Collateral & Co. Contemporary Dance Company was founded in May 2017 when Founder and Artistic Director Caitlin McCarty returned home to the Reno, Nevada area after working for New York-based Gallim Dance. Born and raised in Reno, NV, Caitlin McCarty is a writer, dance teacher, and choreographer who has spent much of her young life creating throughout the Reno community. Caitlin began her dance training in classical ballet at The Conservatory of Movement and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in English Writing and a minor in Dance.
Leslie Balzer, a native Nevadan, has danced with Collateral and Co. since its inception in 2017. Now the Assistant Artistic Director, Leslie has been dancing for ten years with her dance career beginning in High School as a Dance major at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. She continued dancing throughout college, obtaining a Dance minor.
Collateral & Co. explores the intricacies of the human experience and investigates the nuances of everyday life through exploration of written word, physical and emotional experiences, and bodily expression.
The company’s recent work includes performances at Reno Little Theater for the premiere of their first work Gunpowder and Femme, the production of The Poetry Movement, a 2018 Artown site specific dance performance at Sundance Books and Music, Dust Horizon at the Nevada Musuem of Art in April 2019, Dust Settled as part of Artown in 2019, and The Space Above at the Nevada Museum of Art in February 2020. The company was recently honored to perform site specific works at Nevada Humanities’ 2018 and 2019 Literary Crawls.
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