Kaitlin Zeis was born in Dayton, Ohio. She began dancing at the age of 3 in Palmdale, California before going on to train at the Northwest Florida Ballet Academy and Gem City Ballet. In 2015, she attended Orlando Ballet School, rising to trainee in 2016. While there, she appeared in the company’s productions of George Balanchine’s Serenade, Arcadian Broad’s Beauty and the Beast, and Robert Hill’s The Nutcracker. In 2017, Ms. Zeis joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a trainee, where she went on to perform with the company’s corps de ballet in Angel Corella’s productions of Don Quixote, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, as well as Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. She has attended summer programs at Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Corella Ballet, and most recently ArtOf (an international workshop sponsored by William Forsythe). Throughout the pandemic, Ms. Zeis studied privately with Wendy Whelan, Yannick Boquin, Lynne Charles, Holly Dorger, Yvonne Borree, Samantha Dunster, and Isabelle Ciaravola. Exploring various dance styles, she also works with teachers/choreographers Al Blackstone, Lloyd Culbreath, and Joshua Bergasse, and appears in an upcoming PBS special on post-COVID dance. Ms. Zeis is thrilled to be joining KCB II for the 21-22 season.