Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Education: DePaul University
Years With GDC: 2
Kate moved to Chicago to study jazz dance under the legendary Gus Giordano and members of the Company. As a member of the second company and guest performer with
Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago, she taught beginning and intermediate jazz class levels, choreographed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at Northwestern University and appeared in industrials, fashion shows and a television commercial choreographed by Gus Giordano. In addition to studying dance, Kate studied voice, acting at Steppenwolf and Improv at Second City under Don De Pollo. She graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with double
Minors in General Studio Art and Women’s Studies from DePaul University in 1989 and following, studied for a Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in the Radio/TV/Film department.
After many years working for Lettuce Entertain You in roles from salad prep to Special Events Manager, Kate transitioned into the field of architecture, managing 3 firms
over a 14 year span. In 2009, she rediscovered her passion and became a Certified BeMoved© Dance Instructor. Kate mentors new instructors in the Methodology of BeMoved, created by former company member, Sherry Zunker, and has elevated her own training to the Artistry Level. She has a distinct passion for the senior population through the Gentle BeMoved program. Kate has taught Jazz and/or BeMoved Dance classes at the original Giordano Dance School in Evanston, Lou Conte Dance Studios, The Joffrey, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Old Town School of Folk Music, Joel Hall Dance Studios, Belle Plaine Studios, Visceral, Dove Tail Studios and Chicago Dance Center in Chicago. She currently teaches BeMoved Dance at the Glenwood Dance Studio in Rogers Park where she lives with her two sons. Her position at Giordano Dance Chicago, as the Office Manager has once again immersed her into the world of concert dance, the Chicago dance community and Giordano Dance Chicago, for which she is immensely grateful.