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Rooted Dance Maker

Kate is a performer, choreographer, theatre maker, teacher and co-Artistic Director of award-winning dance theatre performance collective Gracefool Collective, which she co-founded in 2013. 

The company has been collaboratively devising together for eight years, touring two professional works nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, and working regularly on choreographic and teaching commissions with professionals, students and non-professionals.

Gracefool opened the prestigious National Showcase for Dance in 2019 and was part of BBC’s Dance Passion 2019; their performance of This Is Not A Wedding was voted by the BBC as one of the top 9 amazing moments of the day. Previous work, This Really Is Too Much, toured across the UK and internationally, including a 4 & 5 star run at the Edinburgh Fringe, gaining the Underbelly Untapped Award for ‘innovative new writing.’ In 2018 This Really Is Too Much toured Sweden and won the Stockholm Fringe Grand Prix Award for Excellence in Performance Art. 


Kate is a regular collaborator with Liverpool-based Art-Pop band Stealing Sheep. She has choreographed three live shows for them; Luma Disco, (a live gig for Manchester International Festival), Suffragette Summer (an outdoor promenade performance featuring 12 dancers and 15 female drummers for festivals across the UK) and WOW Machine (an immersive music and dance experience inspired by electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire). She’s worked as a devising performer for companies such as Made by Katie Green and Company of Others and most recently with LA-based performance artist Trulee Hall in a site-specific contemporary opera commissioned by the Zabludowicz Collection in London. 


Kate teaches regularly at conservatoire and HE level including as a guest teacher and choreographer at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Edge Hill University and Salford University. She is currently leading the contemporary technique module on the Dance and Drama course at York St John’s University. She teaches choreography masterclasses and movement workshops nationally and internationally including in Sweden (Kulturskolan Örnsköldsvik) and Colombia (Academia de Ballet Allegro, Cali, Espacio 2ES, Bogota). She also works across community settings, facilitating movement sessions and co-creating performance work with a diverse range of groups including teenagers, children, young adults facing isolation and exclusion, refugee and asylum seekers and older adults. 

Kate trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2013.


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