Kitty Mcnamee

Kitty Mcnamee

Artistic director of Hysterica Dance Co.


Freelancer

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I started dancing late.
I auditioned for performing arts school after only 1 year of dance training...I got in.
I went to college for dance, great for the mind, not great for dance career.
I went to NYC...lacked confidence to hit dance scene full on...waited tables and got lost for a bit.
Moved to LA...got lost some more...worked @ theater company where I choreographed plays.
Ah ha moment: "choreography comes so naturally to me."
Started "Hysterica dance co." Worked for years making original work and honing skills.
10 years later, timing, talent and preparation come together to create a career making choreography.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Dance, General
The University of Texas at Austin

Career

Artistic director of Hysterica Dance Co.

I am a professional choreographer.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Each gig, so each day, is different. But common threads are: Prepare for rehearsal, be prepared practically so you have the tools you need at hand (music/images/ipad). Work in studio or on set with director, dancers and designer. End the day by evaluating what you did and beginning prep for next one.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

See as much choreography as you can. Make as much choreography as you can.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Create work! Hone your skills by doing choreography whenever and wherever you can.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should have a back up...don't put all of your eggs in one basket."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Only artist in family