Seeking artistic freedom through modern dance, Kate applied to and was accepted by the world renown Marsha Graham Contemporary Dance School in New York as the first mainland China international student. While studying Graham technique, she also studied choreography and composition with Pearl Lang and Horton technique in Alvin Ailey school at the same time period. As a dancer, Kate later toured with Allnations Dance Company, a New York based company dedicated to international folk dance. Inspired by the works of Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, Kate begin to take various classes in Broadway Dance Center and take acting and vocal classes in HB studio. She received special achievement certificate from BDC in 2003.
Attracted by the art of flamenco, she began formal flamenco training with Omayra in 2004. In 2005, while she taught in the Musical Drama Department of the Shanghai Music Conservatory, she founded and taught in the first Flamenco dance school in China. Since then many of her former students have opened their own Flamenco dance studios in various cities throughout China. In 2010, Kate studied in Amor de Dios in Madrid and received the advance teacher’s certificate. Over the years, she continues to study with various Flamenco masters including Manuel Liñan, Ursúla Lopez, Marco Flores, Javier Latorre, David Paniagua, Maria Juncal, etc. As a serious dance educator, Kate understands the importance of building upon solid foundation. For this reason, she begin studying the Zena Camille Floor-Barre technique, and has held a teaching certificate continually for the past 9 years. In 2019, Kate helped found a musical theater training and production center in Chonqing, China. She continues to function as an artistic advisor. Kate is delighted by her recent appointment to the faculty of the Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance.