Katie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet with teaching and performance emphases from the University of Utah. Her training also includes Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet, Ballet West Conservatory, Shenandoah Conservatory and Frederick Classical Ballet. She danced professionally with Ballet Theatre of Maryland under the direction of Edward Stewart for four seasons. Ms. Katie spent five years teaching dance in the Maryland and Virginia area before co-founding the Ashburn Academy of Dance in 2001. As co-founder, she, alongside Anne Marie Kimmell, has grown the Ashburn Academy of Dance into a respected dance school in Loudoun County. She is also the co-artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Ashburn, a non-profit 501c3 ballet company founded in 2004, which provides performance opportunities for dancers in the Loudoun County area. Each year the company produces a full stage “Nutcracker” production as well as takes the company members to local nursing homes and retirement centers to bring art into the community. In 2011, she co-founded the “Edge Performance Company” which is a contemporary dance company sponsored by the Ballet Theatre of Ashburn. Edge Company members are given the opportunity to dance in various venues throughout the community and will be participating in the company’s first annual Malone Foundation charity performance which will be held at Franklin Park this upcoming spring. Ms. Katie is very excited to start the fourteenth season here at the Ashburn Academy of Dance in company with such a professional faculty of experienced dance teachers!