Born in New York City, Catherine Hurlin began her dance training at Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westchester Dance Academy. At the 2007 Youth America Grand Prix New York City Finals she was awarded the Hope Award. The following year she received a full scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School under the direction of Franco De Vita. She was awarded the first Angelina Ballerina Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship in 2010 and was a Northern Trust Scholar in 2011. She attended ABT’s Summer Intensive as a National Training Scholar in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Hurlin’s repertoire with ABT Studio Company included Flames of Paris, George Balanchine’s Tarantella, the Dying Swan in Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Raymond Luken’s Verdi and Paul Taylor’s Airs. As a student, she performed with American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in Mozartiana, The Sleeping Beauty and Le Corsaire. Hurlin created the role of Young Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker.