Originally from West Yorkshire, Katy is a Dance Artist curious about the connection between improvisational dance practice and learning environments. She is passionate about sharing her work with all ages and abilities. This website shares different aspects of her freelance work and her interests in life long learning and the joy dance can bring to people's lives.
Contact: email@example.com for more information.
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Graduate from Northern School of Contemporary Dance Masters, Verve 18 Performance Company / BPA First Class Cons Degree/ Foundation Course.
A huge thank you to the following artists & companies. It has been a joy to be a part of their creative journeys.
Previous performance work includes:
Vanessa Grasse, Mesh (Ulsan Promenade Festival & Gwatcheon Festival South Korea, Surf the Wave Bournemouth, West Yorkshire, Great Exhibition of the North Newcastle)
Northern Rascals 'Tails of the Mesmerist' & 'The Mesmerist" (Leeds & Cambridge Library Presents).
Manic Chord Theatre 'War Paint' R&D at Hullabaloo Children's Theatre, Darlington.
Akshay Sharma, A fragile geography as part of Northern Connections.
Charlotte Jones, Together Finding R&D
Laura Booth & Katie Taylor 'Open Sessions' R&D at City Moves, Aberdeen.
Verve 18: Sita Osthiemer, Matthew Robinson, Lenka Vagnerova, Hannes Langolf & Isham Rustem. (UK Tour, Germany & Malta).
Email for copy of performance showreel.
Teacher & Facilitator
Katy is curious about translating her practice to all ages & abilities in a playful, imagery, self discovery led way. She has taught for a wide range of organisations and projects:
Professional Classes - ProDance Leeds, The Middle Floor (Leeds) & Surface Area Dance Theatre.
Children (Early Years) - Improplay, Moving Stories (see tabs above)
Children (5yrs+) - Creative Dance Class for 5/6yrs olds (Learning & Participation at Northern School of Contemporary Dance), Primary Schools (Rural Steps Project, Northern Ballet) & in Italy (Global English Theatre).
Young People (9-19yrs) - Youth Technique & Youth Dance Company, High School Taster Sessions, Auditions for Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), CAT Creative Choreography Module, CAT Easter Intensive.(NSCD), Rural Steps (ACE supported project) School Taster sessions across North Yorkshire, setting up youth dance companies in Skipton, Harrogate & Thirsk. For more information on Thirsk Youth Dance Company see tab above in teaching.
In 2019 Katy joined the Flying Seagull Project at UK Festivals and in Greece (Lesvos & Samos Refugee Camps) giving smiles and laughter, play, magic, songs and dance to children & young people. Check out to support this charity and the incredible work they do.
(Photo by Ellen Dutton at Improplay Pilot Wetherby Arts Festival19)
Current Projects are:
Improplay Project (R&D Arts Council England Funded)
A research & development exploring collaboration between children & professional dancers. Investigating how the power of imagination & improvisational dance practice can create new perspectives for learning engagement in educational environments.
Moving Stories - An Interactive Performance Work
(Leeds Dance Partnership/Yorkshire Dance supported)
Inspired by Montessori approaches & non verbal communication between children-teachers & children-parents. The work is for Nursery's, Reception & Key Stage 1 or community settings. (See Moving Stories tab above for more information).
Previous choreographic research includes the following works below:
Three, Two, One..
A Research Project in 2016 for a children’s work using improvisation scores & audience interaction.
Informal Sharing to NSCD Saturday School children & families.
Performers: James Olivo, Sara Fusato, Maria Elena Bolelli.
Sketch of a Sketch
Burst Yorkshire Dance 2017
Performed by Holly Pooley and Sara Fusato.
Research Project: A structured durational
Improvisation, 2017 using biographical audio, film recordings and visual projection.