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Katie Rudd

Katie grew up in New Plymouth with her dance training beginning at the Lynn Gilbert-Smith Dance Studio, where she also taught ballet as a student teacher. In 2009 and 2010 she was the winner of the National Young Performer of the Year Award becoming the first dancer to win this award in both disciplines. Katie was also a Junior Associate of the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) commenced her formal training at NZSD in 2011, graduating as a contemporary major in 2013.

During her studies she worked with a number of guest tutors and choreographers and enjoyed performing in World of Wearable Art, The Body Festival and Tempo Dance Festival. As part of NZSD’s Choreographic Season Katie choreographed her first short work titled Mark, which included a musical collaboration with vocal looper Flo Wilson. Katie also performed in New Caledonia at Festival du Mont Dore in a new creation by Thierry Bain in collaboration with Compagnie MAADO.

Katie made her professional debut with The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) in 2014 in Rotunda at the Holland Dance Festival followed by a national tour of Language of Living. 2015 began with an Australasian tour of Rotunda and the creation of a new choreography for the Tempo Dance Festival. She performed in the 2015 Lumina premiere season and in 2016 performed Lumina on a Germany/Holland tour as well as across New Zealand’s North Island.

2016 also saw Katie as a part of The Absurdity of Humanity and Trolleys premieres as well as her appointment to full-time dancer. In 2017 she performed with NZDC in the premiere of Kiss The Sky in Auckland and with The Absurdity of Humanity national tour. In 2018, Katie performed in the premiere of OrphEus–a dance opera by Michael Parmenter and toured nationally as well as internationally with the Company. 2019 saw Katie performing the premiere season of Matariki for Tamariki as well as national and international tours. 2020 is Katie’s seventh year with the NZDC.

(Photo by John McDermott; Kiss The Sky campaign image)