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 studying classical ballet in Japan and later attended the London School of Ballet in Hong Kong where she trained under the Royal Academy of Dancing. Aileen has had the great privilege of being trained by highly acclaimed artists such as Joan Campbell, Michael Cornell, Preston Li, and So Hon Wah. Since moving to the United States, she has performed principal roles as a guest artist with various local companies in productions such as CoppeliaSwan LakeRaymondaThe Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker.

She is an instructor for the Align Ballet Method and is also the president of the Caltech Ballet Club where she teaches open ballet classes and choreographs both classical and contemporary pieces for the Caltech Dance Show. She is currently a company member of Pasadena Dance Theatre and has performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker.

Aileen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at Caltech, and conducts research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.








Preston Li


Preston is a graduate of the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy, China, where he trained in both Russian and Royal Ballet styles. He received the Gold Medal at Henna Ballet Competition, Zhengzhou, China, and was selected as one of the four best dancers to perform in the musical Cats and West Side Story in Tokyo, Japan. After a successful run, he received a full scholarship to Princeton Ballet, NJ. He later accepted a principal position to dance with Joffrey II, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Ballet MET, and other notable dance companies. He continued performing for more than 20 years in a wide variety of classical, character and modern roles from productions such as The Nutcracker, Madame Butterfly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Le Corsaire, and The Sleeping Beauty.

Upon retiring from the stage in 2007, Preston was invited to be the Co-Artistic Director of Dance Peninsula Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Patricia Stander. He has taught all levels of aspiring dancers in the Los Angeles area for competitions, and created dance performances, programs, and works for regional festivals. He has taught for Pasadena Dance Theatre, Shin Dance, and Kova Ballet, and several of his students are now in professional companies —Joffrey Ballet II in Chicago, Ballet West, Nevada Dance Theatre, Idaho Ballet, and America Figure Skating Winter Olympics team 2010.









Artemis Ailianou


Artemis Ailianou started learning ballet with Heather McCaig at Caltech Ballet. She received additional training in ballet from Leigh Purtill, Aileen Hui, and Preston Li. She shares her love of ballet with modern dance and has received training from John Pennington and Hillary Thomas. She has performed classical ballet variations from Coppelia, Carmen, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, and The Nutcracker with Caltech Ballet and other Pasadena ensembles. She's currently a member of Rubans Rouges Dance Company and LA Unbound.

Artemis has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and is a research scientist in industry. 













Emily Bratmon


Emily Bratmon is the current owner and teacher of the Collenette School of Dancing, where she has been a pupil and performer for the past two decades. She is the third generation teacher to keep the legacy alive. She has attended The California Institute of the Arts, has danced for the Pasadena Dance Theatre and has spent two summers dancing with the Salzburg International Ballet in Austria.



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