of Las Vegas' top competition schools.
Charmaine then founded the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, a multi-cultural institution that attracts professional dancers and students from around the world. With financial assistance from various grants and foundations this non-profit organization will provide and inspire young people especially those living in poor communities to dream their dreams and reach for the stars. There will be several facets to the organization. Each component will carry a solid commitment to enrich the lives of young people and adults of the community, be it through the art of dance, music, theatre, or multi-media.
Immediately following the opening of LVCDT, Charmaine was offered the position of Senior Entertainment Manager at the opening of the Venetian Macau, the world's largest gaming and entertainment property to date. There she booked various entertainment acts, bands, models, dancers, specialty acts, etc. This was a huge undertaking for Miss Hunter. While working with Celine Dion, Miss Hunter was also booking executive with Best Agency Las Vegas, a talent and modeling agency that ran entertainment programs in all the major strip hotels. She was also Senior Manager of entertainment at Caesars Palace with Best Agency as well as Fashion Show Mall. There she ran the malls weekly fashion shows which incorporated some of Las Vegas' top models. She booked, trained, and selected the models and fashions for the weekly spectaculars.
To add to the lengthy list of accomplishments, Miss Hunter is
now working as a Southern Nevada Woltrap Teaching Artist with The
Smith Center. This program is early childhood education through the
The Wolftrap mission is To present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.
With a career steeped in the arts, Miss Hunter looks forward to continuing her path in the arts and education and to encourage young people of the opportunities that lay ahead in their future if they choose to use the art of dance as their vehicle.