Work Phone: 860-945-7723
Year Appointed: 2011
After growing up in Waterbury and graduating summa cum laude from Springfield College, where she majored in dance and minored in philosophy and theater, Kate has continuously performed and taught. Since 2008, she has been a dance artist and collaborator with the Elm City Dance Collective in New Haven, CT, with which she has performed in shows at ECA Arts Hall, the Center for the Arts at Christ Church, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, and at Mystic Aquarium. Additionally, from 2008 to 2010, she also danced with the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble in Hartford, CT. During the summer of 2009, she attended the highly regarded Bates Dance Festival, where she studied pilates, modern dance with Kathleen Hermesdorf, and contemporary Caribbean dance with Tania Isaacs; she also performed and collaborated on an original work by Tania Isaacs as part of her repertory class. As an educator, Kate has served as the dance teacher and interim director at Ethel Walker School; and as a teacher for the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Stafford Academy of Dance, Evjen Academy, Yale University, and Elm City Dance Collective. She has taught dancers of all ages and experience, and she has taught many different styles of movement, including ballet, modern, creative movement, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, choreographic composition, and theatrical performance and improvisation. At Taft, Kate directs and teaches dance and works as a member of the school duty team.