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From an early age, Katherine studied classical ballet at Marin Ballet school with supplemental training from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theater. She attended Stanford University where she worked closely with an array of faculty members and guest artists including Todd Eckert, Kristine Elliott, Diane Frank, Rennie Harris, Muriel Maffre, Robert Moses, Janice Ross, Garen Scribner, and Quinn Wharton. In addition to receiving a B.A. in Human Biology and Dance from Stanford, she was awarded the 2012 Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts.
After college, Katherine performed with an assortment of Bay Area companies including Katharine Hawthorne, RAWdance, Tanya Bello's Project. B., Kinetech Arts, the Ali McKeon Dance Project, and Inside Out Contemporary Ballet. She was also a member of Robert Moses’ Kin for four years, with which she toured internationally and was part of a cast that won the 2016 Izzy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance-Company.”
Katherine was a Company Artist at Portland's NW Dance Project from 2017-2020 where she performed works by Danielle Agami, Patrick Delcroix, James Canfield, Ihsan Rustem, Sarah Slipper, Cayetano Soto, and Wen Wei Wang. While in Portland, she collaborated with Chamber Music Northwest for their 2018 revival of The Silver River. For this production, she worked with composer/conductor Bright Sheng and director Robert Longbottom to choreograph and perform the role of the Goddess-Weaver.
Photos by Jason Hill.
Excerpts from "Yidam" (TEDx Portland)
Performance Reel (2019)
Excerpts from If I Were You
Excerpt from SILT
"[Katherine Disenhof] has the enviable ability to look vulnerable and fierce at the same moment."
- Rita Felciano,
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