Instructors


Heather McCaig

Heather McCaig was primarily trained by Barbara Remington in Portland, Oregon, and also attended Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla, Washington. During her undergraduate years at Oregon State University she danced at the Corvallis Ballet Academy as well as commuted to Portland to rehearse at the Stites Center with Barbar Remington on the weekends. She performed as a principal with the Stites Concert Ballet and Pacific Festival Ballet, and has been a guest artist with Corvallis Ballet Academy, Columbia Dance, and Pasadena Civic Ballet. She is currently a company member of Pasadena Dance Theatre and Pasadena Civic Ballet. Her roles include Swanhilda from Coppelia, Bluebird and Crystal Fairy from The Sleeping Beauty, Dewdrop Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Paquita in the ballet of the same name. 

Heather has a phd in chemistry and is currently working as a post-doc at JPL. Over the past three years she has performed pieces from Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Carmen at the Caltech Dance Show. She has also choreographed a contemporary solo (Labyrinth) and classical group pieces (Waltz of the Hours and Carmen) for the ballet club to perform in the Caltech Dance Show.

Aileen Oyama Hui


Aileen began her ballet training at age 4 at Shiomi’s Ballet Studio in Tokyo, Japan. She later studied at the London School of Ballet in Hong Kong where she trained under the Royal Academy of Dancing. In high school, she began training in modern dance and was a company member of Saltatrix, her school’s modern dance company.

Aileen has had the great privilege of being trained by highly acclaimed artists such as Joan Campbell, Michael Cornell, Preston Li, So Hon Wah, and Patricia Godfrey. She has performed in various ballets and has been a guest artist with San Gabriel Dance Studio, Le Studio, and Dance Conservatory of Pasadena, performing various pieces from Coppelia, Swan Lake, RaymondaThe Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Her roles in The Nutcracker include Doll, Snow Queen, Dewdrop Fairy, and Sugar Plum Fairy. She has also choreographed and performed pieces for the Caltech Dance Show, her most recent performance being the Pas de Deux from Giselle

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at Caltech, Aileen works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while continuing to dance and teach adult and teen ballet. She is currently a company member of Pasadena Dance Theatre and a soloist with Dance Conservatory of Pasadena. She will also be teaching Align 1 in Pasadena starting May 20, 2014

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