Kate Franklin

Kate Franklin was born in North Bay, Ontario. She received her early dance education at Barbara Treleaven School of Dancing, then undertook her professional training at Quinte Ballet School.

She spent the first decade of her career based in Toronto, as an independent contemporary dance artist. She danced with numerous companies and choreographers, most notably Company Vice Versa (Valerie Calam), Zata Omm Dance Projects (William Yong), Matjash Mrozewski, and Kate Alton, amongst others.

Her own choreography was performed by dance training programs such as Quinte Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, companies such as JD Dance and at festivals including At the Wrecking Ball and Dusk Dances. She continues to collaborate choreographically with her colleague and friend Meredith Thompson in their joint-venture "The Yes Collective".

Kate was a mobilizing force in the Toronto contemporary dance community. She worked with Series 8:08 for many years, and was the co-founder (with Tina Fushell) of Ambitious Enterprises, a company that produced five "At the Wrecking Ball" programs of interdisciplinary dance over ten years (from 2002-2012).

With Kate Holden, Franklin founded firstthingsfirst productions in 2005. Together, the Kates commissioned an impressive number of works from independent Canadian choreographers and produced three full-length evenings of dance.

Now living in Vancouver, Kate is teaching contemporary dance and yoga and working with choreographers Justine A. Chambers, Meredith Kalaman and company Tara Cheyenne Performance.

Kate is the recipient of the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Female Performance for the solo "Gotta Go Church" choreographed by Valerie Calam.

 


Kate Franklin instructs the following:
  • Contemporary Intro
  • This class will cover the basics of contemporary technique (different from contemporary jazz technique!).  We will work on the basics of floor work, sequencing through the spine, moving safely in and out of the floor, articulating the joints, inversions and upper body strength, and unorthodox methods of expression using the body and the imagination!  Class will consist of small improvisations, technique in centre and across the floor, and learning a short phrase of choreography in the last third of the hour.
    Pants recommended, knee pads suggested.

  • Contemporary 2
  • In this contemporary technique class we will use floor work and release- based techniques to explore the anatomical structure of the body and sequential movement. Working with gravity as an initiating force for dancing, we will play with pushing, pulling, falling and spirals in different patterns and combinations to travel across the space while moving in and out of the floor. The class will begin with variations of bodywork and movement improvisation then gradually build in intensity and complexity as we progress from moving close to the floor to more upright and upside down movement patterns.

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