Katelyn Ettinger was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. Her story begins as a young 6 year old competitive gymnast training and competing in Artistic Gymnastics, as well as Trampoline and Power Tumbling. At age 14, Katelyn began training in dance to support her gymnastics training. Soon after, she began competitive dance training in a variety of disciplines and even began teaching at her local dance studio, while also coaching gymnastics at her home gym. After graduating from High School, Katelyn went on to earn her Bachelors Degree at Saint Mary's University from 2009-2013. During that time she attended dance conventions in Halifax, Toronto and New York City while continuing to teach competitive dance and choreographing for the Varsity Dance Team. Katelyn's choreography has been showcased at a variety of competitions and events throughout Canada and the United States, including The Dance Worlds at Disney in Orlando, Florida.
Recently, Katelyn has choreographed for the Juno nominated kids pop band Marlowe & The MiX featuring Johnny Orlando, Raina Harten and Ethan Young (CTV’s The Launch), as their concert choreographer. Their song, WE Change the World, was performed at WE Day Toronto in 2017 and WE Day Ottawa in 2018. Katelyn has also choreographed for Toronto Dance Project, the National Music Camp of Canada, and programs for empowering young girls and at-risk youth. Katelyn teaches full time from September to June for Canadian Dance Company and Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, specializing in Acrobatics and Tumbling. She is also the director of a pre-professional acrobatic dance company called CTRL Acrobatics. The company aims to train high level athletes for the professional world of acrobatic performance with innovative coaching and best practice training and technique. When she is not in the studio, Katelyn can be found teaching at Dance Attack Acro conventions (British Columbia, Halifax and Ontario), the Student Expo, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo and for the Performing Arts Educators of Canada. In the summer months, she teaches Acro workshops in multiple studios throughout Ontario, and travels coast to coast teaching intensives throughout Canada. She has her National Coaching Certification for Gymnastics (NCCP), her Acro Dance certification in Acrobatic Arts (AAC) and her professional flexibility certification with Alixa Flexibility (AF). Katelyn is often recognized for teaching dancers advanced tumbling skills/skill variations as well as drills for setting a solid foundation in young acrobats.