Catherine Livengood Lewellen has been teaching and coaching classical and contemporary ballet for the past 20 years in pre-professional training programs, homeschool training academies, competitive teams and coaching students and small groups towards YAGP and other ballet competitions. As a young dancer, she attended The Harid Conservatory in Florida on full scholarship in their year round program, as well as Booker T Washington High School, where she was in the repertory company and became a YoungArts scholarship recipient. During the summers she trained as a scholarship student at several prestigious schools including American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LINES Contemporary Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she joined the company as a trainee in 1997 after graduating two years early at the age of 16. While there Catherine met Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson who invited her to work with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She also had the pleasure of working with Alonzo King during this time and performing his work. She attended The Juilliard School in 2000 and continued working with Complexions while in NYC. Catherine graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Dallas with a double major in Psychology and Early Childhood Development and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, where she specialized in working with children and adolescents.
In 2013, Catherine was awarded Outstanding Choreographer at Youth America Grand Prix where her classical and contemporary ensembles took first and second place and were invited to the New York City Finals along with some of her other soloists and duos. She has choreographed ensembles that have been performed at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's pre-professional summer program, The Meyerson with Turtle Creek Chorale, Juilliard's Choreography Composition program, Regional Dance America Emerging Choreographers Showcase, Joffrey Ballet School's pre professional trainee program showcase and choreographed and restaged several ballets including La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Coppelia and most recently staged an excerpt of Mercy on Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive students. She has been a master teacher or on faculty at several prominent local schools including Dallas Ballet Center, Prodigy Dance Centre, Dance Industry, and is currently on faculty at Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Dallas Summer Intensive), The Dallas Conservatory, and has most recently joined The Joffrey Ballet faculty at the new Pre Professional Trainee Program in Frisco, TX. Catherine has also coached soloists to the YAGP finals in NYC and made it to the Final Round and the Elite Dance Tournament Finals in LA where she coached the winning soloist who was awarded an apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has trained, mentored, and coached students that have become Presidential Scholars of the Arts and others who are now in prominent schools and companies all over the world, including The Juilliard School, Los Angeles Ballet, Semperoper Dresden Ballet, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, USC, SYTYCD, Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Austin and Miami City Ballet.
Yearning for artistic freedom to fully train and coach serious ballet students in her own format and method, Catherine founded Elite Classical Coaching in August of 2017. Since then during ECC's inaugural year, she has received two Outstanding Teacher Awards (YAGP, WBAC) and three Outstanding Choreographer Awards (WBAC 2017, 2018, WBC). Her students have won the Hope Award and the Youth Grand Prix Award at YAGP semi finals Dallas 2018 and made it to the prestigious Final Round at YAGP Finals in NYC. They have also won their divisions at World Ballet Art Competition and most recently were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals in their respective divisions at World Ballet Competition Finals where ECC was also named Best School. ECC and select students were sought out and personally invited to audition for NBC's hit show World of Dance. Young students from all over the nation are seeking out Catherine's training and traveling from around the globe for coaching and advice. Catherine's students are being sought after for ambassadorships and to represent products, photographers, and brands such as Jule Dancewear, Grishko, The Pointe Shop, Black Swan Brand, Dallas Dance Project, Brian Guilliaux and Kurveshop to name a few. They have received scholarships from most of the top schools across the nation for summer programs and year round programs internationally as well.
Catherine and her husband currently reside in Frisco, TX with their three young children.