Katherine Orloff currently directs the Dance department for the Contra Costa School of Performing Arts. She received her formative training at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre, under the direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong, and went on to study at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania; North Carolina School for the Arts, Winston-Salem; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York; and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she was a double major in Dance and English. While attending UCI, she had the great honor of studying with Donald McKayle, performing the original lead role in ASH, McKayle’s response to the events of Sept. 11. Upon graduating from UCI, Katherine joined Company C Contemporary Ballet where she performed works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Charles Anderson, James Sewell, Patrick Corbin and Antony Tudor. Having always found that her artistic and academic interests drive and complement one another, Katherine is a strong advocate for interdisciplinary education and strives to remain engaged in the subjects that deeply move her. She was a presenter at the 2015 Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, has been published in the academic journal Western Tributaries, and recently began her somatic movement educator certification through the School for Body-Mind Centering. She holds a BA in English from UC Irvine and an MA in Liberal Arts from Stanford University in California.