Katherine Bittner grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She received her early training at Raleigh School of Ballet under the direction of Mary LeGere and Susan Galdy. During this time she was fortunate to be a member of the associated pre-professional dance theatre company Raleigh Dance Theatre as well as participate in Moscow Ballet and Carolina Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker.
In 2012 she began studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance pedagogy at The Hartt School. In the three years that she has been at Hartt, she has worked with choreographers Viktor Plotnikov, Takehiro Ueyama, and Doug Varone. Additional experience includes two pieces of classic Limon repertoire, excerpts from Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, renditions of Petrushka and Carmen, and two contemporary works by Katie Stevinson-Nollet. She recently trained at ArcDanz in Puebla, Mexico, where she worked with artists Doron Raz, Takehiro Ueyama, Mauricio Nava, and Karen de Luna Fors in technique. During her time at ArcDanz, Takehiro Ueyama created a new work and Doron Raz set a piece of repertoire, both of which Katherine was involved in and performed at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City. She has also recently become an official member of the new Hartford dance ensemble The Now Unboxing Project, participating in their premiere performance at Hartford’s Dirt Salon artists’ venue. In summer of 2014, Katherine taught dance as well as reading and comprehension skills at a CDF Freedom School summer school program in Rocky Mount, NC. This summer, she taught ballet and creative movement at the Ana Grace Academy summer school program in Avon, CT. She plans to finish her degree at Hartt in May of 2016, join a company or freelance as a contemporary dancer, and continue to teach multiple forms of dance.