Katherine first discovered the magic of ballet while attending a local studio’s ballet production of “Beauty and the Beast.” After her first class, she was head over heels (or more accurately, shoulders over hips) in love with ballet!
Mrs. Katherine’s journey in dance began at age 10 after three years of gymnastics training. Gymnastics had built strength and flexibility, but ballet’s unique traditions and technique challenged her physically and artistically. Throughout middle and high school, Katherine seriously studied the art of ballet at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts under the direction of Mrs. Virginia Dupont. Katherine enjoyed pointe work and performing in BADA’s bi-annual Christmas ballet, Unto Us (featured as the Halleluiah Chorus soloist), and countless year-end productions including The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella (featured as the Summer Fairy), and Swan Lake (featured as Odette).
After graduating from Vandalia Christian School and completing 7 years of training at BADA, Katherine continued to study ballet as well as jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance at UNC-Greensboro. She participated in student and faculty choreographed performances and was featured en pointe in various pieces. While studying at UNCG, Katherine founded the dance program at Creative N’rgy (now named SESD).
In May 2013, Katherine graduated with a BA in Dance which requires proficiency in technique, choreography, improvisation, and dance history. The following summer, Katherine became owner and director of SESD. Under Katherine’s direction, the dance program has grown from only three classes on Saturdays, to a full schedule including Acro classes, a structured ballet program, and competition teams. In addition to directing the Dance and Acro programs at SESD, Katherine enjoys guest choreographing for Lawndale Baptist Church’s Spring Youth Concert and Christmas productions, and teaching in local preschools.
Katherine’s professional performance work includes festivals and concerts under the direction of local choreographers and companies including the Terranova Dance Theatre, Winston Salem Festival Ballet, and Mrs. Virginia Dupont.