Katie Burks is an American dancer, choreographer, educator, and adventurer
who has been privileged to perform, teach, and present choreographic work across the USA and internationally. Passionate about all types of movement, Katie is inspired by outdoor adventure, global exploration, and travel.
A proud native of Dallas, Texas, Katie is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University, from where she graduated cum laude, and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Katie has enjoyed a diverse and international performance, choreographic, and teaching career. She served as a founding member of contemporary dance company Fault Line Dance (PDX) as well as a dancer and teaching artist for Attack Theatre (PGH) which blends modern dance, original live music, and interdisciplinary art forms. A founding member of Portland, Oregon's Leoné Dance Theatre, Katie served as the Jazz dance company's Rehearsal Director throughout their 2017-2018 season.
Katie has been fortunate to perform alongside various organizations as different as Shen Wei Dance Arts (NYC) and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (DFW). She has been truly blessed to work with and perform the works of many life-changing dance icons including Mr. Robert Battle, Peter Chu, Larry Keigwin, Jessica Lang, and the ineffable Twyla Tharp.
As an educator, Katie has had the privilege of teaching dance to educational outreach programs, dance studios, schools, and universities across North America and in England as well as guest teaching in Europe and in China. She holds TEFL/TESOL certificates to teach the English language as well as is presently learning to speak and teach dance in Spanish.
From presenting work in local artist showcases in Portland, Oregon to sharing the stage with talented artists and choreographers in Athens, Greece, Katie is grateful to have presented her choreography across the USA and in China, England, Europe, and Mexico thus far. Her first full production, Ways of Seeing (2019) raised approximately $3000 in benefit of Portland, Oregon based non-profit The Aspire Project. In November of 2020, Katie presented her first global dance theatre production, TOTAL FEAR as the capstone project of her MFA graduate research.
Katie presently teaches dance to ages 4 - 18, serves as a Company Director and faculty member for XD2 competitive dance studio in North Texas, and is in the research and development phase of what will be her first evening-length work, which holds the working title Sirens.