Dancing since 1986, Kathryn has had over 20 years teaching experience throughout studios across the GTA and in upstate New York. Educated at The State University of New York at Buffalo, she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts In Dance in 2002. Here Kathryn studied ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz and tap techniques daily and worked with industry leaders becoming educated on such relevant topics as anatomy of the dancer, dance injuries and their prevention, dance history, pedagogy (the application of teaching children how to dance), and choreography. Upon her graduation, Kathryn travelled to Italy as a member of a contemporary dance company through a study abroad program. Following her return to North America, she moved to New York City for a year and gained industry experience through auditioning for dance companies, and stage, television, and film productions.
Kathryn has worked steadily over the years as a dancer, choreographer and actor. She is an alumni Argos Cheerleader, has been featured as an actor and model in national commercials and print work for such companies at TD Bank, Canadian Tire, Sleep Country Canada, VH Sauces. She also had the pleasure of working as one of the assistant choreographer to Jeff Dimitriou for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Closing Ceremonies.
Kathryn’s quest to always increase her knowledge led her to become fully certified with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (A.D.A.P.T.) in jazz and tap. She is also an Associate Teacher with the Society of Russian Ballet (S.R.B., ASSOC.) developed by Agrippina Vaganova. Kathryn is certified as an acro teacher with Acrobatique Acro/Dance and Acrobatic Arts.
Kathryn’s innovative & unique tap, jazz, contemporary, and ballet choreography has led the studio’s Performance Company team to repeatedly successful competitive seasons where BDC Performance Company students most recently have received numerous judges special awards, various scholarships, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall placings and BDC has repeatedly won the title of top studio of the competition!
Through the Bisland Dance Centre, Kathryn shares her continually expanding wealth of knowledge with her students and bring out in each one of them their passion and commitment to achieve their individual best. Kathryn truly believes that every child has the potential to dance. She strives, through carefully understanding the cognitive abilities of each of her students, to achieve the proper application of dance technique within their personal ability so every student has the opportunity to really dance!