Kate Folsom

Yes, like the prison.

It's Not Here, Either by Sarah Beth Oppenheim. Photo by Zachary Z. Handler

It's Not Here, Either by Sarah Beth Oppenheim. Photo by Zachary Z. Handler

Kate Folsom resides in the Washington, DC area, and is Texas-born and Virginia-raised. She is a graduate from the School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Folsom currently works as a Dance Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts and was previously Director of Programs at Dance/USA. She began her work in Washington, DC in technical theater at Dance Place. 

In the last five years Folsom has performed with Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Stephanie Miracle, Emma Crane Jaster, Dance Exchange, and UpRooted Dance. 

Folsom has particularly loved the duet work she has done with various artists and enjoys being one on one in the studio with choreographers. In Fork, choreographed by Stephanie Miracle, it was said: 

"Folsom and Miracle exhibited simultaneously fearless and organic performances... I took notice of how Folsom and Miracle internalized the punctuation of the rhythms in their bodies as the piece unfolded." (DC Metro Theater Arts, R. Westerkamp, 2014)

She has been dancing regularly with Heart Stück Bernie (Oppenheim) since 2013 and has enjoyed dancing in small spaces, sharing secrets onstage, throwing hammers, and combing confetti out of her hair ever since. In their most recent duet it was said that Oppenheim and Folsom

"began with a burst of wonderfully kinetic energy and connection" and that their "energies feel interwoven throughout [Woodbind. It Courses], both in their precision, movement quality, and connection with one another." (DC Metro Theater Arts, R. Westerkamp, 2016)
Fork by Stephanie Miracle. Photo by Blink O'fanaye

Fork by Stephanie Miracle. Photo by Blink O'fanaye

Gaia performance with UpRooted Dance. Face paint by Jeramie Bellmay.

Gaia performance with UpRooted Dance. Face paint by Jeramie Bellmay.

While getting her bachelor of arts at JMU, she performed and choreographed for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and performed with the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. Folsom also traveled internationally, studying contemporary dance & performance in London, UK, and Butoh with Dairakudakan in Hakuba, Japan.

While at JMU, she performed works by faculty and guest artists such as Daniel Burkholder, Faye Driscoll, Laurie Eisenhower, Derrick Alfonso Evans, Adriane Fang, Carol Finley, Maurice Fraga, Keira Hart-Mendoza, Shannon Hummel, Jim Martin, Gesel Mason, Suzanne Miller-Corso, Shane O'Hara, Cynthia Thompson, and Kate Trammell.

She loves being a part of the dance community in the Washington Metropolitan area and furthering her breadth of knowledge in the national dance field.