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Kathleen Fenn Thomas

 

Kathleen Fenn Thomas

Kathleen “Kat” started dancing at five years old to correct an inverted gait and immediately fell in love with dance. She danced for fun with a small studio in her hometown in Anniston, Alabama. With the start of her freshman year of high school she transferred to Briarwood Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama and began intensive training. After completing four years she attended Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. There she studied the Vaganova ballet technique under teachers such as Laura Morton from Ben Stevenson Academy, Lori Worrill-Biggs of Joffrey II, Britta Heermann-Wynne of State Opera Germany, and Ravenna Tucker principal dancer for The Birmingham Royal Ballet.  Kat also studied Limόn and Graham modern dance techniques under Amy Roark-McIntosh, Britta Heermann-Wynne, and Stephen Wynne of State Opera Germany and Tanz-Forum.  While at Belhaven she performed pieces by Ken Tolle, Robert Wesner, Melissa Nolen-Bobick, Laura Morton, and Stephan Wynne. She also took classes from Steve Rooks from Martha Graham Dance Company, Hope Boykin and Matthew Rushing of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sharon Perry from Still Point Dance Theatre, Tobin James of Stӧrling Dance Theatre, Garland Goodwin-Wilson from Of Moving Colors, and Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre. Kat graduated from Belhaven in May of 2008 with a B.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis on ballet. She began her professional career in 2007 when she performed in CATS the Musical at The Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio. From September 2007 to June 2008 she danced with TALK Dance Co. in Jackson Mississippi, performing original modern dance works by Stephen Wynne. Kat then joined Neos’ Dance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio where she performed original works, including soloist roles, by Robert Wesner. During her time with Neos’ Kat had the opportunity to perform Woman in the Window by Marden Ramos, Venezuelan Dances by Juris Safonovs, and multiple roles in Eight by Benny Goodman by Heinz Poll. One of her favorite performances was the premier of Robert Wesner’s Count…The Legend of Dracula.  Kat also learned and rehearsed Lickety Split by Alejandro Cerrudo, and Mein Weng by Joseph Morrissey. Additionally Kat performed multiple times in Neos’ Dances with the Stars, with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and in local productions of Hairspray, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Throughout her training and career she has taught ballet to numerous ages and levels.  Kat is excited to teach at Richland Academy and looks forward to instilling and cultivating the love of dance in the next generation.

 

 

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