Caitlin Franco holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with an emphasis in choreography and pedagogy, from Sam Houston State University. Her mentors during her time at SHSU were Andy and Dionne Noble of NobleMotion Dance, Dana Nicolay with Dana Nicolay Dance Works, and Jennifer Pontius. Caitlin also had the privilege to study and preform repertoire from some of the most well known dance companies around, such as; Astrid Von Ussar, Dominic Walsh, and Paul Taylor II Dance Company.
Once graduated, Caitlin relocated to San Diego, California where she danced professionally for over 3 years. Within her time in California, she became a soloist with Visionary Dance Company and was a consistent guest artist with the San Diego Dance Theater, as well as Somebodies Dance Theater, and Blythe Barton Dance.
Aside from Caitlin’s professional career, she is equally passionate about teaching and choreographing. Starting in 2005, Caitlin began choreographing her own competitive solos, which over 4 years, earned her 3 National Titles. In 2012, her senior choreography project was hand selected to represent SHSU at the American College Dance Festival Association (know known as ACDA). In 2014 she was awarded “Best Ensemble” for her co-choreographic work in the prestigious Choreography Showcase Awards held in San Diego. In 2015 to present, Caitlin has had much success taking her choreographic skills to the competitive studio stage. Various dances of hers have been awarded National Titles, as well as, choreographic awards, and Best in Category awards.
Caitlin has dedicated her life to the art of dance. She began training locally at North Harris Performing Arts under Dawn Dippel, Amy Cain, and Ken McCoullough.
Now as a studio owner, Caitlin is excited to open her studio close to where it all began.
Samuel Rodriguez was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his ballet training at the age of five at the Maryland Youth Ballet under the direction of Michelle Lees, Christopher Doyle, and Rhodie Jorgenson. He was selected as a Finalist in the Kennedy Center Master Class Series from 2012-2014 along with the Be OnStage Prix at the IBStage Gala in Barcelona. Samuel joined American Ballet Theatre as a Studio Company Member in 2014 before joining the Houston Ballet in 2016. Since joining the company Mr. Rodriguez has performed leading roles in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker and La Bayadere as well as Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow