Kathryn Contessa began her training with the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet in West Virginia. Upon graduating high school she attended the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music & Dance.
She began her professional career dancing with the Cincinnati Ballet in large scale classical productions such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Romeo & Juliet. She then danced with the Richmond Ballet performing in several productions including George Balanchine’s, Serenade.
She began her contemporary dance career with the Charleston Ballet Theatre of South Carolina under the direction of Patricia Cantwell and resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr. Kathryn was featured in many of Bahr’s ballets such as Dracula and Seven Deadly Sins as well as performing a variety of works in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She was also featured in guest choreographer Daniel Pelzig’s Nine Lives.
Director, Shoreline Ballet