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OUR MISSION

THE MISSION OF TRAINOR DANCE IS TO USE MOVEMENT AS A PLAYGROUND FOR IDEAS THAT PROVOKE, INSPIRE, AND ENLIGHTEN. WE CREATE WORK THAT STRONGLY CONNECTS THE DANCERS WITH AUDIENCE, AND AWAKENS THE VIEWER’S SENSES BY USE OF VISUAL, MUSICAL AND KINETIC ELEMENTS.  THROUGH OUR DIVERSE CORPS OF DANCERS AND DRAWING AUDIENCES WITH WIDE RANGING PERSPECTIVES, WE AIM TO CREATE A COMMUNITY THROUGH SHARED IN-PERSON EXPERIENCES, CONVERSATION, AND EDUCATION.  PARAMOUNT TO ALL IS OUR COMMITMENT AS ARTISTS TO CREATE DANCE THAT IS AS DEEPLY PLEASURABLE AS IT IS POWERFUL. 

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

Trainor Dance was founded by Caitlin Trainor in 2011 with a focus on interdisciplinary work, and has performed on both sides of the Atlantic in conjunction with visual art, text, music and film. The company creates highly musical, structurally driven work with a social conscience. With signature athleticism and luscious movement, Trainor Dance is best known for its intelligent and imaginative style, and for addressing wide-ranging topics with curiosity, passion, humor, and verve.

Since its inception 5 years ago, Trainor Dance has grown steadily and with increasing critical acclaim. In 2015, the company performed at The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard) and Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA).

Highlights of past performances include TEDx Columbia Engineering, 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).

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

NAMED ONE OF 25 TO WATCH IN 2016 BY DANCE MAGAZINe, Caitlin Trainor is a performer, choreographer and the artistic director of Trainor Dance. She is also a member of the faculty at Barnard College/Columbia University. Caitlin grew up in the small town of Scituate, Rhode Island before falling in love with dance during her college years at Skidmore.  She received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA before moving to New York City and performing for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Seán Curran and Tina Croll. She acted as assistant choreographer to Mr. Curran and site-specific choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, contributing to the creation of Koplowitz’s (in)formations at Lincoln Center.   

Trainor has taught at American Ballet Theatre, Dance City (Newcastle, England), Montclair State University, American College Dance Festival, and Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to creating work on Trainor Dance, Caitlin has choreographed new work on Nacre Dance Company (Albany, NY), Polaris Dance (Portland, OR), the students of Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), Providence College (RI), Murray State University (GA), and Kennesaw State University (GA). 

Trainor is currently a mentor and teacher at Rosie’s Theater Kids, a non-profit organization founded by Rosie O’Donnell that provides dance, theater, music and life skills to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have access.  Created in partnership with the kids and visual artist Hyunyoung Kim, Trainor’s Bloomland premiered at the Rosie’s Theater Kids annual Passing It On event.  Other notable collaborations include the creation of ARTificial intellidance with computer scientist Apoorv Agarwal, a project that uses dance to explain a relatively sophisticated machine learning paradigm, and Talk radio with costumes by famed designer Christian Siriano.  

On artistic sojourn in the U.K. in 2011, Caitlin co-founded fresh, an ongoing forum for the development, sharing and discussion of new work for regional dance artists and audiences, and presented multiple events in conjunction with Northumbria University and Darlington Arts Center. In 2013, Caitlin was selected as one of 10 artists from around the globe to be a resident at Dance Omi, and she has received support from New York Foundation for the Arts.  She was a nominee for the Emily Gregory teaching award at Barnard College, a student selected teaching distinction, and is continually humbled by watching students unfold. Her current work focuses on the questions of immediacy and inevitability in art with particular interest in game based structures and audience determined outcomes.

 

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