Caitlin was born and raised in the Napa Valley. She began dancing at the age of 4 in a tiny tots class at Academy of Danse and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Over the years Caitlin has studied tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, modern, and contemporary.
When Caitlin was a freshman in high school she was invited to try out for the Academy of Danse Competition Company and competed with them for four years. While on the company, Caitlin had the opportunity to dance, take class, and perform at Disneyland for Magic Music days twice. She also attended multiple dance conventions including The Pulse on tour and Monsters of Contemporary. In addition to being on the Competition Company she was an assistant teacher for five years here at the studio.
After graduating high school Caitlin attended Napa Valley College where along with continuing her education she was a member of the dance department. She then attended Butte College while living in Chico, California for two years. While living there she found a love for dance fitness classes. It was because of these classes that she decided to get certified in Zumba fitness in 2012. From there she got her certification to teach Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr as well.
Caitlin has always had a passion for working with children. Starting at a young age she began volunteering at West Park elementary school, where she now works as a paraeducator. She has also worked at many summer camps over the years. This past summer she volunteered for Experience Camps, grief camps for kids that have lost a parent or sibling, as a camp counselor. While there she got to teach dance to girls ranging in age from 4th grade through 12th grade. Caitlin recently went back to school to pursue a degree in psychology and hopes to continue working with children in that field in the future. Caitlin has enjoyed being back at Academy of Danse for the past 8 years and can’t wait to continue sharing her love of dance to more students this year!