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Catie Tramel is the Co-Founder and former Co-Creative Director of Central Oklahoma Dance Company, a non-profit professional dance company in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the Ballet Master of CODC's pre-professional school, creating and implementing her own curriculum and choreographing multiple pieces for the professional company. She performed as a soloist with Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre for three seasons.
Originally from Colorado, Catie studied Vaganova technique under German Zamuel, Oleg Dedogryuk, and David Taylor. After high school, she chose to study in the University of Oklahoma School of Dance under Mary Margaret Holt, Austin Hartel, jeremy Lindberg, Steve Brule, and Clara Cravey Stanley. At the time, the OU School of Dance was ranked #1 in the United States for collegiate dance programs.
Catie danced as a Company Apprentice with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet four seasons, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Dance Education - Injury Prevention in 2014. While working on her undergraduate capstone, Catie worked extensively with OU students and professors to perfect good teaching practices. She has choreographed and performed original pieces and taught workshops over international dance forms, stage makeup, athlete nutrition, audition prep, ballet pantomime, classical ballet, and modern dance.
An energetic and amiable ballet instructor, she has a keen interest in developing the safe, successful, and self-aware dancer. Catie coaches students to have gumption and pursue excellence within each student's custom-designed anatomy to promote correct technique and prevent injury. Catie has performed throughout the Southwest in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas, and internationally in Indonesia. She has taught for Zamuel Ballet School (Colorado Springs, CO), Julia's Academy of Dance (Norman, OK), and Central Oklahoma Dance Company (Norman, OK) in ballet technique, modern and contemporary, stretch/conditioning, pointe, and pre-pointe.
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