Caitlin Elledge is the Artistic Director and choreographer for XCD. Caitlin grew up in Southern Mississippi, where she began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in the Vaganova Method under the direction of Henry Danton (Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells), and Yvonne Bergeron (New Orleans Ballet). During her early and teenage years, she performed roles such as "Swanilda" from Coppelia,"Pas de Trois" from Swan Lake, and a multitude of other soloist and principal roles. When Caitlin was 15, she performed her first paid professional role as "Spanish Soloist" from The Nutcracker, and at the age of 16, moved to Nashville to further her career and education in classical ballet. Caitlin then danced for 3 years at Nashville Ballet, performing roles such as "Peasant Pas" from Giselle, "Pas de Trois" from La Bayadere, and "Waltz of the Flowers" in Paul Vasterling's "Nashville's Nutcracker". During her time with Nashville Ballet, Caitlin had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Chris Stuart (Nashville Ballet), Paul Vasterling, and Victoria Simon (Balanchine Trust).
Caitlin then decided it was time to heal and steer away from the toxicity of the ballet world to focus on modern and contemporary, while still freelancing and guest performing soloist and principal roles for ballet schools.
Caitlin has had the joy of choreographing for VUPointe Ballet Company at Vanderbilt University, and also dance with Blue Moves Modern Dance. These opportunities inspired her to create her own company, and hopes that her work will help and inspire others to spread a good message to the world, hopefully changing the toxicity of dance culture as a whole.