Katie Marshall, Owner & Director
“My goal is to further my student’s understanding of the creative process, keeping their bodies injury free and strong during training. I want them to be able to dance and skate for the rest of their lives!”
Motivated by the pandemic’s trajectory, Katie has spent the last two years studying at CNM to earn her Associate of Liberal Arts degree. As a dedicated student, she earned her spot in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and was accepted to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Arts. In a bittersweet moment, Katie is thrilled to be taking a leave of absence from her role as full-time dance teacher and skating choreographer to finish her undergraduate degree at Yale through the Eli Whitney Students Program.
Katie started KJAM Studios in 2014. Its focus was to provide specialized private instruction for dance and performance, as well as provide editing services for music and audition videos. It has since expanded to include group dance classes for adults from the introductory levels through advanced technique. Katie is trained in the Russian Ballet Syllabus (Vaganova Ballet Technique), Finis Jhung Ballet Technique, and is an 8-time gold medalist with the U.S. Adult Figure Skating National Championships.
Katie's technical background includes: Classical Ballet and Pointe, Musical Theatre, Rhythm Tap, Fosse Style Jazz, Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, and competitive dance and figure skating.
Joe Nava, Office Manager, Classical Ballet & Fitness
Joe Nava’s ballet training began with Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory (MPAC), Dance Theatre of the Southwest, and 3 years with Ballet Chicago where he studied with Daniel Duell, Sheila Rozann and Ted Seymour. Nava is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque who’s performance credits include: The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment (The Nutcracker, Fandangos, Humming Bird, Spanish, Chinese, Snow), Peter and the Wolf (The Hunter), Billy the Kid, Coppélia (corps), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), and Dracula, A Love Story (Dr. Van Helsing). He has studied Classical Ballet as was founded by Agrippina Vaganova, The Balanchine Method, Horton and Graham Modern Technique, Bulgarian Folk Dance, Flamenco, and Classic Jazz.
Nava has received scholarships to Ballet Chicago, Arizona Ballet, State Street Ballet, and The Kirov Academy of Ballet. He was accepted to Ballet Chicago’s Year Round program and Studio Company and State Street Ballet’s Year Round and Apprentice Programs. In summer 2017, Nava attended the Summer Historical Dance Weekend & Workshops, “Exploring Nijinsky’s notes revealing his choreographic ideas for a sarabande to music of Bach” which focused on resetting two of Nijinsky’s works Rite of Spring and Jeux; hosted by the New York Baroque Dance Co. with Artistic Director Catherine Turocy, internationally acclaimed expert of Baroque and Pre-Classical Ballets.
Early in his career, Joe was acknowledged for his choreographic talents for his original work Waltz of the Mimes winning the regional and national choreography award at Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance.
Marta Lichlyter, Adult Modern
As a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Ms. Lichlyter has taught modern and jazz dance at Colorado State University, Western Michigan University, Texas Christian University, University of New Mexico, and Stavanger University in Norway. She has performed professionally with the Pulse Dance Experience, a modern/jazz dance company in Colorado, with Tim Wengerd and Company, a Graham based company, and was a founding member of the aLANDdance Performance Company, a multi-disciplinary company incorporating poetry, dance, music and film. She has studied with Bill Evans, Laban-based technique, Tim Wengard, Graham, and Joann Emmons, Limon and Somatic Studies. Her choreographic works have been presented throughout the United States, Norway, and the Netherlands. She teaches modern dance at Hayden Ballet and KJAM in Albuquerque. Marta Lichlyter holds a Ph.D. in Dance and Related Arts as well as a Masters in Choreography and Dance Education.