Katie Scherman

Katie SchermanKatie Scherman is an artist, teacher, choreographer, and movement researcher based in Portland, Oregon. She began her training at Anaheim Ballet with additional studies at Ballet Pacifica, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet. At 15, she joined Houston Ballet II and performed in Houston Ballet productions by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, and Brian Enos. Scherman joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company in 2004, where she spent two seasons performing works by Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, and George Balanchine. In 2010, Ms. Scherman received a BFA in dance from Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet/Dominican University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Scherman performed with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Central California Ballet, Terpsicorps Dance Theatre, and guested with Duncan Cooper, formerly of Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Scherman is a founding member of Zhukov Dance Theatre, where she performed in the 2008 and 2009 summer seasons. She was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for Best Ensemble in 2008. In 2009, she was honored with a Princess Grace Award in Dance. Scherman was a member of Hubbard Street 2, where she performed across the US and abroad. While at Hubbard Street, she performed works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Edgar Zendejas, Dominic Walsh, Gabrielle Lamb, Ohad Naharin, Samar Haddad King, Robin-Mineko Williams, Terry Marling, and Taryn Kaschock Russell. For the 2015-2016 season, Scherman was a member of Bodyvox, where she originated the role of “Juliet”Katie Scherman in Romeo and Juliet. Scherman holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon, where she spent three years as a graduate teaching fellow. Her research is deeply rooted in the creative process, vulnerability, and collaboration.
Scherman’s thesis explored a model for the creative process to facilitate an honest, individualistic, empowering human experience for the dancers and choreographer in the Higher Ed dance studio. Scherman is the 2015 recipient of the UO Graduate Student Emerging Artist Award. She was selected to present work at both the 2014 and 2015 ACDA conferences. Her work “Assez”, in which she performed in, was selected for the Gala performance at at the American College Dance Festival in Colorado in March 2015. In March 2017, her work “me and I” choreographed on the LINES Ballet BFA program, was presented at ACDA W Conference in California, and was selected to open the Gala on the closing night. Scherman has held guest residencies at Pacific University, University of Utah, LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA program, Bodyvox JAG program, and Terpsichorean Dance Company.
Her choreography has been presented in Oregon, California, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Utah, and Chicago. Scherman has been featured as a choreographer and teacher for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Summer Program, Laguna Dance Theatre Summer Intensive, NW Dance Project Youth Program, Bodyvox JAG program, Eugene Ballet Academy, and Columbia Dance Program. Her work has been presented at the Shubhpuja(A)merging Dance Festival, DanceWire Refinery, and the American College Dance Festival (2014, 2015, and 2017). Scherman was awarded a 2016 Alembic Artist Residency through Performance Works NW. She premiered an evening length work “Complicated Women” at PWNW December 15-17, 2016. For the spring 2017 semester, Ms. Scherman held a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the School of Dance at the University of Utah, where she created an original work “it’s about time” on the Ballet Department. Scherman was a featured guest artist for Salt Dance Fest 2017, held in Salt Lake City, UT June 5-16, 2017.

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