Caitlin Wellman

II. Bio

A little about Caitlin as a singer and a dancer…

As a singer:

For Caitlin, singing has been a lifelong passion. Raised by parents with superb taste in music, and having spent many years amongst the Jazz community in both New York and Toronto as a dancer, she decided it was her turn to start making music. Her warm and powerful voice made Jazz and Blues a comfortable fit as she got her start with Capital Dance Productions in several musical numbers. After working with several choral groups and sitting in with several Jazz bands – including Gordon Webster, Combo Royale, Up Jumped Swing, The Downtown Shimmy, The Fried Bananas, and the New Orleans Connections All-Stars – she quickly moved on to continue pursuing her passions and is now working with her own band, The Sugar Foot Stompers.

 

As a dancer:

She teaches her students more than just a bunch of cool moves (but they get that too)! Her focus on solid lead/follow technique – based on momentum, connection, and rhythm – helps her students enjoy the dance on a deeper level and become more connected to the music and their partner. Her teaching is clear and articulate, and full of fun and creative ways of improving your dancing.

She was a founding member of the multi-award winning performance troupe Minnie’s Moochers, from Ithaca, NY, who recently performed at the Frankie95 Celebration in NYC. She has been in demand as a teacher across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia for many years. With her Toronto partner Chachi, she was the Director & Choreographer for Capital Dance Productions, a performance troupe that specializes in 20th century North American partner and solo dances. She has also been the Artistic Director & Choreographer of The Flappettes, a sassy all female 1920’s Jazz & Charleston troupe.

Caitlin has also made several Television and Print appearances such as: Instant Star, Much Music Video Awards ’06 with Fall Out Boy, Toronto 1 “Toronto Dances” program, and the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine.

Photos courtesy of: David Tom & Hilary Mercer

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