Katie has a unique performance background in competitive dance, musical theatre, and competitive figure skating. As a teacher, she specializes in the Classical Ballet Syllabus as was founded by Agrippina Vaganova, studying pedagogy under the late Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio and continuing her studies with Lyla Medeiros. She teaches Classical Ballet, Pointe, and Variations, Jazz, Tap and gives intensive coaching for performance and competition with an emphasis on stage presence. Her goal is to further her student’s understanding of the creative process and keep their bodies injury free and strong during training.
Katie has received scholarships to the New York Film Academy, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and accepted to the elite year round-program with Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of New York. In 2011 she was selected to participate in the first Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, won Top Soloist for Showstoppers Dance, and was the highest scoring dancer at Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition in Albuquerque, NM. Locally, she has performed with Opera Southwest, NMSO, Albuquerque Little Theater, Lende Youth Theater, and MPAC.
In 2009 she was selected to be part of the National Companies for Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition the "Fashion Show Dance Company" and Dance Spectacular Dance Company. In 2010, Katie began choreographing for the company. From 2013-2017, Katie was the Director of the Fashion Show Dance Company. From 2014-2017, she worked for the competition company as an Adjudicator, Emcee, Assistant Competition Director, and Logistics Coordinator.
Katie is a member of the USFSA, AFSC, PSA, and National Dance Education Organization. She is training in the adult division of US Figure Skating with Kevin Franchini, Director of the Outpost Ice Arena. Katie is a 3-time gold medalist for the Freeskate Event at the Adult Figure Skating National Championships years 2016 Adult Bronze Level, 2017 and 2018 Adult Silver Level. Katie is the former Artistic Director of Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory, 2013-2018. The Marshall family owned and operated a full-service competitive dance studio from 2008-2018. Now, Katie is focusing on training adult dancers and figure skaters. More of her dance background includes Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Castanets which she studied under Lily del Castillo, Rhythm Tap, Latin Jazz, Lester Horton, and Martha Graham Modern Technique, Body Awareness and Injury Prevention mat work techniques with Celia Dale and Michelle Vaughn, and Theatre Arts and Acting with Elizabeth Lende.
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.
Kevin Gallacher, Adult Tap & Adult Jazz
Kevin’s classical training began with Park Avenue Dance Works in Colorado, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Moving People Dance Santa Fe where he studied with artists Ronn Stewart, Jock Soto, Michael Vernon, Sam Watson, and Dudley Davis. His theatrical repertoire includes five seasons with The Santa Fe Opera performing principal dance roles in La Traviata, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, and Lucio Silla wrapping his 2016 season as the Assistant Choreographer for Roméo et Juliette and Don Giovanni. His original choreographic works Quantum and Quantum Luminous have received both national and international recognition and honors. Other performance credits include: The Richard Tucker Gala with Susan Graham at Lincoln Center, The Carnival of Wonders in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and Raymonda set by the staff of VKDCNY. As a company member of FBA he has performed in The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment (Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King, Dewdrop Cavalier, Lead Fandango, Señor Pacheco), Dracula, A Love Story (Count Dracula), and participated in Regional Dance America 2015 and 2016. Kevin’s other accolades include scholarships to the New York Film Academy and The University of Arizona’s BFA Program. Kevin is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors training in stage combat and stunts for film and television. With seventeen years of teaching experience, Kevin is the former Technical Director at Marshall Performing Arts where he taught a full curriculum of dance education and is also a teacher on staff with Dance Theatre of the Southwest. He has taught dance and gymnastics in many recreational studios as well as pre-professional and professional companies throughout the state of New Mexico including Moving People Dance Santa Fe, Sandra’s School of Dance, Alwin School of the Dance, and New Mexico Ballet Company. Kevin is also the annual Guest Master Teacher, Choreographer, and Performance Coach for Weehawken Dance summer and winter intensives in Colorado. From 2005-2009 Kevin worked with Roger Montoya founder of the program Art’s in the Schools which focused on bringing dance, music, gymnastics and the performing arts to Espanola, New Mexico public school students ranging from Pre-K through grade 12.
Olivia Gassaway, Modern
Olivia grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been dancing for over 20 years. She attended New Mexico State University where she received a minor in Dance and was a part of NMSU’s Contemporary Dance Theater from 2008-2011. Olivia’s senior work was chosen as the student choreography to represent NMSU at the American College Dance Festival Association in the spring of 2011. Olivia’s passion for dance expanded and took flight as she trained and performed as an apprentice in Dance Trapeze, Rope and Harness, and Aerial Fabric with Project in Motion Aerial Dance Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After becoming a full company member with Project in Motion she performed, choreographed and co-taught a Beginning Aerial Fabric Class. Currently, Olivia is pursuing, exploring, and learning more about dance every day!
Marta Lichlyter, Dance Fitness
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 and UNM. 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. Her choreographic works have been presented throughout the United States, Norway, and the Netherlands. She teaches modern dance at Keshet Dance Company and Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory. Marta Lichlyter holds a Ph.D. in Dance and Related Arts as well as a Masters in Choreography and Dance Education.