Carie Jurcak grew up in Michigan where she trained under the direction of Joanne Zavisa as part of Dance Masters of America Chapter 46. She then attended the University at Buffalo where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College with a B.F.A. in Dance.
While at the University, Carie was a member of Zodiaque Dance Company, the university's most prestigious performance company, during which time she performed works by John Lehrer, Tom Ralabate, Chanon Judson, Barbara Denny, and many more faculty and guest choreographers. She performed as a featured dancer with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in their rendition of Funny Girl. Most recently, Carie has been collaborating with Victor Sho, a stepper and hip-hop dancer, to create a fusion piece for Broadway Dance Center's Student Showcase at the end of May 2013.