Kathleen Doherty is a dancer, choreographer, improviser and teacher based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. After completing her Bachelor’s of Commerce degree at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Kathleen moved to Calgary to attend Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program. Upon returning to Halifax in 2012, Kathleen co-founded Votive Dance, and has worked as Artistic Director since the company’s inception. She also works as Administrative Director with Kinetic Studio.
Recently, Kathleen has enjoyed creative and performance opportunities with Votive Dance, Mocean Dance, Kinetic Studio, FODAR, Connection Dance Works, Alberta Dance Festival, Kara Friesen, Verge, Caravan Theatre, Liliona Quarmyne, Mayworks Festival, Michele Slattery, and the Me, Myself and Her Residency Project. Kathleen is the lead Jazz instructor at The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, and also finds way to share her passion for Jazz dance with the professional dance community through regular Jazz classes and workshops. In June 2017, Kathleen completed a movement research residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, from which she created a full length work inspired by her time and experiences there, which was presented in Halifax in March 2018 by Votive Dance and the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Kathleen is proud to be a working artist mom to her 2 year old son, Cillian.