Katherine Horrigan

Katherine is the Founder/Director of the Dance Academy of Virginia, located in McLean, Virginia in the Washington DC metro area. During her 8-year tenure as the assistant director and director of Adagio Ballet, she advanced the artistic quality and educational programming while improving internal and external operations. For the past 7 years, Katherine has co-directed the professional dance company Company Danzante, and her choreography has been presented numerous times at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival NYC, as well as other notable festivals and venues in Mexico, Venezuela, New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC. Since 2011, Katherine has been affiliated with George Mason University’s dance department as an adjunct professor of dance, director of the summer intensive SummerDance at Mason, guest lecturer and adjudicator. Katherine performed with numerous national and international dance companies including Ailey II, Eliza Monte Dance, Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Jessica Lang Dance, Nathan Trice/Rituals, The Francesca Harper Project, and seasons with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. She has worked with acclaimed artists such as Alonzo King, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Dwight Rhoden, and Rodrigo Pederneiras of Grupo Corpo, Brazil. Katherine holds her masters in Arts Management from George Mason University and a BFA in Dance from Fordham University/The Ailey School, and she was the 2015 recipient of the Strauss Artist Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.