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Alejandro Ulloa

A native of Nicaragua, international freelance artist Alejandro Ulloa began his dance training at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua under the direction of maestro William Herrera, and launched his professional dance career with the Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua where he quickly became a principal dancer. He was later invited to be part of the contemporary company Danza Contemporánea Universitaria UNAN-Managua. In 2015, Alejandro and Maestro Herrera launched the first-ever ballet and neoclassical ensemble at the Nicaraguan University, where Alejandro became the Cultural Promoter for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, as well as Director for the “Taller de Líneas Clásicas”. Later that year, he also became co-producer, teacher, and choreographer for Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua, as well as a ballet and contemporary teacher at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua. 


Alejandro’s vast repertoire has ranged from classical to contemporary works, as he has worked with a plethora of directors and choreographers. He has appeared as a guest artist for Gainesville Ballet, Danse Etoile in Costa Rica, Island Moving Company, Neglia Ballet, Ajkun Ballet Theatre and Connecticut Ballet Center, among others.. He has also participated in many festivals, such as Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, APAP Festival in New York City, Bitef Theater and Terazije Theater in Serbia, the International Ballet Gala in Nicaragua, the 50th anniversary of Universidad de Campeche-Mexico, the 20th Anniversary of Fundacion Ballet de El Salvador, and Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, Rhode Island among others. In addition, Alejandro was an integral part of the ​Art and Science Unite as Psychological Treatment in Adults and Youth Workshop

​ , developed by the Yale Hispanic Mental Health Clinic, and​ in 2016 he was awarded the “Artist of International Projection of the Year” by the Nicaraguan Artist Association.  


Alejandro is currently a principal with New England Ballet, a soloist with Connecticut Ballet, and a member of Thomas Ortiz Dance Company and Ballet with a Twist. He is also a dance instructor for New Haven Ballet, Connecticut Theater Dance School, Nutmeg Performing Dance Center, New England Ballet, New England Dance Arts, and The Dance Connection. Most recently, Alejandro co-founded East Coast Contemporary Ballet. 


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Caitlyn Hydeck

Caitlyn was born and raised in Connecticut where her passion for dancing would grow and flourish through all of the styles of dance she studied. Her first loves were jazz and tap which would eventually be accompanied by ballet, contemporary and hip hop. She went on to study at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance and performance. During this time she expanded her repertoire with more styles such as breakin’, popping, and locking. Her love for performance and creating movement continued as she took classes in New York, North Carolina, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Connecticut. She began teaching and choreographing award winning hip hop routines at various studios through out New York and Connecticut. She has danced for artists such as Kat Deluna, Flo Rida and Def Jam productions and has appeared on networks such as MTV2. She has also been dancing with Double up Dance Company as well as CT Theater Dance Company for the past eight years.  She has been coaching and choreographing for the Fairfield University Dance Team and teaching contemporary dance for the Sacred Heart University dance program. She has been dancing for twenty eight years now with Ten years of experience in choreography and loving every minute of it. 


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Danielle Rathey

Danielle has studied classical ballet for 40 years. She started her training in Massachusetts and continued in Florida where she trained at a local competitive studio and Southern Ballet Theater.

Danielle was accepted to Boston Conservatory and has trained with leaders in the field including Gretchen Warren, Ballet Mistress of ABT II and John Parks of Alvin Ailey.

In addition, Danielle holds a Ph.D. in counseling Psychology, is a school Psychologist and adjunct professor of Applied Psychology at New York University where she teaches courses oriented toward mental health and wellness, research methods, and counseling methods.

She has a blog that connects psychology and dance and is currently writing a book on psychology and emotional wellness in dance. She continues to study and teach ballet here in Connecticut and New York