Catie Tramel founded and directed Central Oklahoma Dance Company, a non-profit professional dance company in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the Ballet Master of CODC’s pre-professional school and 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 at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance under Mary Margaret Holt, Austin Hartel, Jeremy Lindberg, Steve Brule, and Clara Cravey Stanley. Catie danced with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet for four seasons, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education – Spec. Injury Prevention in 2014. Catie has a deep interest in developing the safe, successful, and self-aware dancer. Catie coaches students to apply correct technique with tailored exercises to prevent injury. Catie has performed throughout the Southwest in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas and internationally in Indonesia. She has 10+ years of experience teaching ballet technique, modern and contemporary, stretch/conditioning, pointe, and pre-pointe. Her favorite roles to perform were Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Clara (The Nutcracker), and Belle (Tale as Old as Time).