Kate commenced her training at the age of 2 and danced throughout her entire childhood under the training of Maria Shanks. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre. Kate completed all examinations in classical ballet with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and in all genres with Comdance including Jazz, Tap, Theatrical and Ballet. Following this she trained full time at Brent Street Studios (Sydney) and completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts.
After graduating from high school Kate was accepted into BA Medicine at University of NSW however deferred, and accepted the position at Brent Street Studios. Kate recommenced her BA Medicine however transferred her focus into a Bachelor of Psychology after 2 years, completing and attaining the BA in Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology.
Kate has had a professional career and gone on to share her love of the performing arts and acrobatics/aerial through teaching students, professionals, certifying teachers, examining and adjudicating, at a range of locations both locally and globally. Kate has always had a passion and love for teaching and commenced teaching in her early teens. Whilst completing her Bachelor of Psychology Kate also attained dance teaching qualifications including Comdance Modern Jazz Teachers Diploma, Comdance Tap Teachers Diploma, Comdance Classical Ballet Teachers Diploma and Comdance Theatrical Teachers Diploma. Kate also attained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching with the Royal Academy of Dance and is currently a registered teacher for the RAD.
Kate now runs and manages her own Performing Arts and Acro and Aerial studio in QLD, Beats Per Minute Performing Arts, and Beats Per Minute Acro and Aerial. With over 22 years teaching experience Kate has trained students from the age of 2 years to Professional in all areas of dance, acrobatics, aerial and singing with many of her former students dancing and teaching professionally around the world in musicals, movies and cruise ships.
Kate is Module 1, 2 and 3 certified with Acrobatic Arts, AcroDance Certified Competition Adjudicator, Acrobatic Arts Certified Examiner, AcroDance Pre-School Certified. Kate is currently a Course Conductor and Examiner for Acrobatic Arts, and manages the Australia, New Zealand, and Asian divisions of Acrobatic Arts Examinations faculty. Kate is also a Course Conductor for Aerial Arts. Kate also hold qualifications in Progressing Ballet Technique (Level1), Aerial Arts Hammock and Hoop certified teacher, and a Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet licensee.
Kate is Alixa Flexibility Certified Module 1, 2 and 3 and was honoured to join the team as a Course Conductor with Alixa in 2020. Kate has a passion for the biomechanics of dance/acro and endorsing safe and progressive dance/acro training. Kate is thrilled to be sharing the Alixa Flexibility program with students and teachers around the world.