Katherine Smith - 

Executive/Artistic Director

Katherine is a former professional dancer who has worked with renowned choreographers, James Truitte, Talley Beatty, Ulysseus Dove, Donald McKayle, Kevin “Iega” Jeff and Faye Snow.  Her concert experiences include Dayton Contemporary, Rod Rodgers, Forces of Nature, New World, D.C. Contemporary and Juba Dance Companies. Katherine has toured Africa in “Spirit”; Beijing, China in the first Pacific Cultural Exchange; Vienna, Austria for the 6th Annual Summer Dance Festival and Seoul, Korea sponsored by American Dance Festival. Her theater credits include Debbie Allen’s “Soul Possessed” at the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Alliance Theater in Atlanta; George Faison’s “For Colored Girls” at the American Place Theater in New York (Off Broadway) and Baltimore’s Center Stage; Mike Malone’s “Black Nativity” in which she received the O’Keefer Award for Best Female Dancer in a Musical Production; “Bessie’s Blues” at the Studio Theater (Helen Hayes Award); “Purlie” at the Fox Theater in Atlanta; and the national tour of “The Wiz.“  Katherine, an Equity Union Member in the Arts, received an Honor’s Award in recognition of her achievements as a performer and instructor from the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) and now currently serves on the board of IABD. She has served as Program Manager & Artistic Director for BodyMoves Contemporary Dance Company. Katherine has also served as master class instructor & guest choreographer for IABD, Philadanco Summer Dance and D3, Your Soul’s Movement Performing Arts (Denver), Hill Dance Academy Theater (Pittsburgh),  Zion’s Daughters, Black Movement Dance Theater at Georgetown University and Straight to the Pointe Dance Company and is currently on the dance faculties of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts,

Howard University, and Jones Haywood School of Dance.


Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble (KSCDE)


KSCDE is committed to representing a high-level standard of excellence and artistry, traditionally preparing ALL dancers of today in the dedication and discipline to become future professional dance artists.


Our artists possess a prevalent and unwavering passion for the professional world of dance.  Under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director, Katherine Smith, dancers continue to develop their technical and performance skills with opportunities to perform throughout the greater Washington, DC Metropolitan area, participating in special community and seasonal events, as well as KSCDE’s own sponsored annual programs.  Ensemble members will also have the opportunity to experience a few master classes, workshops, seminars and choreographers from various professional artists to further cultivate their artistic gift. Ensemble members present various styles of works created by the artistic director as well as local and national choreographers.


KSCDE is a multi-generational pre-performance dance ensemble with three objectives: (1) Fostering the pre-professional training of advanced level youth dancers; (2 challenging and furthering the development of technical and performance skills for dancers ranging from ages 10-18 with sincere aspiration and potential to develop into young advanced level dancers and (3) Providing a platform to adult performing artists who desire to enhance, maintain and sustain their craft and/or re-embark on their dance aspirations.