Kathy Dunn Hamrick

Kathy Dunn HamrickKathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company is one of Austin’s longest-standing modern dance companies, having delivered stellar art experiences since 1999. With dances described as “strikingly athletic and wonderfully expressive,” “heavenly,” “smart” and “masterly,” Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has accumulated numerous awards from the Austin Critics Table, including Outstanding Dance Concert, Outstanding Choreographer, Outstanding Dancer, Outstanding Duet, and Outstanding Lighting Design (Stephen Pruitt) as well as additional nominations for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Original Score (Jacob Hamrick).
Off the stage, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has served over 12,000 students through arts outreach initiatives. One such program is “Move It!,” which provides diverse dance experiences to at-risk youth.The company also presents dance assembliesKathy Dunn Hamrick and master classes for schools and conducts artist residencies for universities. In addition, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company produces Austin Dance Festival, an annual event that presents modern dance companies from across the world. The festival includes professional showcases, master classes, artist interviews, community-wide dances, Dance on Film screenings, and a Youth Edition concert for pre-professional dancers. Visit www.austindancefestival.com.
Kathy Dunn Hamrick
(Artistic Director)
Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Artistic Director, has accumulated numerous awards and recognitions for her choreography, including “Best Choreographer” and two “Best Dance Concert” awards by the Austin Critics Table. She has received invitations to perform at dance festivals, teach at professional conferences, and direct artist residencies for high schools and universities. Kathy has earned critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, and Toronto’s Globe and Mail, among others. Under her artistic leadership, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has received several Austin Critics Table nominations for Best Dancer, Best Choreographer, Best Ensemble, Best Kathy Dunn HamrickOriginal Score and Best Dance Concert.
Kathy grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she studied classical ballet with Maryse Gobel. Upon graduating from high school, she studied with Gallia Kouskoff in Toulouse, France. She then attended the University of Texas and received a BA in Modern Dance, moved to New York to study with Ruth Currier and other notable dance masters, and earned an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. In addition to directing and choreographing for the dance company, Kathy teaches dance to numerous populations.
She has been a guest speaker/artist for Texas A&M University, Texas State University, the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreational Dance, the Texas Dance Educators Association, Round Rock ISD and the American College DanceKathy Dunn Hamrick Festival, among others. She has taught creative movement to scores of at-risk elementary grade students and worked with foster girls through New Art Kinnections, the company’s arts outreach program. She has taught at Florida State University, Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Texas and currently teaches dance at Austin Community College and Café Dance, a professional modern dance studio.

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