Devon Carney was born in New Orleans, where he began his dance training with Harvey Hysell. He later joined the New Orleans Ballet, and in 1978, Mr. Carney was invited to join Boston Ballet and was promoted to principal in 1986.
During his 21-year professional dance career, Mr. Carney performed leading roles in classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III. Mr. Carney also performed leading roles in 20th century classical works such as John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin and Taming of the Shrew, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harald Lander’s Etudes, and Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden. His George Balanchine repertoire includes principal roles in Square Dance, Agon, Mozartiana, Rubies, The Four Temperaments, and Theme and Variations among others. He also danced roles choreographed by cutting-edge choreographers such as, Maurice Bejart, Paul Taylor’s, Merce Cunningham, Sir Frederick Ashton, Mark Morris, and Susan Marshall. Mr. Carney toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico and Asia with such greats as Rudolph Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Cynthia Gregory.
Mr. Carney was appointed Artistic Director of Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program in 1994 and served in this capacity for nine years. From 1998 tp 2003, Mr. Carney served as Ballet Master for Boston Ballet. Mr. Carney's teaching credits include Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Arizona Ballet Summer Program, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, Guangzhou Ballet of China, Hartford Ballet, Houston Ballet Summer Program, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, University of North Carolina School for the Arts and many more. He also has served as a judge on the juries of the 2002 Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition finals in New York City and the 2005 and 2006 American Ballet Competition.
In addition, Mr. Carney has choreographed many ballets for institutions such as Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet II, BalletMet, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Carney was the Associate Artistic Director of Cincinnati Ballet 2003-2012. In 2013, Mr. Carney was appointed Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet. In 2014 Kansas City Ballet presented his critically-acclaimed version of Giselle. In 2015, Kansas City Ballet debuted his newly-choreographed rendition of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, with stellar reviews. This success was immediately followed in 2016 with his staging of the world-renowned classical masterpiece, Swan Lake.