Catherine began her ballet training in Crystal Lake, Illinois at the Judith Svalander School of Ballet. For her junior and senior years of high school, she commuted to Chicago to train with the Ballet Chicago Studio Company under the artistic directorship of Daniel Duell. She spent two summers at the School of American Ballet and one summer at the Pacific Northwest Ballet on full scholarship. Following her summer at PNB in 2016, she studied in the Professional Division on full scholarship under the artistic directorship of Peter Boal at PNB. After one year in the Professional Division, she joined Grand Rapids Ballet as an Apprentice for the 2017-2018 Season under the directorship of Patricia Barker. Catherine is now in the Second Company with Cincinnati Ballet. Roles that she has performed include Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan’s Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Who Cares – Five Girls, George Balanchine’s Square Dance, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, and an original work Adam’s Key choreographed by Dani Rowe.
With visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, dozens of hopeful children auditioned for The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy Young Performers cast. What an amazing day for these talented dancers! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year. Here’s a peek inside our studios during the auditions.