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Caitlin Trainor founded Trainor Dance in 2011 with a focus on robustly physical,

interdisciplinary work. The company has a supple structure, with an ever-growing

repertoire that canvasses concert dance, site-specific work, and audience interactive

performances. Trainor’s choreography consistently maintains a commitment to highly musical,

visually stimulating work with a social conscience.

Since its inception, the company has grown steadily with increasing critical acclaim for its

signature athleticism and luscious movement.

Highlights of past performances include: The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Jacob’s Pillow (Becket,

TEDx Columbia Engineering, Battery Dance Festival (Manhattan, NY),
 the World Science

Festival, Platform Northeast (Newcastle, England),
 the Saratoga Springs Summer Arts Fest, Joyce

Soho for the NYFA
 Bootstrap Festival, Center for New Media (CT), BAAD (Bronx, NY)
 and SUNY

Purchase (Westchester, NY).


Named by Dance Magazine as "One of 25 to Watch in 2016,” Caitlin Trainor is a dancer,

choreographer, entrepreneur and the artistic director of Trainor Dance. Driven by music

and imagination, Trainor creates and performs highly physical, intensely human dances.

She has made dance for site, game-based audience interactive work, and extravagant group

dances for the concert stage. She performs solo and in duets, and choreographs on her company,

as well as for schools and companies including Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Nacre Dance

Company, Polaris Dance, Northumbria University, Providence College, Murray State University,

Kennesaw State University and Rosie’s Theater Kids.

Trainor has been featured on the dance podcasts Conversations on Dance, Pod a Duex, and

Movers & Shapers, where she discussed her online dance class startup Dancio, dance as a

spiritual practice, and the advantages of a freerange childhood.

Originally from Rhode Island, Trainor fell in love with dance during her college years at

Skidmore. She received her MFA in dance from Mills College in Oakland, CA before moving to

New York City and performing for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Seán Curran, and site-specific

choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. She is a member of the dance faculty at Barnard College

Columbia University, and has taught at American Ballet Theatre, Montclair State University,

Sarah Lawrence College, The Master’s School and many more.


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