Founder & Artistic Director
Katherine Gant has been teaching and inspiring students through dance for over 20 years. She received her formal dance training in Memphis, TN under the direction of Pat Gillispie at Classical Ballet Memphis where she was trained and examined in the Royal Academy of Dance training method. While in Memphis, she performed works by Paul Vasterling of Nashville Ballet, and worked with master teachers Robert Barnett, Michael Tevlin, Simon Dow, Alyce Andrews and Sandra Baldwin. Katherine received a scholarship to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference in Austin, TX and a merit scholarship at Southeast Regional Ballet Association. She was a guest artist at Yuma Ballet Theater under the direction of Thom Clower.
In 2002, Katherine joined Ad Deum Dance Company as an Apprentice and was promoted to Company Member later that year. While with Ad Deum, she performed works by Steve Rooks (formerly principal dancer with Martha Graham Company) Laura Morton of Belhaven College, Ken Tolle of Hosanna Sacred Arts and performed at Project Dance in New York City. She then went on to dance with Ballet Magnificat! under the direction of Kathy Thibodeaux.
After moving to Atlanta in 2005, Katherine has continued to teach and dance throughout the Atlanta area. She was on staff at Atlanta Ballet for 10 years and has been a frequent guest teacher at many Christian dance studios around Atlanta. In 2006, she co-founded Refuge Dance Company, a professional Contemporary company, with her husband David. Since its formation, she has choreographed multiple works, produced many shows and Refuge has been featured in projects ranging from WellSpring Living Benefit Concert to Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. Katherine also served as the Event Coordinator for Project Dance Atlanta from 2007-2011 and was a choreographer and dancer with Dance Canvas.
Katherine and her husband David have five amazing children Elizabeth, Caleb, Madeleine, Joshua, and Samuel, and one handsome grandson named Moses. When Katherine is not teaching or dancing, she is thinking about ways to improve and learn how to better inspire and equip this next generation of dancers, or she’s doing laundry!