Katherine Kramer has been a vital presence in the resurgence and evolution of classic jazz and tap dance since the 1970s. Grateful for having had the opportunity to work and study with many of the finest of tap’s masters and contemporary innovators, she has maintained a commitment to sharing this legacy. At the heart of Katherine’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. To this end, collaboration has been central to her creative process, and over the years she has worked with outstanding musicians including Ray Anderson, Virginia Mayhew, Francesca Tanksley, Kristin Korb, Michael Spiro, Jovino Santos-Neto and Kenneth Metzker; with marionette artist Pablo Cano; with choreographers including Joanne Barrett, Ara Fitzgerald, Lois Welk and Bill T. Jones. She served as movement coach and choreographer for Robert Redford in his film, “The Horse Whisperer.” Among her most important mentors are Daniel Nagrin, Richard Bull and Brenda Bufalino.
She has been honored to receive a 2018 Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation, an Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council as well as a Fulbright Award, which took her to Prague, CR. She received a Creation Fund Grant from the National Performance Network, a Kentucky Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship and numerous Artist Advancement and Artist Access Grants from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.