CAITLIN VALENTINE began her training in New Jersey before joining Orlando Ballet at age 16, led by Fernando Bujones. She later danced at Colorado Ballet as a soloist. Throughout her career, Caitlin has performed not only soloist roles, but also numerous principal roles including Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Dorothy in Dorothy and the Prince of Oz, Cinderella in Cinderella, Daisy in The Great Gatsby, The Survivor in Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Guinevere in Camelot. She has been featured in contemporary works by Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli, Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Siewert, and Christopher Wheeldon and has enjoyed performing lead roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies, Serenade, Square Dance, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free. Caitlin’s awards and honors include a Bronze Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2003, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2005, and a Jury Award recipient at the USA International Ballet Competition in 2006. This is Caitlin’s ninth season with BalletMet.