Miss Katherine is a Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Her qualifications include, the Certificate in Dance Education(CDE) in Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre dance; AISTD Dip; MIDTA; MNATD ; Cert Ed(FE); Katherine has danced since she was 4 years old, having originally been taught Russian classical ballet- Legat & Vagonova techniques by Lydia Kyasht Junior. She is continually updating her training and has a never ending thirst for dance and movement knowledge, she especially enjoys all aspects of choreography and artistic direction; she works as a freelance choreographer when the opportunities arise. Katherine hopes to further develop this skill with many more initiative and original works. She has produced and choreographed three original works for the International Edinburgh fringe festival, the second of which-“Titanic and the band played on” attracted lottery funding to create & produce.
As Principal of Cirencester Creative Dance Academy, which Katherine founded in 1997, she teaches the ISTD syllabi and all genres of dance. The academy aims to give students many performance opportunities as well as a sound basic training. She has several former students studying vocationally as well as working professionally in London and Europe..
In 2007 Katherine founded “Acting Thru Dance Productions” open to post eighteen dancers, singers & actors; this has evolved to give former students, talented dancers and actors a springboard into the profession. International fringe festivals and small scale productions are its speciality.
Katherine is the lecturer in charge of dance at Cirencester College, where she teaches Advanced Level Dance, Btec Dance and Performing Arts, musical theatre and variety units and is responsible for artistically directing and choreographing the college’s annual musical. Katherine has choreographed and directed over 40 shows ranging from musicals to three act ballets. Two of her video choreographies have been screened on television in the UK and abroad.
Whilst running CCDA, she still teaches weekly classes of all genres to examination level and specialises in performance work and developing creativity in all her students. Katherine particularly enjoys the annual summer show, trying to put a new spin on every production to inspire all her pupils. She also has a particular mission to encourage Boys into dance, this so far has been very successful –currently CCDA boasts 20 males among its pupils, and four boys/men making their way professionally as performers, choreographers, dancers and teachers. During her varied career path Katherine has also worked as a make-up artist for national magazines and models, as well as a fitness teacher, holding qualifications in aerobics, step and exercise to music. Creativity, performance and dance have always been part of her life and professional career.
Dance is her passion and Katherine hopes to be able to make it yours!