Shawn Burgess – Guest Ballet and Contemporary Instructor
Caroline began her training with the Coronado Academy of Dance at the age of 6. When she reached the advanced level with the academy she moved studios and joined the prestigious California Ballet School directed by Maxine Mahon. With the school Caroline trained rigorously under the direction of teachers such as Prima Ballerina Denise Dabrowski. At the age of 15 she was accepted into the Coronado School of the Arts. Within the program she began her serious training in modern dance, concert jazz, and contemporary ballet. She choreographed an immense number of works for the schools productions and even had one of her pieces featured in a professional show with the California Ballet Company. She received national recognition for her role as Peter Pan in CoSA’s production ofFlight to Neverland and was a competitor in the Youth America Grand Prix just before suffering a severe ankle injury after the semi finals. She was accepted into the University of California Irvine’s Dance Program where her professional training began. She was featured in performances such as Eugene Loring’s, “Billy the Kid,” as well as many others before receiving her bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance in June 2015, graduating a year earlier than expected. She is currently an apprentice with the contemporary dance company, The PGK Dance Project, directed by Peter Kalivas, in San Diego, as well as an instructor with California Ballet School and pursuing her Pilates certification.