Kate Harpootlian is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and movement director. She started her training at the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Dale Lam. Having traveled the world with CCJC, Kate moved to New York City upon graduation. She studied under Jason Parsons, Heather Lang, Anneke Hansen, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. She currently dances for Shaping Sound Dance Company in Los Angeles directed by Emmy award winning choreographer Travis Wall. Her work credits include JLO at the AMA’s, Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water,” Dancing with the Stars, Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II, Boardwalk Empire, Ellen, SYTYCD Season 12, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective, works by Jason Parsons, works by Heather Lang.
In 2016 she was the runner up at the Capezio Ace Awards for choreography and was given the opportunity to premiere her work “Better Late Than Never” at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, and which later in 2018 premiered on the east coast as part of Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival. Also in 2018, she had the opportunity for a choreographic residency with the students of Lindenwood University where she was able to not only choreograph but work closely with the students in classes and lectures. She also premiered another new piece entitled “Play” at the Insitu Site Specific Dance Festival. She continues to teach, choreograph, and mentor young students across the country as well.