Carmen began her ballet training in Cary, NC at Cary Ballet Conservatory through high school. She spent summers training as a scholarship student at Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. During the early years, Ms. Felder performed in Carolina Ballet’s Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Ms. Felder went on to earn her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in Ballet Performance with a minor in German. While at OU, Carmen trained under Mary Margaret Holt and performed many lead roles with Oklahoma Festival Ballet as well as traveling with the company to dance in the Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival. After graduation Carmen danced with Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, South Carolina. Carmen joined Carolina Ballet as a trainee in January 2011 and was promoted to the corps de ballet for the 2011-2012 season.