Teaching Bio

KT has been teaching since 1995. Her classes vary their structure and content depending on the focus – be it technique, composition, dance film, improvisation or philosophy.

The through line is her interest in how each individual intersects with the ideas of “the good body,” “phenomenal dancing,” and “transcend to magic.”

She strives to cultivate a platform for every dance artist to find a personal practice that is rigorous, playful, honest, curious, fluid, socially and politically expansive and pointed toward unabashed excellence. This desire shape shifts – gets deeper or lighter depending on the nature of the interaction, whether it be an on-going weekly ritual of a class with the Seattle dance community, a sultry summer workshop, a short term guest artist visit or a longer engagement in a college or university.

KT’s experience is vast in scope. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Oberlin College, The University of Washington, Western Washington University and Cornish College of the Arts. She has been a guest artist at institutions including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, The SNDO in Amsterdam, Estudio 3 in Madrid, The Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, Mt. Holyoke, Hobart William Smith, Kenyon College, Evergreen College, among others. She has taught master classes, Lecture Demonstrations and/or workshops at dozens of U.S. colleges including Ohio State, Vanderbilt, UCSD, UC Riverside, CSULB, Reed, Alfred University and University of Oregon. She taught for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Contemporary Track, has been on faculty for the Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance two times and has regularly taught for The Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive. She has also served as an adjudicator for ACDFA in the Northwest and Southwest regions.

KT has built three pedagogical systems that she has taught and refined for 20 years. Reinvent Your Eye – Tools for Abstract Composition is a class for generative artists in any field that uses highly structured improvisational scores to examine the components associated with creating non-linear, non-narrative art-works. Physical Practice is a ritualized daily training class for professional dancers. And her workshop Frame by Frame takes the new dance filmmaker through every step of the process – sound and choreographic elements, storyboarding, location scouting, styling and directing – as they create their own short dance film.

KT was the founder and director of Velocity Dance Center in Seattle from 1996-2006 and for 15 years taught a regular Wednesday morning Advanced Physical Practice class there – a source of delight, inspiration and spirituality.