Kathy Dunn Hamrick, Artistic Director, has accumulated numerous awards and recognitions for her choreography, including “Best Choreographer” and two “Best Dance Concert” awards by the Austin Critics Table. She has received invitations to perform at dance festivals, teach at professional conferences, and direct artist residencies for high schools and universities. Kathy has earned critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, and Toronto’s Globe and Mail, among others. Under her artistic leadership, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company has received several Austin Critics Table nominations for Best Dancer, Best Choreographer, Best Ensemble, Best Original Score and Best Dance Concert.
Kathy grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas, where she studied classical ballet with Maryse Gobel. Upon graduating from high school, she studied with Gallia Kouskoff in Toulouse, France. She then attended the University of Texas and received a BA in Modern Dance, moved to New York to study with Ruth Currier and other notable dance masters, and earned an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University.
In addition to directing and choreographing for the dance company, Kathy teaches dance to numerous populations. She has been a guest speaker/artist for Texas A&M University, Texas State University, the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreational Dance, the Texas Dance Educators Association, Round Rock ISD and the American College Dance Festival, among others. She has taught creative movement to scores of at-risk elementary grade students and worked with foster girls through New Art Kinnections, the company’s arts outreach program. She has taught at Florida State University, Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Texas and currently teaches dance at Austin Community College and Café Dance, a professional modern dance studio.
Roxanne Gage, Rehearsal Director, is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She performed nationally and internationally with the Sharir Dance Company and was also the Jazz Dance instructor for the Company School. She performed in works by Yacov Sharir, Jose Luis Bustamante, Heywood “Woody” McGriff, Sondra Lomax, Doug Varone, Ohad Naharin, Senta Driver, Llory Wilson and Carolyn Pavlik. She performed and choreographed with the Andrea Beckham Collaborative Dance Company. She is a Jazz, Ballet and Modern Dance Instructor, a choreographer and a Nationals Judge for Marching Auxiliaries Dance Company where she just celebrated 25 years. Oh…did you want her to name more names? While a Kilgore College Rangerette Lt. she shared performances with Bob Hope, Ann Jillian, Rock Hudson, Donny Osmond and even did High Kicks as an Honor Guard for Prince Charles of Wales. She worked with Sandra Bullock as an assistant choreographer for the pageant section in the movie “Miss Congeniality”. She is currently a dance instructor for the ACC Dance Department and enjoys representing the dance department while teaching at the American College Dance Festival. She is passionate about living life to its fullest with the support of her amazing friends and loving family. She is married to Cameron Gage who is a wonderful supportive husband and together they have 2 FABULOUS children, Jack and Isabella.
Barbara Jo Stetzelberger, LCSW, DTR, Artistic Outreach Director, is a psychotherapist in private practice and is a registered dance/movement therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. She specializes in expressive arts therapies, stress reduction, resiliency, recovery, grief/transition issues, and somatic concerns, including trauma and depression. Barbara Jo is an adjunct faculty member for the UT School of Social Work. She is a certified Exercise Specialist and the originator of “Mind Body F.I.T,” a mind/body/spirit approach to wellness. She presents nationally. Some training and workshops include Claiming the Body for helping professionals, Fully Alive, stress reduction training, Embodied Ethics, for clinicians and Know Your Center / Dance Your Edge, DMT groups.
Her integrative and collaborative arts programs are recognized as “Outstanding Accomplishments and Contributions.” Her commitment to building strong communities through Dance and the arts was honored statewide, receiving the First Annual Texas School Social Worker of the Year award in 2001. Barbara Jo has great talent working with adolescents and has written curriculum for Family Forward and Youth Launch, non-profit agencies serving youth and families.
Barbara Jo has choreographed & performed professionally. She performs locally for fun and fundraisers. As a certified leader of InterPlay she has appeared in multiple performances including The Social Work and Spirituality Conference in New York opening plenary. Barbara received her MSSW from UT Austin, Bachelor of Fine Arts from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Dance Pedagogy training from Nikolais-Louis Dance Foundation, NYC, NY.
Stephen Pruitt, Lighting Designer and Technical Director, is what happens when a science geek and aerospace engineer suddenly discovers the arts and performance twenty-two years into his life. Having called Austin home for a decade and a half now despite its complete lack of mountains, snow, or whitewater, Stephen has made due happily, working and collaborating with some of Austin’s most exciting artists. He has been the resident production and lighting designer for KDH Dance since 2010, and is also the resident designer for Forklift Danceworks and Tapestry Dance Company, Trouble Puppet Theater, and a company member and designer with the Rude Mechanicals. His designs, both scenic and lighting, have been nominated for multiple awards around Austin and elsewhere, and he is currently a technical adviser and design consultant for the renovation of Cincinnati’s 100 year old Emery Theater. More information is available at his website: www.fluxiondesigns.com