FOUNDER | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kat is a N.C. native and began her training under the direction of Melanie Paschal Wiles. In 2006 she attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, where she graduated with a concentration in Contemporary dance. In 2008, she was awarded a creative talent scholarship to attend the Hollins University/American Dance Festival undergraduate program under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield and Jeffery Bullock. During this time, she was an active member of the Hollins Repertory Dance Company and had the opportunity to work with dance artists from all over the world. She has performed works by Laura Dean, Rodger Belman, Monica Bill Barnes, Helen Simoneau, Dawn Springer, Jen Rosenblit and Ashley Anderson, among others. Her choreographic work has been featured at the American College Dance Festival, NYC’s CPR – Center for Performance Research, and Hollins University. In 2014/2015, she collaborated with Gaspard Louis to create DanceX18, which opened for Pilobolus Dance Theater at the Durham Performing Arts Center. From 2012-2015 Kat was on faculty at the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival studios in Durham, NC, where she taught creative movement, modern, and jazz. In 2015, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she joined the Millennium Dance Complex faculty as their modern instructor. In addition to her experience above, Kat is also the founder and creative director of the NC Dance Ambassadors program.
Michael Callahan is a Performer/Choreographer based out of New York City. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Michael studied at The Youth Performing Arts School, Broadway Theatre Project, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He went on to earn his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Elon University. Currently, you can find him in the Broadway Production of Aladdin the Musical as Swing/u/s Iago. Michael is also the Dance Supervisor for Aladdin - Mexico City. To learn more about Michael please visit https://www.michaelcallahan.me
Rachael Markarian, originally from Boston, currently resides in Los Angeles and has had a successful career in the Entertainment Industry. She has toured and danced for Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce, P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Cher, and more. She's performed in two Super Bowl Halftime Shows and has been a guest performer on numerous shows like DWTS, American Idol, The Grammy's, MTV VMAs, AMAs, and The Billboard Awards.
Rachael has also been in over 30 films, TV shows, and commercials including Legion, Glee, True Blood, Rush Hour 3, Gilmore Girls Revival, Mascots, How I Met Your Mother, CSI, Dr. Ken, No Strings Attached, Microsoft, Target, Chevy, Farmer's Insurance, H&M, and many more. These wonderful opportunities have allowed her to work with well-respected Directors like Ryan Murphy, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Guest, Tim Mielants, Amy Sherman-Palladino, David LaChapelle, and Mathew Cullen to name a few. To learn more about Rachael please visit https://www.rachaelmarkarian.net
Christine Cornish Smith
Christine Cornish Smith is a New York City based dancer, singer and actor. She was most recently seen in the sizzling hot revival of Kiss Me, Kate! on Broadway, where she danced in the ensemble and covered Lois Lane. Christine is most well known for her portrayal of Bombalurina in the original Broadway revival of CATS, and was also seen in the Original Broadway Cast of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. For her work in CATS, she was nominated for "Best Female Performance in a Broadway Musical" for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards. A cum laude graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BFA musical theater), she is a former principal dancer with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. Other credits include: the original work of Agnes DeMille in Oklahoma! at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, original revival tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat helmed by director/choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler, Laurey Williams in Susan Stroman’s Oklahoma! at the MUNY, Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line at the Riverside Theater, and Mimi in Guys and Dolls at the Goodspeed Opera House. She has also performed as a principal vocalist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Niagra Symphony. She appeared in the 25th Anniversary Concert performance of Crazy For You at Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. She has been featured on Playbill.com, Broadway.com, Inside Dance Magazine, and BroadwayBox as one of "Incredible Debuts" of the 2016 Broadway season. @christinecornish www.christinecornishsmith.com
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