Kaitlyn Hayes began her dance training on Cape Cod, MA with Virginia Zango. In 2003, she attended Boston Ballet, where she performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker. After attending three years of high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts), she proceeded to attend and graduate Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase College with a BFA in dance and a concentration in choreography.
Ms. Hayes had the pleasure of working with many choreographers while attending both schools, including Camille A. Brown, Brenda Daniels and Bradley Shelver, as well as performing works by Merce Cunningham. Upon graduation, she performed all over Massachusetts with many choreographers, including Tony Williams, Thomas Vacanti, Maryanne Kodzis, David Sun, and Jackie Underwood. She joined Portland Ballet in 2013 and has performed many roles, including Arabian Coffee, Victorian Doll, and Snow Crystal in The Victorian Nutcracker, the Narrator in Tell Tale Heart in Shipman’s Three Tales by Poe, the title role of Alice in Roberto Forleo's Alice with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Push Me Pull You. This is Ms. Hayes' sixth season with Portland Ballet.