Kaitlin Webster is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she received the Merce Cunningham and the Kreielsheimer Foundation scholarships. There she had the honor of working with Robert Battle on his iconic piece Rush Hour and performed Merce Cunningham’s 4:33, and several of his Min-Events set by Patricia Lent.
Kaitlin has been a company member of Chicago Dance Crash, a hip hop contemporary fusion company, for the last five years. With Crash, Kaitlin has toured nationally and performed throughout Chicago including at The Auditorium Theater. She was Rehearsal Director for the 2015-2016 season and choreographs regularly for the company. Kaitlin danced in Erin Kilmurray’s dance film Dive Baby Dive and acted, choreographed, and performed in Open TV’s web series Full Out.
Kaitlin has extensive experience as an educator in various settings, including teaching professionals at Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, all the way to young beginners in public schools through Urban Gateways and May I Have This Dance. She is currently on faculty at Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts and teaches Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Fusion, and Choreography.
Kaitlin’s teaching philosophy is to give students creative freedom while maintaining respect for the history of dance, themselves, and each other. She believes dance is not only about physical abilities, but includes the student’s expression of their ideas and emotions. Dance teaches us how to use our bodies while engaging intellect and building confidence and expressiveness.