Caitlin Valentine

Caitlin Valentine Ellis

Company Member Since 2014 | From New Jersey

Favorite book: The entire Harry Potter series. I grew up with those books and every couple of years will reread the whole series because I love them so much. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read them.

Surprising fact: I have the easiest birthday to remember. It’s on Valentine’s Day!

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, Christopher Wheeldon and has enjoyed performing lead roles in George Balanchine’s RubiesSerenade, Square Dance, Who Cares?, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations and Jerome Robbin’s 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 sixth season with BalletMet.

Video and Images by Jennifer Zmuda.