Local girl makes good in ‘Hamilton’

Taeko Carroll, who grew up in Curtis Park, is a swing dancer with the national touring production of the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

Taeko, 31, is the daughter of Tom and Fusae Carroll of Curtis Way. Taeko grew up dancing under the watchful eye of her dancing teacher mom and in the Visual and Performing Arts program at Sacramento High School. After a year of training at Fullerton State she entered the commercial dance world in Los Angeles and performed with Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Usher and others. At that time, she also adopted her stage name Taeko McCarroll, which gives a nod to her paternal grandfather’s Irish roots.

As a swing dancer in “Hamilton,” she must know four roles and be ready to step into any one of them at any time. Her parents traveled to Seattle in March to see her perform. Her father called it “a mind-boggling experience.”

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