Kaitlin discovered her love of dance at the age of three while taking a combo class at Betty Johnson’s School of Dance (now Bender Performing Arts) in Phoenix, AZ. She continued her dance training there, studying ballet with Nancy Schade, jazz and lyrical with Kevin Bender, Meri Bender, Tina Caspary, and Todd Bailey, tap with Suzy Guarino, and hip-hop with Ryan Cyphert and Ryan Ingram. She was a member of Dance Motion, her studio’s performance company for 10 years. With the company, she had many performance opportunities including an annual ballet production. She performed the featured role of Clara in The Nutcracker and the lead role in an original ballet. During her senior year, she was a member of Dance Motion’s Elite competition team for its inaugural season and received awards and recognition at various competitions and conventions. Kaitlin was also a member of the competition cheer team and spiritline at Horizon High School.
Kaitlin moved to Orange, CA to attend Chapman University in 2004. There she studied modern with Jennifer Backhaus, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette and Sean Greene; ballet with Larry Rosenberg, Dale Merrill, and Molly Lynch; and contemporary jazz with Leanne Alduenda and Mike Esperanza. She was honored to perform the lead role in a contemporary ballet piece choreographed by Dale Merrill during her senior year in 2007. She also had the opportunity to perform works by Amy Nakamura, Mike Esperanza, Sean Greene, and Nancy Dickson-Lewis.
Kaitlin began dancing with Backhausdance, a professional contemporary modern company based in Orange County, in 2010 where she is currently in her 6th season with the company. She has had the opportunity to perform with Backhausdance in New York, British Columbia, Seattle and Wyoming, as well in southern California. Kaitlin also is also a member of Jagged, a contemporary pole dance company, since 2010. Jagged appeared on season 6 of America’s Best Dance Crew, and was featured in the documentary “Off The Floor” presented at the Butler Arts Feast in Indiana in 2015.
Kaitlin has been teaching dance in southern California since 2006. She helped develop a dance program for students with special needs that she has taught since June 2010. She is currently a dance teaching artist for the ESCAPE research grant for Segerstrom Center for the Arts; helping English language learners understand science concepts through dance.
Kaitlin is the epitome of a beautiful artist and proficient technician. She adheres to the discipline of teaching excellent form, having a solid foundation but also quality of movement.