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Kate Speer is a dancer, choreographer, and organizer based in Denver, CO. Balancing life as an artist and arts administrator, she crafts performance work while tending to the wellbeing and heart beat of dance makers and nonprofit organizations. With almost a decade of arts administration, Kate started in the Philadelphia dance community as General Manager for Leah Stein Dance Company and Financial Coordinator for Mascher Space Cooperative, and has served as an intern for Headlong Dance Theater, the nEW Festival, Group Motion, and Here[begin] Dance. Currently, she does freelance consulting and grant writing for such high profile clients as the Art Students League of Denver, Bates Dance Festival, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Michelle Ellsworth, and Onye Ozuzu. Within the past four years, she has raised over $850,000, which includes such competitive sources as the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Map Fund, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and NEA Art Works.

Often self-producing in DIY spaces, her own choreography has been supported by Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Grant, the Puffin Foundation and the Community Education Center's New Edge Artist Mix Series (PA), and has been presented in Performatica (Cholula, Mexico), Boulder International Fringe Festival (CO), Philly Fringe (PA), ETC Performance Series (PA), and FAB Dance Showcase (ME). Speer is also one fourth of XX, a Boulder-based collaboration with Ondine Geary, Lauren Beale, and Brooke McNamara. Always seeking collaborative performance projects, she has had the pleasure to perform in work by Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Nathan Blackwell, Raja Feather Kelly, Tania Isaac, Patrick Mueller, and Willi Dorner. Her movement technique is an eclectic mix of athletic, momentum-based movement studied under Gesel Mason, David Dorfman, and Kathleen Hermesdorf, and most recently, Piso Móvil and Continuum techniques studied under Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista. Currently a Resident Artist at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Speer has had residencies at PlatteForum (CO), Middlebury College (VT), Swarthmore College (PA), and Mascher Space Cooperative (PA), all of which emphasize community engagement that is inherent in her dancemaking. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA in Dance and Biology from Swarthmore College. katespeerdance.org

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