Teaching Since: 2006
Dancing Since: 1992
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” Martha Graham
“I see dance as a powerful medium through which our bodies can express a wildly colorful spectrum of thoughts, experiences, and emotions. My goal is to empower, enliven, and enrich my student’s lives by immersing them in an environment where they will be inspired to continually discover the boundless range of possibility that lives within dance.”
Katy Felsinger is originally from Carmel, CA. She began training and performing at an early age in a variety of dance forms at the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, where she also began teaching in 2006. She graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in both Dance Performance and Choreography and a Minor in Spanish in June 2012.
At UC Irvine, Katy had the honor of being a founding member of Professor Sheron Wray’s jazz dance ensemble, Insight, through which she performed extensively in various community performances including TedX Orange Coast 2011. Katy also had the privilege of creating choreographic work under the mentorship of Professor Loretta Livingston, and trained with Professors Israel “El” Gabriel, Molly Lynch, Jodie Gates, Diane Diefenderfer, and Tracey Bonner. She performed in multiple new dance works each year by faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students alike, as well as in the Claire Trevor School of the Art’s 2008 production of West Side Story directed by Professor Eli Simon. In June 2010, Katy traveled with Lisa Naugle, Chair of the Dance Department, to southern Spain to perform with the Dance, Theater, Music, and Media (DTM2) Improvisation Ensemble. Katy has also been deeply informed by her training with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under Summer Lee Rhatigan.
Katy believes tremendously in the value of being a part of a community of artists and creating dance that feels extremely important to both the artists involved and to the wider community. For this reason she is excited to be a founding member, choreographer, and performer in the new SF/Bay Area-based dance theater company, Nine Shards.
Katy’s favorite dance moment, at this point in time, was when she watched her 12 dancers perform her 2012 BFA thesis concert: The future arrived yesterday…hug your people.