After training competitively in Middle Tennessee, Manning received a B.F.A from Ohio State University where she worked with choreographers such as Abby Zbikowski, Joshua Manculich, Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Stephen Koplowitz, Ohad Fishof/Noa Zuk, and others. As a sophomore, her duet with Tadas Varaneckas, "Blended Hues", premiered at the 2015 Midwest American College Dance Festival Conference. Her senior choreographic work "From Four to Two", a 10 minute piece based on anthropological studies of humans, won the 2016 BellaMoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist Festival in Chicago, Illinois and an interview in Dance Informa Magazine.
Manning most recently presented her duet, "Bum One", at Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. While at OSU, Manning curated a love for dance film. Cailin's first dance film, "Unveiling", premiered at both 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio and the Jacksonville Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. She has set work for Seven Dance Company, The Collaborative Dance Project, Susan Petry & The Gift Project, Found Youth, and Found Movement Group. Now back in Nashville, she has taken on the role of Associate Director for Found Movement Group under the executive direction of Stacie Flood-Popp. For Found's 14th season, Cailin will be Creative Director and present her first full evening length work March 29th- 31st. Other endeavors include teaching for Southern Association of Dance Masters and Millennium Dance Complex in Nashville.