Get to know Ms. Caitlin!
Ms. Caitlin has been teaching dance across the Twin Cities for the past 14 years. Focusing in classical ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, and faith-based dancing, she has been blessed to take her teaching abroad while on mission in the Czech Republic. Moreover, Ms. Caitlin has also enjoyed opportunities to learn from talented dancers from around the world, attending summer residencies with the Institute for the Rhythmic Arts, Radiant Rhythm Initiative, and Chicago Human Rhythm Project. While Caitlin attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Woodworking & Furniture Design, she never let go of her passions for dance and costume design/construction. She is proud to lend her artistry to this fabulous non-profit and looks forward to working with your beautiful dancers!
What’s your favorite style of dance?
I refer to myself as a “tapperina”. I absolutely love tap, and spent many years competing tap solos, participating in residencies in Chicago, and inspiring a love for tap and percussive dance in the metro area. However, I credit my ballet instructor with fostering a deep love of, respect for, and knowledge of classical ballet, and equipping me to train up the next generation of ballerinas.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Three words: Firm, Fun, Fair. I’ve found that keeping a structured classroom environment really benefits my students. We’ll cultivate discipline, respect for others and self, as well as grow in our technique and vocabulary. I also love incorporating games, incentivized challenges, and celebrations into my teaching. Class can be silly and serious! Most importantly, I value EVERY student that walks through those doors. Everyone will know their worth, and have distinct opportunities to shine!
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy doing anything creative: cooking, crafting, crochet, playing music, and more. Raising my two children, Rosemary (4 years old) and Tobias (2 months) is a joy. We have fun at parks, flying kites, and spending time with family, our church, and friends.
What excites you about this new journey with Cannon Falls School of Dance?
For me, teaching dance is a ministry. I’m so excited to not only train strong dancers, but also encourage them to be creative, kind, and bold individuals. Moreover, I look forward to furthering the impact that this non-profit has on the community through our future performances and service projects. I could not be more thrilled to start our next dance season with all of you!