Caitlin Cantrell, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, started her dance training at the Edna Lee Dance Studio, under the direction of Miss Mary Moran and Mrs. Ashley Canterna-Hardy. She continued her training at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she graduated with honors and received a BFA in Dance Education, with a focus in Ballet. While in school, Caitlin danced for Xhale Dance Company and performed throughout the Pennsylvania and New York areas. After graduation, Caitlin moved to New York, where she danced professionally with Abarukas Contemporary Dance Company and Michael Susten & Company. She had opportunities to perform at APAP, Manhattan Movement Arts, La Mama, Jacobs Pillow, along with other festivals and venues. Since then Caitlin has been certified through The Ballet Method in Vaganova training. She is also both YPAD and CPR Certified. Caitlin is fortunate to be teaching all over the PA and NJ areas, predominantly teaching ballet. She hopes to provide her students with the technique and knowledge base to grow not only in ballet, but in all forms of dance.
What is your best dance memory as a kid?
When I think about dancing as a kid my mind immediately goes to our annual production of The Nutcracker! We got new parts every year and got to jump start our holiday spirit in August. Our rehearsals were fun and joyful, even when they were really long and grueling. Being onstage was not about winning or losing it was all truly about having fun!
Why you love to teach?
I love to change lives and to use dance as my outlet to do so. My greatest joys in teaching do not come from the grandest moments, but rather from the little notions that my students are growing into amazing people!
What is your favorite stretch?
I love a classic Butterfly stretch! Always feels great!
Who is the person who inspired/inspires you to dance?
My dance teacher growing up was my biggest inspiration! Ashley Canterna changed my life. She guided me through my hardest situations as a dancer (and as a teenager) with such grace. She let me make mistakes and learn from them. She held my hand when I needed it, but also let me go when I was ready! Not only is she a talented dancer in her own right, but she thrives in helping her students grow.
What was your first dance routine?
“You Are My Sunshine” when I was 4 years old!
What is your favorite dance movie?
Dirty Dancing! Hands down!
What is your favorite travel memory?
Last summer we went to Kenya and Tanzania! It was the most humbling experience of my entire life. It was my first time traveling there and it was eye opening and incredibly cool!
Do you have a pet, if yes- tell us about it/them?
I have a Boxer named Ruby! We rescued her when she was 4 and it was the best decision ever! She is super chill (probably because she’s now 10!) and the best snuggler!