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Biography:
With parents who were a professional ballroom dancing team and a paternal grandfather who was allegedly a tap dancer in vaudeville, Pat Catterson doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t dance. In 1970 she presented her first full evening of choreography at Judson Church and subsequently has choreographed 101 works. A 1996 Fulbright Scholar, she has received multiple grants from the NEA, the CAPS Program, the Harkness Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Companies, individuals, and schools, have commissioned her work, including the Seattle Dance Project, Salt Lake’s Repertory Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Oregon, the Eglevsky Ballet, the Turku School of Art and Communication, Hofstra, Adelphi, Virginia Commonwealth, and Ohio Universities and LaGuardia High School for Music and Art & the Performing Arts.  She has been a Dance Consultant on various other projects including the feature film “I Shot Andy Warhol” and Off Off Broadway shows such as “Phenom.” Formerly on the faculties of Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School, Muhlenberg College, Barnard College, the Merce Cunningham Studio, and Marymount Manhattan College, she cares very deeply about the training of young dance artists and is a sought after guest teacher. She first performed with Yvonne Rainer in 1969 and has worked and toured with her again since 1999 as a dancer and rehearsal assistant. As a custodian of some of Ms Rainer’s early seminal work, she has set them on many individuals and groups nationally and internationally. In addition to being a staff writer for Attitude Magazine, she has been published in Ballet Review, JOPERD and the Dance Research Journal. Early in her career, Ms Catterson performed with the Grand Union, James Cunningham's Acme Dance Co. and the Judith Scott Dance Co. Her most influential teachers were Honi Coles, Charles  "Cooky" Cook, Frances Cott, Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber, Margaret Hills, Jocelyn Lorenz, Martha Myers, Bessie Schönberg, and Judith Scott.  She earned her BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University in 1968 and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in 2009.

photo of of Pat Catterson in "Keepsake"by Otto M. Berk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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