Cara Flahive began dancing at the age of 3 at the Performing Arts Academy, under the direction of Dawn Laviola-Schaub, in Pompton Lakes, NJ. During her time at PAA, she was given the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Yuliya Akopyan, Alicia Monaco, Meghan Frayne, KC Castellano, Derrick Yanford, Chris Lee, Mary Kate Felber, James Tabeek, Amber Perkins, Katy Spreadbury, Nancy Lushington, Shawnda Caulfield, Daniella Cavaleri, Devon Smith, Eddie Phelan, Joelle Cosentino and many others, training in styles including ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz.
Cara was a member of the 2014 and 2017 United States Tap Team and traveled to Reisa, Germany to compete in the IDO World Tap Dance Championship where she received the honor of earning gold medals in both the junior group and adult trio divisions along with other placings in the final round.
As a part of the United States Dance Team, Cara has had the opportunity to perform at various locations such as Madison Square Garden, Hershey Park, The Barclay Center, The Prudential Center, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Complex, Universal Studios and Disney World. She also had the honor of receiving the regional titles of Kids for Kids Miss Diamond Dancer of New Jersey 2017 and Miss DEA 2017. In 2016 and 2017, Cara was selected as a Top 12 finalist for the national Miss Dance of the United States competition as well. Cara attributes her love for tap specifically to Alicia Monaco, who has been an extremely influential role model and mentor to her throughout her dance career. Cara is currently a student at Quinnipiac University studying Nursing and is a member of the Quinnipiac Tap Company.