Meet the Dancers
Kaitlin was born in Albuquerque, NM and then moved to Las Vegas, NV and finally Southern California. She began her formal dance training at the Antelope Valley Performing Arts Conservatory under the direction of Marlene Hall. She continued her training at the University of California, Irvine where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Literary Journalism in addition to Dance. While at UCI, Kaitlin trained with Diane Diefenderfer, Jodie Gates, Chad Michael Hall, Loretta Livingston, Molly Lynch, Shana Menaker and Tong Wang. Kaitlin’s performance experience includes concerts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Antonio Banderas’ Painted Turtle Benefit Concert, a European tour with the Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a summer intensive with the Joffrey Ballet School. Kaitlin began dancing with Embark in 2013 and is extremely excited to continue creating with them.
Katie Marshall grew up dancing and playing in San Jose, California. After receiving much of her training from Jensen School for the Performing Arts, Katie grew as a choreographer and performer as part of IndepenDANCE Co, under the direction of Kellye Dodd. There, she performed in works by Jose Limón, staged by Gary Masters, sjDANCEco’s Dancin’ Downtown, and in the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade. Extending her roots further south, she attended CSU Long Beach to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance at Cal State Long Beach, where she was the recipient of the Lana Alper Memorial Scholarship and Susan McLain Scholarship. There, Katie worked with Kate Andrews, Andrew Vaca, Heather Ahern, Jiří Kylián, Doug Varone, Bill T. Jones, Nick Duran, Gerald Casel, Keith Johnson, and Colleen Dunagan, and gained valuable experience as a rehearsal assistant and choreographer. After graduating, Katie was a Production Intern for Musical Theatre West, and currently serves there as a Patron Services Representative. She is currently pursuing a budding interest in Musical Theatre.
Tamara was raised in San Dimas, California where she grew up as a basketball player with her parents and two older sisters. It wasn't until attending Citrus College when she began dancing and quickly discovered a passion for modern dance under the instruction of Michelle Duran Shear. Tamara went on to earn her B.A. in Dance along with a B.A. in Communications- Entertainment and Tourism at the California State University of Fullerton. In the summer of 2014, Tamara earned her 200-hour yoga teaching certificate which has helped her train smarter as a dancer and become even more appreciative of dance. She currently works at the Disneyland Resort in the Entertainment Department and continues teaching yoga. Tamara is blessed to train with EDT for the first time and cannot wait to be a part of what the company creates.
Bailey is a Utah native who recently made the move to California. She was choosen as the region sterling scholar in dance and went on to attend Weber State University where she was the recipient of the outstanding dancer and outstanding orchesis member award. She was also the first ever dance major to recieve the Lindquist Arts Scholarship. She also participated in the Arts Fusion Project, Save the Arts Project as well as Repertory Dance Company's Green Map Project. She was also a member of Ririe Woodbury Dance Company's Step Up Program for three seasons. She has choreographed for companies throughout northern Utah but has a true love for performing. She danced with the St. George Dance Company for their fall 2014 and is currently also a member of Kairos Dance Company.
Krissy Ray, from San Dimas, California, has a passion for movement that began with gymnastics. She trained intensively in the sport for 12 years, competing at the Jr. Olympic national level. At age 16, her dance training began at Cutting Edge Dance Center in Pomona, CA, under Patrice Coral, Mark Meismer, Will Johnston, and Marissa Osato. In 2015, Krissy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University with a B.S. in Applied Health. While at APU, she danced with Azusa Pacific Dance Company and trained at Edge PAC. Krissy plans to become a physical therapist by day, while continuing modern dance by night. She hopes that her love of dance will inform her physical therapy career in a special way, and vice versa. Dance brings so much joy to Krissy's life; She is extremely honored and thrilled to be a part of Embark Dance Theatre and is looking forward to delving deeper into the dance community and learning from such hard-working, gifted human beings.