Katherine Kramer has been a vital presence in the resurgence and evolution of classic jazz and tap dance since the 1970’s. Grateful for having had the opportunity to work with many of the finest of tap’s masters and contemporary innovators, she maintains a commitment to sharing this legacy.
She has received numerous grants and awards, including the 2018 Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation, an Artist Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council, a Fulbright Grant, and a Creation Fund Grant from the National Performance Network.
Her one-woman show, “Rhythms of the Heart,” toured from 1992 – 2000, including performances at Jacob’s Pillow and international festivals, and her innovative choreographies have been commissioned by numerous universities and dance companies.
She was one of 12 dancers chosen to work with the late tap legend Charles ‘Honi’ Coles in America’s first creative residency for tap at The Colorado Dance Festival in 1989 and was a featured soloist at the 2021 Wisconsin Dance Council (WDC) Conference 2021 WDC Conference – Sat., Nov. 6, 2021 – Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E Forest St, Oconomowoc 1996 Tap Extravaganza in New York. She worked annually as a Master Mentor for YoungArts Org. from 2006 – 2016.
Katherine has worked at numerous tap and jazz festivals from New York to Rio, as well as producing 10 of her own Rhythm Explosion Festivals in Bozeman, MT. In Havana, Cuba she has taught tap to Danza Contemporarea and Conjunto Folklorica de Cuba and in 2004 she was invited to Fortaleza, Brazil to work with Co. Vata, directed by Brazilian choreographer, Valeria Pinheiro.
Her incorporation of body percussion into some of her choreographies has been influenced by colleagues, Keith Terry and Nicholas Young, and blended with contemporary dance and tap. At the heart of Katherine Kramer’s work is a desire to bring people together, to encourage intimacy, and to promote the value of play as a tool in creating a more humane world. She is currently based near Madison, Wisconsin in the US.