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SHIMMY SISTER KATE

 

Kate began studying Middle Eastern dance as a sophomore in high school. Her background in vocal performance, combined with her new hobby, led to a fascination with Arabic music. Her desire to translate the lyrics of her dance music led to Arabic language classes. Arabic classes led to her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Arizona, which allowed her to study Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian and Levantine dialects, as well as Arabic grammar and literature.

Kate considers herself a “thinky” dancer, who loves study and discussion of dance concepts and techniques: staging, musicality, characterization, and improvisation. She is sought after as an instructor because of her musical expertise, theatrical presentation, and thorough, humorous breakdown of class material.

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