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CAITLIN ELLEDGE

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Caitlin Elledge grew up in Hattiesburg, MS and trained in the Vaganova Method under the direction of Henry Danton (Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells), Yvonne Bergeron (New Orleans Ballet), Arkadiy Orohovsky (Kiev State Choreographic School, National Theare of Opera and Ballet, Ballet El Paso, Houston Ballet), and Katya Orohovsky (Kirov Academy, Nutmeg Conservatory).
During their time in Mississippi, Caitlin performed roles such as "Clara" from The Nutcracker, “Swanilda" from Coppelia, "Pas de Trois" from Swan Lake, "Aurora" from Sleeping Beauty and "Sugarplum Fairy" from The Nutcracker. Caitlin also performed soloist and corps de ballet roles in other ballets, such as Dracula, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty.

In 2015, Caitlin moved to Nashville, TN to join the Professional Training Division at Nashville Ballet, and performed soloist and principal roles in the School of Nashville Ballet's Showcase Performances such as "Peasant Pas" from Giselle, "Pas de Trois" from La Bayadere, “Spring” from The Four Seasons, and was featured in contemporary works by Shibaz Ujima and Chris Stuart. Caitlin was also one of three chosen from the school to perform alongside the Nashville Ballet Company in Paul Vasterling's "Nashville's Nutcracker", performing "Waltz of the Flowers" and “Snow”.

After 2 years in the Professional Training Division, Caitlin earned a competitive spot in the Second Company, and received two full scholarships to Nashville Ballet's Summer Intensive in 2016 and 2017.

During their time with Nashville Ballet, Caitlin had the opportunity to learn and train with renowned choreographers and instructors such as Chris Stuart (Charlotte Ballet), Paul Vasterling (Nashville Ballet), Victoria Simon (Balanchine Trust), Maniya Barredo, Denise Eason, Guenchen Fu, and Nick Mullikin.


Caitlin left Nashville Ballet to focus on training in Modern dance, and later joined Blue Moves Modern Dance in 2019. They have also choreographed for VUPointe Ballet Company at Vanderbilt University and are now the Executive Artistic Director of their own 501(c)(3) nonprofit company, X-Contemporary Dance, which has a mission to reform the social stigmas and negativity that run rampant in the dance world, providing a safe space for all dancers, regardless of race, body type, or gender identity.

Caitlin currently teaches ballet at Soles Dance Center and Alabama Youth Ballet in Huntsville, AL, and has trained dancers that have gone on to win High Platinum, 1st Place, and Scholarships at competitions such as NRG Dance Project and Dance Makers. They also provide training for other competitions, like IBC and YAGP.

Caitlin's teaching experience also includes guest teaching at the award-winning school The Ballet Institute of San Diego, as well as Millennium Dance Complex in Nashville, Dance In Bloom, Columbia Dance Center, and DancEast in Nashville.

Caitlin currently trains under the direction of David Herriott (former Principal Dancer at Royal Winnipeg Ballet).

Achievements include:
•75% Scholarship to Cincinnati Ballet's Summer Intensive, with an offer to join their Second Company (2017),
•Second Company position offer at Nashville Ballet and full scholarship to Summer Intensive (2016 and 2017),
•Guest Performer and Choreographer for VUPointe Ballet, Vanderbilt University (2018),
•Blue Moves Modern Dance company position (2019)
•Caitlin's dance company, X-Contemporary Dance, has received a Metro Arts THRIVE Grant, which allowed them to collaborate with New York Composer, Lila Meretzky, for a video project titled "Connection Through Isolation" during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.

 
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