CarliAnn Forthun grew up in Yakima Washington.
In 2012, she graduated from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia with a B.F.A in Dance and a minor Kinesiology. In 2012, Forthun received a scholarship from EDAM where she trained with Peter Bingham in contact improvisation. Forthun has been fortunate to work with Rob Kitsos, Noam Gagnon, Judith Garay, KT Niehoff, and Cyrus Khambatta. She made the move to Seattle in 2013 and is enjoying her second season with Khambatta Dance Company! She is also a company member and outreach coordinator for Intrepidus Dance Company