Catie Deitz-Griffith (instructor) began her training in Newton, New Jersey, where she studied the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova Ballet techniques. She furthered her training in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School, Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She moved to Chicago in 1999 to study at the Giordano Dance Center. She joined Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II and in 2002, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, where she was a company member for five years. During this time, Catie became the Tour Ballet Mistress for the company and also worked as an independent artist, dancing for Eddy Ocampo, Elijah Gibson and Jon Lehrer. She has also worked with choreographers Gus Giordano, Randy Duncan, Davis Robertson and Margo Sappington.
Since moving to Chicago, she has taught at a number of local dance studios where her choreography has won numerous awards and given young dancers an opportunity to dance in Dance Chicago, Walt Disney World, and many other local venues. She is currently on the faculty of Inaside Chicago Dance as a company class instructor and is a member of the dance faculty at Northern Illinois University.