Katie Arrants

Katie Arrants enjoys investigating the body’s potential for virtuosic movement, painless unencumbered dancing, and heightened presence in performance. She moved to Portland in 2004 and began performing with members of Pigeon, Super Dupity, and the Raw Root Collective at Holy Goats, sidewalk festivals, and local house shows. She also performed with the mixed-ability dance troupe, Impetus Arts.

In 2006, Katie co-founded Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner, a Portland-based performance collective that uses Authentic Movement and the notion of “nonsense” in order to access uninhibited, original movement.

Katie has performed at Portland’s Time Based Art festival in Jennifer Monson’s Birdbrain and the NEXT series at Velocity dance studio in Seattle, as well as innumerable house shows, gallery spaces, sidewalk festivals, and abandoned buildings. Recently, she danced in Mike Barber’s Ten Tiny Dances, Daniel Addy’s aerial work with The Carton Service Project, and Linda K. Johnson’s Promenade, a multi-disciplinary art project on the South Waterfront.

Her studies and movement interests include contemporary dance, release technique, contact improvisation, somatics, hatha yoga, and subtle anatomy. She is thankful to have studied with faculty from WCCIF, SFADI, EDAM, the Zen Monkey Project, and Portland Yoga Arts. Katie has taught performance at the Conduit Summer Dance Intensive, the Heavy Rotation dance series, and the Performatica dance festival in Cholula, Mexico. She has been an instructor of yoga and creative movement since 2002 and currently teaches for Street Yoga, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing yoga and wellness classes to homeless youth.

Photo:  Jeff Forbes

Katie  Arrants