Katherine J. Smith, a native Washingtonian, is a graduate from The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and received her B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts [currently University of the Arts]. Ms. Smith has worked with renowned choreographers such as James Truitte, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Ulysseus Dove, Milton Myers, Donald Byrd, Kevin “Iega” Jeff and Faye Snow. Her concert experiences include Dayton Contemporary, Rod Rodgers, Forces of Nature, Gallman’s New World, D.C. Contemporary, George Faison, and Juba Dance Companies.
A member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Ms. Smith’s theater credits also include Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed; George Faison’s For Colored Girls; Mike Malone’s Black Nativity at The Kennedy Center in which she received the O’Keefer Award for Best Female Dancer in a Musical Production; Bessie’s Blues, Studio Theatre; Purlie, Fox Theater, Atlanta; and the National Tour of The Wiz. Katherine has extended her professional dance training in the direction of mentor, instructor, and choreographer in association with established amateur/professional performing companies and community outreach programs.
Currently, Ms. Smith is Founder and Artistic Director of her own company; Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Katherine is on the dance faculties of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University.
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